YULIN,CHINA – In some parts of the world, dogs are considered as the man’s best friend but in Yulin, in Guangxi province in southern China, people cooked and eaten dogs in an annual dog eating festival this month.
Activists found out that more than 10,000 dogs and cats were cooked during this festival and kept in slaughterhouses. Many of the animals were being stolen, raised in household and farms too.
The authorities claimed that the festival had been banned but undercover investigation discovered hundreds of dogs and cats were crammed tightly in tiny wired cages that many animals died from shock, starvation and dehydration.
Humane Society International (HSI) launched an investigation after it suspected thousands of cats and dogs are still being inhumanely killed there in their thousands.
HSI’s Peter Li discovered that Local slaughterhouse workers were instructed to only kill animals under the cover of darkness and restaurants were told to remove the words ‘dog meat’ from their menus in an attempt to cover up the festival’s existence.
‘The place was full of blood, internal organs of the dogs and cats, blow torched carcasses, and freshly slaughtered dogs hanging on hooks’ Mr Li added.
It is legal to eat dogs in China and the country has no law protecting the welfare of pets but its Ministry of Agriculture has strict rules which require cats and dogs to have ‘health certificates’ before they are transported.
The mass-transport of animals over long distances increases the risk of rabies and threatens the health and safety of the people who eat them.
It is pertinent to mention here that dog meat is often cooked in hotpots with peeled lychees and liquor, and are said to bring good health and luck. Chinese legends say eating dog meat dispels evil ghosts and disease and can even boost men’s sexual performance.
Angry activists coming from UK, United States (US) and Australia on social media are trying to completely ban the festival using the hashtag #StopYulin2015 while some videos have been created urging the government to end the inhumane festival.
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