Tue, Jun 3, 2014

Mass consumption of dog meat, Yulin City, 21st June

The AFA Coalition is deeply concerned to hear of the pending mass consumption of dog meat in Yulin City, defended by many as the "Summer Solstice Lychee Dog Meat Festival", planned to take place on the 21st June. The event will see the brutal killing of an estimated 10,000 dogs.

At previous events, eyewitnesses, local investigators and the media have reported crude and brutal forms of handling and slaughter, including bludgeoning and live-skinning, often in public view.

Despite claims from Yulin officials that the dogs are raised by local farmers, in reality the theft of dogs by criminal gangs to supply the demand for dog meat is an ever-growing problem. Stolen pets and dogs collected from the streets and rural communities are then transported to the city on filthy, overcrowded trucks, posing a significant risk to rabies and other communicable disease transmission.

Whilst some defend the event as a local "folk custom", the reality is that, regardless of its origin, the promotion of the mass consumption of dog meat is a profit-driven event that undermines the national and public interest and safety, and promotes the illegal sourcing and trading of dogs, posing a serious risk to human health, public safety, societal stability, and animal welfare.

AFA supports efforts being led by local animal protection groups, and has written to the Governor of Guangxi Province urging the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region government to take urgent action to prevent the dog meat event in recognition of the grave concerns for both human health and safety, and animal welfare the planned festival poses.

Call for Action

  • We need to generate international support to prevent the needless suffering of thousands of dogs. Please click on the link below and you'll be taken to a form that will enable you to send an email over 200 Chinese Embassies and Consulates.


  • Here is the letter that will be sent (you can also copy from here and send manually).

    I am writing to express my deep concerns regarding the pending event that promotes the mass consumption of dog meat in Yulin City, planned to take place on the 21st June, which will result in the brutal killing of an estimated 10,000 dogs.

    At previous events, eyewitnesses, local investigators and the media have reported crude and brutal forms of handling and slaughter, including bludgeoning and live-skinning, often in public view.

    Despite claims from Yulin officials that the dogs are raised by local farmers, in reality the theft of dogs by criminal gangs to supply the demand for dog meat is an ever-growing problem. Stolen pets and dogs collected from the streets and rural communities are then transported to the city on filthy, overcrowded trucks, posing a significant risk to rabies and other communicable disease transmission.

    Whilst some defend the event as a local "folk custom", the reality is that, regardless of its origin, it is a profit-driven event that undermines the national and public interest and safety, and promotes the illegal sourcing and trading of dogs, posing a serious risk to human health, public safety, societal stability, and animal welfare.

    I appeal to you to urge the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region government to put an end to this event, and to send a clear message of prioritizing the health and welfare of its people and condemning those who make mass profits through the theft, poisoning and trade in dogs.

     

    Once you click the link you will be able to send this email to over 200 Chinese embassies automatically.