The Yulin Dog Meat Festival was supposed to have been canceled two years ago. Now, authorities in Guangxi province deny its existence, although animal protection activists and the owners of abducted pets do not believe it is true.
According to China Daily, the English-language spokesperson for the Chinese regime, activists estimate that 10,000 dogs are euthanized each year for the festival. Photographs posted on Chinese social media show scores of cats and dogs in various stages of abuse or prosecution.
More and more Chinese are speaking out and taking action against this centuries-old practice of eating cat and dog meat.
Yang Xiaoyun, a 65-year-old woman from the northern Chinese city of Tianjin, saved thousands of yuan to go to Guangxi and buy as many live animals as possible to prevent them from being eaten, the state People's Daily reported. .
The social media rejection of the Yulin festival has gone viral both in China and the rest of the world.
Hundreds of thousands of Chinese netizens have spoken out against the festival. In recent decades, pets have become increasingly popular with China's middle class, leading people, especially the young, to view them more as companions and less as food.
In a poster against the Yulin Festival that is circulating on Chinese social networks, a dog with a red tear is seen that says: “Please don't eat us. We are your friends".
On Facebook, which is banned in China, a page titled “Stop Yulin Cat & Dog Meat Festival 2015” garnered more than 63,000 likes.
Many of the animals that are slaughtered during the festival are kidnapped in other provinces and transferred to Guangxi.
When two people from Hunan discovered two robbers killing and stealing their dogs on June 4, they chained them to posts and beat them for nine hours, according to the People's Daily. When the police arrived at the scene, the neighbors demanded that the government compensate them; Faced with the negative answer, they attacked the police and damaged the patrol car. Later reinforcements arrived and the robbers were taken into custody.
According to Humane Society International, Yunlin authorities warned restaurant owners of possible protests during the festival, scheduled for June 21. It will be held a week earlier than usual, in an apparent attempt to lessen the controversy, state-owned Xinhua said.
The Epoch Times