Controversial Chinese Festival Goes Forward With Slaughter of 40,000 Dogs and 10,000 Cats

220px-Terrier_mixed-breed_dogDespite heroic efforts of Chinese animal rights activists, the controversial Yulin Festival in China’s southern Guangxi province occurred on Sunday with the slaughter of up to 40,000 dogs and 10,000 cats — a practice widely condemned for its cruelty. Thousands of cats and dogs have been slaughtered at the Yulin Festival despite government promises to end the practice which has been condemned internationally on grounds of animal cruelty.

220px-Laici_untuk_jualanThe animals are served with the tropical fruit in the area, lychee, as a celebration of the arrival of summer. Dozens of dogs are stuffed into single cages and they are generally electrocuted, burned, and skinned. Activists say that the animals are often still alive when they are skinned.

Activists tried to block the streets of such places as the Dashichang dog market but were attacked by locals with sticks and had dog and cat entrails thrown at them. In the meantime, vendors used blowtorches on the animals to prepare their carcasses for sale to restaurants. Many are stolen pets or strays that are left emaciated and dirty in cramped cages.

While China has long been condemned for its wide spread cruelty to animals from mistreatment in zoos to conditions in markets, it is also important to note that these brave activists are Chinese who have fought diligently to save the animals — including buying the animals to rescue them.For example, Yang Xiaoyun, 65, paid roughly 7,000 Yuan (£720) to save 100 dogs.

The government opposes the slaughter and puts the death toll as 10,000 dogs and 4,000 cats were killed in 2014 but activists put the figure this year around 40,000 dogs and 10,000 cats.

26 thoughts on “Controversial Chinese Festival Goes Forward With Slaughter of 40,000 Dogs and 10,000 Cats”

  1. Yes the U.S. is the superior culture. We slaughter cows, chickens, pigs routinely, and for sport kill ducks, deer, buffalo, etc., etc… And need I mention drone hunts? Who is the butcher?

  2. “I think the Indians (the American ones) ate dogs, too.”

    Some European guy, a few centuries ago, called these people Indian because he did not know better. But in this time, someone calling Native Americans, Indians, is just ignorant.

  3. the guy above who said it wasn’t sustainable….10k cats last year 40k this year….? Places in america even have feral cat problems…prob much worse there. Not condoning it but it might be sustainable maybe why every so often it is the year of the rat….

  4. Well said, persona, perspective seems to be the most lacking trait in American society. So quick we are to point the finger while doing 10 times worse.
    50, 000 dogs? How many innocent women and children have our bombs decimated?
    And the same people shedding tears for dogs and cats, are the same people hardhearted in front of the suffering of people, whether here or there.

  5. Controversial Chinese Festival Goes Forward With Slaughter of 40,000 Dogs and 10,000 Cats

    We high-minded Americans look down upon our lowbrow-troglodyte-brethren the Chinese with utter disdain for slaughtering 50,000 dogs and cats that Americans hold dear to heart.

    While at the same time in the US during 2013 there were 32 million cows, 8.6 billion chickens, 24 millions ducks, 113 million hogs, 2.3 million lambs and 239 million turkeys slaughtered in various industrial style slaughter houses checkering the land.

    Americans also euthanize their beloved cats and dogs in great numbers. From The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals website:

    Each year, approximately 2.7 million animals are euthanized (1.2 million dogs and 1.4 million cats).

    America is also responsible for the slaughter of tens of millions of innocent human beings whether they be aboriginal North Americans, Mexican, Latin American, South American, Filipino, African, Asian or European.

    American culture is swimming in an ocean of death.

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