In this era of fast growing technology, you might have heard something about the dog meat festival in China. Lets get into that in details,
Since 2009, people in China, started celebrating a festival where they collect & kill a lot of dogs for the purpose of meat consumption, which is known as Yulin festival or Lychee & Dog Meat Festival.
It may surprise you but the truth is Chinese people had been eating dog meat for more that 4000 years. Chinese people believe that eating dog meat can help in reducing the heat that they feel in Summer season, however it is not scientifically proven.
How many dogs are taken?
When the month of June comes up, they celebrate this festival, & it is estimated that 10, 000 to 15, 000 dogs are taken for this Yulin Festival. The harsh reality of this festival is that, local people reported that large number of dogs are put into the metal cages & killed violently.
Is it okay to eat dog meat with China?
Yes, absolutely, they don’t have any problem in killing dogs. Literally, in every year, they kill almost 10 to 20 millions of dogs for consumption. We may see it as a horrific festival but Chinese people are completely okay with this dog meat festival. Despite of raising this controversial fact, China don’t seem to care about it.
The beginning of the Yulin Festival
Many people have this common question that, when did this festival begin its journey. The Answer is this festival was first stared in the summer season of 2009, since then, people celebrate it on an annual basis.
Protests against this horrible festival
The good news is that people from many countries are signing up for the petition against this event. Activities from many countries has raised their voices.
Media Awareness against Yulin
Some notable movements from the media, were able to come into the action for creating a great awareness. You may put some hashtags (#stopyulin & #stopulinforever) on instagram & facebook & see the results. The good news is that this awareness helped the animal activities all around the world to raise their voices.
Some celebrities like, Rob Zombie, George Lopez, Leona Lewis & Ricky Garvais had publicly shown a great condemnation about this Yulin festival. Celebrety like Ricky Gervais, urged to stop this horrible event back in 2015. He also tweeted about it by claiming that, whether you are an atheist or believer, hunter or vegan, its not a right thing to do to torture and skinn a dog at all.
Controversies regarding this Yulin
People who support explicitly mentioned that dog meat is not different than the meat of other animal, rather these people think that torturing dogs, in multiple ways, is more likely to help them in getting good quality of meat. They also believe that this is the part of their culture. The supported of Yulin festival, believe that, the meat of dog has a great amount of nutrients which can be beneficial for health.
However, people on the opposite side, claimed that this is extremely violent for any dog. The Humane Society International had reported that, majority of the dogs that are traded in this festival, are stolen. Animal activities, had reported that the dogs that are traded in this festival, are boiled alive, some are either clubbed to death or skinned alive. Also, countless numbers of dogs are stolen & then taken for slaughtering. The protestors believe that, wheather the meat is healthy or not, this festival must be stopped because it is extremely violent.
Is there any other country that eats dog meat like China?
Yes, people from South Korea, also eat dog meat in need of healthy nutrients. We may see it as a disgusting fact, but people in China & South Korea are completely okay with it. They actually enjoy this meal. You may get shocked to know that, in some areas of china and Yulin, people actually consider that the dog meat is a part of delicacy. They consider that its a very delicious food.
Current state of Yulin Festival
In February of 2020, China had officially put up a temporary ban for trading any wild animals for consumption, since the “wet market” in the Wuhan was taken into suspected for COVID 19 outbreak. The good news is that the number of dogs had been decreased to 3,000 for celebrating the Yulin Festival. However, regarding to animal rights group Animal Asia, they estimated that nearly 10 million of dogs are being slaughtered every year for meat only in China.
Peter Li from Humane society said that he hopes that Yulin festival will change, for at least the sake for the health and safety of people.
Robert William was born in Auckland, New Zealand who is a former author of Pets Health Blog.
He has a great experience in blogging for more than three years. Robert is a regular author & member of this Blog who is studying Veterinary Science at Massey University