The Summer Solstice not only marks the beginning of summer, but also something much more sinister. The annual Yulin Dog Meat Festival, held in southwestern China, has just started and is full of unimaginable torture.
Dogs, many of them stolen house pets, are captured and crammed into small cages, and held util they are beaten to death, tortured, boiled, electrocuted, and skinned alive before they are eaten. And while dogs are being murdered, other dogs are watching and crying as they see, hear, and smell what is about to happen to them. The amount of suffering that these animals go through is beyond cruel and inhumane.
According to the Humane Society, one of the Chinese activists working to free the dogs from this horror, Wei, described the dog slaughterhouse as being “swelteringly hot.”
“The dogs were exhausted and panting, some pressing themselves tight against the wall in an effort not to be noticed. Others chased around our legs eager for attention,” he said, describing the scene.
The Yulin Dog Meat Festival is not a traditional event by any means; it was invented as recently as 2010 by dog traders trying to boost flagging dog meat sales and attract tourists. Before the festival started, Yulin had no history of mass dog slaughter and consumption.”
It is estimated that 10 million dogs are slaughtered for meat in China annually. People in some other Asian countries, such as Vietnam and South Korea, also have the tradition of eating dogs.
Urge Prime Minister of China, Li Keqiang, to end the dog and cat meat trade. Click here to sign the petition.
CONTACT YOUR LOCAL CONGRESSMAN/ SENATORS regarding H. R. 6720, the Senate counterpart to already passed House Resolution 401, that calls for the end of the Dog Meat Trade. H. R. 6720 expands upon House Resolution 401 and calls for a $5000 penalty in the occurrence of transportation, delivery, possession, and slaughter of dogs and cats for human consumption. To find out who is the correct HOUSE representative please click HERE, to find the correct Senate representative, please click HERE.
Together, we can help to put an end to this senseless and cruel event.