In Yulin, China, the summer solstice marks the annual dog-eating festival. This cruel and inhumane festival claims the lives of thousands of dogs every summer.
Many of the festival’s victims are stolen pets and strays found on the streets, and driven thousands of miles across China to be bludgeoned to death in front of each other. Some arrive at the slaughterhouses still wearing their collars.
Staff members from Humane Society International (HSI) have been working hard to draw attention to the cruelty and to work with Chinese activists and animal-loving citizens to stop this horrific trade.
HSI and Duo Duo Animal Welfare Project (DDAWP) have announced a new ban on selling dog meat at restaurants, street vendors and markets at China’s Yulin dog meat festival. This ban will go into effect on June 15 2017, just one week before the festival begins.
Anyone caught selling dog meat would risk a 100,000 yuan fine (nearly $15,000) and arrest.
The ban is part of an effort to fix the public image of Yulin, and was initiated shortly after a new party secretary, Mo Gong Ming, took office. Although the ban is temporary, people who have been fighting this for years are calling the ban a “milestone victory” in their efforts to stop this gruesome event.
Ming’s actions are part of his plan to overhaul the public image of Yulin and create a “city of culture and civilization.” Ending the festival is a gigantic step in the right direction.
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