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.