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.