Dog Meat Festival To Go On In China Despite Protests
Despite yet another year of heavy protests from animal rights activists across the globe, the annual Dog Meat festival, which celebrates the country’s love for the disgusting “delicacy,” will go on as planned.
via Huffington Post
Despite widespread outrage, a dog meat festival in China will be going ahead as planned this week.
The festival, which kicks off on Friday, is an annual celebration that takes place in the city of Yulin in the Guangxi province. According to the Guardian, the event is considered an ancient summer solstice tradition by local residents. They are said to “cherish their city’s dog-meat culture, which involves the mass consumption of dog-meat hotpot served with lychees and strong grain liquor.”
Animal rights groups insist, however, the festival is cruel. Activists say about 10,000 dogs — reportedly often transported and kept in inhumane conditions — are killed during the festival every year; many are burned, electrocuted and skinned alive, according to reports.
“We have seen animals beaten just before being cooked,” Du Yufeng, founder of Chinese animal rights group Boai Small Animal Protection Center, told the Agence France-Presse. “The more we inspect, the more cruelty we discover.”
Whether you’re a dog lover or don’t really care for animals, we just think this is cruel…and gross….any way you spin it. SMH.