Every year in China, thousands of dogs and cats are cruelly killed and used for food at the Yulin Dog Meat Festival. The thought of animals, who we consider pets, being killed, cooked and eaten, is inconceivable to most of us.
Some might think, “Who are we to criticize China for eating dog and cat meat when we don’t bat an eyelash eating cows, chickens, or pigs?” The difference is that, according to the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), 70 percent of Chinese citizens have never eaten dog meat. A recent poll conducted by HSUS International and the group Avaaz found that as many as 64 percent of people in China believe that the Yulin Dog Meat Festival should end. The HSUS believes that if they could see the festival up close, those numbers would be even higher. The HSUS states, “Thousands of dogs and cats will meet a terrifying end, by being bludgeoned and beaten to death, then skinned, all in front of other dogs and cats huddled together in cages, witnesses to the existential violence that awaits them, too.”
The Yulin Dog Meat Festival began only in 2010 and it’s not a traditional activity. In addition, each dog and cat is required to have an individual health certificate under law, but most dogs and cats on the trucks are strays and pets with no such papers.
The cruelty that is taking place in Yulin is the direct result of inadequate animal welfare laws. If you would like to express your opposition to the Yulin dog meat festival, you can contact the Chinese Embassy by visiting this website.
A Santa Barbara group has taken it upon themselves to help animals from the Yulin Dog Meat Festival. Davey’s Voice, a nonprofit that helps prevent animal abuse, has recently started the transportation of 41 Yulin Dog Meat Festival survivors. Six dogs have already arrived into Santa Barbara as of Monday, September 19 and more are on the way.
Please contact Davey’s Voice if you are interested in adopting one of the survivors. You can download an adoption form on their website: here and email it to: firstname.lastname@example.org.