This weekend is the annual Yulin Meat Festival in China. Basically, thousands of dogs and cats will be tortured, beaten, cooked alive and served up as food to festival goers. It launched in 2009 to “celebrate” the Summer Solstice. It is believed that by torturing the animals before eating eating them, their meat will taste better. Absolutely barbaric. Be warned-the pictures online are absolutely horrifying and will cause nightmares.
Not only is this a horrifying practice, but it is also very harmful to humans. China has the second highest rate of rabies in humans, which is often transmitted by the slaughter and transport of infected and unvaccinated dogs. Also, many of the dogs that are eaten at these festivals were once house pets, and were stolen from their homes. This often causes angry and violent confrontations between dog owners and dog meat traders.
But you can do something about this. Sign this petition to Governor Yulin Guang XI Province China, Mr. Chen Wu, and the Chinese Minister of Agriculture to voice your opinion and urge him to put an end to this cruel and unnecessary festival. And use the #StopYulin2015 across all of your social media channels, like Ian Somerhalder, Ricky Gervais and Nikki Reed did and spread the word. This has to stop once ad for all.