Have you ever heard of the dog meat festival in Yulin, China? This festival is set to begin on June 21 this year, and thousands of dogs will be slaughtered and served in restaurants.
Here is what'll happen during the annual festival:
The tradition of eating dog meat dates back four or five hundred years in China, South Korea and other countries, as it is believed to ward off the heat of the summer months, according to state news agency Xinhua. Figures shows that about 30 million dogs are killed across Asia every year for their meat, with more than a third of that number killed in China.
But what does the public really think about eating dog meat?
There have been frequent calls to treat animals more humanely in China. Campaigning group Humane Society International has described the Yulin event as a "nightmare not a festival". A petition with more than 11 million signatures was presented to the Chinese Embassy in London, according to Humane Society International. The effort to end the Yulin festival has extended as far as the United States Congress. Last month, Representative Alcee L. Hastings, Democrat of Florida, introduced a resolution condemning the festival and urging China to enforce its food safety regulations and enact laws banning animal cruelty.
Opponents say many dogs are either stolen or are strays rounded up for the festival. They say many are caged in cramped conditions before being killed. Celebrities including British comedian Ricky Gervais have criticised the festival along with Chinese pop star Chen Kun, actors Yang Mi and Fan Bingbing.
Topics with tags such as #StopYulin have attracted wide attention and many retweets. Even some organizations were founded by animal rights advocates on social platform.
English comedian Ricky Gervais with Downton Abbey stars speak out against the cruelty of the Yulin dog meat festival:
And many other common people spontaneously join them to save these dogs:
Yang Xiaoyun purchased the dogs to save them from slaughter.
Marc Ching has almost died three times during his four trips to Yulin for saving the dogs:
Dog meat festival foes protest in China and overseas:
After being rescued, a dog touches the hand of a rescuer, as if it is showing gratitude:
Its proponents quibble that the practice is cultural heritage and argue that eating dogs is no different from eating cows or turkeys.
What's your opinion about it? Do you have something to say?
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