It was recently reported that the Chinese government was to ban dog meat sales at the annual Yulin Dog Meat Festival, as a result of mass protests by concerned citizens, local activists and other groups throughout the world, through petitions and social media. In China too, more and more people are rebelling. A Chinese survey of several animal rights organisations shows that the vast majority of respondents are in favour of a ban on the notorious Yulin Festival and on eating dog meat altogether. The Party for the Animals calls upon its members to sign the petition against the sale of dog meat.
At the annual Yulin Festival on 21 June, around 10,000 dogs are slaughtered and eaten by visitors of the festival. Contrary to popular belief, the Yulin festival is not a traditional event but one invented in 2009. Many of the dogs are stolen pets. As many of the animals are seriously ill or injured, the dog meat trade poses a serious threat to public health considering the risk of rabies and cholera.
Animal welfare organisations report that, despite promises of the Chinese authorities to fight against the sale of dog meat, the ban is barely maintained. That is why the Party for the Animals and other organisations involved have called on their members to keep signing the Avaaz petition against Yulin, in order to put pressure on the Chinese government to uphold the ban. Since the Party for the Animals’ appeal of 28 June, over 4,000 supporters of the Dutch Party for the Animals have already signed the petition. Worldwide, millions of signatures have been collected.
Chinese activists point out that although the ban on dog meat sales at the Yulin Festival is a good step forward, we must not forget about the even bigger issue of the daily dog meat trade throughout the entire country. This problem needs a holistic and consistent approach, according to the activists.