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Even after rumors of a ban on Yulin festival this year, the notorious Chinese dog meat festival started yesterday. Many shops in the Nanqiao market were seen slaughtering slabs of dogs and cooking/frying the dog flesh.
After the initial reports that authorities would prohibit the dog meat festival in the southern town of Yulin, vendors and officials reached a compromise – setting a limit of two dogs displayed per stall, said animal rights groups.
However, people were seen thronging the Nanqiao market for dog meat. Some vendors sold only dog parts, including liver. All this happened, even in the presence of heavy police standing outside the market and at all intersections.
“Despite the fact that there does not seem to be a ban on all dog meat, the festival appears to be smaller this year, with fewer dogs losing their lives to this cruel industry,” Irene Feng of Animals Asia told AFP.
Thousands of dogs have traditionally been killed during the festival in conditions activists describe as brutal, with dogs beaten and boiled alive in the belief that the more terrified they are, the tastier the meat.
Dog meat sellers have said previously that activists’ protests have actually attracted greater attention and encouraged more people to eat the meat.
According to the Humane Society International
Between 10 million and 20 million dogs are killed for food annually in China. Dog meat consumption is not illegal in China, but animal rights groups have sought to stop its sale at the annual festival.
Ways and demand for dog meat
Outside the market, vendors sold stewed dog meat out of enormous steaming works, shoveling big portions into plastic bags for passing customers.
Some changed their “dog meat” signs to read “tasty meat” instead. One restaurant put yellow paper over the character for a dog.
Another restaurant’s owner surnamed Yang said he sells rice noodle soup in the morning but lunch customers order dog.
“Business during the festival goes up about nine fold. But don’t worry, we always manage to have enough dogs. He planned to sell six dogs a day during the festival,” he said.
Today is the 2nd day of the festival, and the horror will continue for next 8 days! What can be done to stop this atrocity?
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Here is a petition to stop Yulin Festival in 2018 – Stop the 2018 Yulin dog meat festival