Many animal rights activism groups have recently been posting that the horrific and cruel Yulin Dog Meat Eating Festival, where thousands of dogs are brutally tortured and killed in China, has been cancelled. This is sadly not the case. Please read below for more information and get involved to help!
Marc Ching of The Animal Hope and Wellness Foundation met with the Yulin Government to speak about the ban on dog meat sales during the festival, and publications claiming the Yulin Dog Meat Festival is over.
In a direct statement from the Yulin Political Affairs Director and the Yulin Chief of Police – “There is no ban on dog meat sales during the festival as some animal rights groups have claimed.” Government officials made it very clear that they are not in support of the festival, but have expressed they can do little in regards to opposing what the people want.
Mr. Ching of AHWF also met with the Yulin Food and Drug Administration, which oversees dog meat sales and food quality control of meat within the city. In a direct statement from their officials to Animal Hope and Wellness – “There is no current or proposed ban on dog meat sales during the festival.” In an effort to speak with the people, Mr. Ching and Suki Su of AHWF went to the two largest dog meat markets, DongKuo Market and NanQiao Market. In conversations with over twenty dog meat vendors, no one had knowledge or was aware of any pending or proposed dog meat sales ban. Marc also met with the owner of one of the largest slaughterhouses in Yulin who claims the festival is still happening, and that “his” sales during the festival this year will reach over 2000 dogs. “Restaurants have already begun putting in orders, and trucks will start their travel to the province,” he stated in conversation with Mr. Ching.
One thing he did mention, is that usually this is a “sensitive time, but no one seems to be protesting like they have in prior years.” The message Mr. Ching of AHWF wants to communicate to the public, is that this is when your words matter most. “I feel so sad for the dogs that will die and suffer because of these mistruths. Usually there is huge intentional pressure before the coming days of the festival, but this year there is not. The only way we will see Yulin end, is by people continuing to stand up to speak for the animals.”
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This festival MUST come to an end, once and for all!