The Lychee and Dog Meat festival, commonly referred to as Yulin Dog Meat Festival, is an annual celebration held in Yulin, Guangxi, China, during the summer solstice in which festival goers eat dog meat and lychees.
Earlier this year, U.S. campaigners, protesters, animal lovers around the globe claimed that vendors had been told by authorities not to sell dog meat.
But stall holders at the festival had told the BBC they had heard nothing about this from officials.
One activist in the city claims she was prevented by police from entering the Dashichang market where she believed live dogs were on sale.
According to the online site ‘Petitions,’ the festival is the busiest time of the year for Chinese dog meat traders. Thousands of dogs are rounded off the streets from all over China and shipped to the southern city of Yulin, crammed in tiny crates, they face a long, harrowing journey to Yulin. Many dogs do not survive the trip itself.
Yulin is where the infamous dog eating festival will start, according to plan, and just happened on June 21st, marking the Summer Solstice – a very special day in the Chinese calendar.
Estimates indicate that over 10, 000 dogs will be skinned or boiled alive and cooked in just a matter of days; all in the name of culinary tradition.
Locals believe that the more the dogs suffer, the better the meat tastes (because the rush of adrenaline tends to soften the meat). If your heart is strong enough to watch a video of a dog being boiled alive in a wok, moving, struggling, crying in pain, you can visit this site: LINK. What’s alarming is most of the time, the aim is not to kill the dog straight away… sometimes they will be tortured for hours.
After initial reports of the ban, animal rights groups said vendors and officials reached a compromise; setting a limit of only two dogs displayed per stall.
But multiple carcasses rested on some stalls at the main Nanqiao market, with eyes shut, stiff pointy tails, leathery yellow skin, and bared teeth as if in a final growl.
The event has drawn waves of criticism from media and animal lovers, with influential and prominent people leading campaigns around the world in a bid to stop it.
We would like to leave these questions here for you to think:
Are you an animal lover?
Are you a dog meat eater?
How sure are you that meat on your plate is what you think it is?
Do you know how that animal on your buffet is transported and killed?
Do you respect other people’s traditions and beliefs?
What will you do to help stop this?
What have you done to help stop this? Is it enough?
People eat meat, people need protein, from fish, poultry, pork, and at sometimes from least expected and acceptable animals and sources (not trying to spawn a ‘vegetarian’ debate here), but it is very safe to say that at least take the life of an animal humanely before cooking or eating it. Even lions know how to ‘kill fast’ their prey, straight to the neck, and die in seconds, how much more us ‘intelligent beasts’?