Please join The Animals' Battalion, in solidarity with the animal activists in China fighting to end the Yulin festival and the dog and cat trade completely.
When: Friday June 28, 2019
Where: Consulate General of the Peoples Republic of China[masked]th Ave, New York, New York 10036
Time: 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
(Consulate Hours: Open · 9:00 am – 05:00 pm)
“The consumption of dog meat does have historical precedence in China. At its height during the Han Dynasty (202 - 220 AD), dog meat was considered a delicacy. Yet, dog eating soon lost favor and by the Sui-Tang dynasties (581 -- 907 AD), dog eating had been rejected as an indecent habit. Subsequent dynasties valued dogs as helpers and hunting partners. However, to this day every year, an estimated 10 million dogs are killed for their meat in China.
The Yulin Dog Meat Festival, which happens every year on the summer solstice, is a particularly gruesome display of the dog meat trade. This "festival," where some 10,000 dogs are slaughtered and served up as meals, is often wrongly assumed to be an ancient Chinese tradition. In fact, the festival only dates back to 2009 when it was launched in the city in China's southwest to celebrate the summer solstice.” Stop Yulin Forever
“Many of the animals killed are stolen pets some of which have been seen still wearing their collars. Slaughtering takes place in front of the live animals, usually with a club to induce the pain and fear that some restaurant owners claim makes their adrenaline-rich meat tastier.
Opinion is turning against the festival. Since 2014, the local government has sought to disassociate itself from the event, forbidding its employees from attending and limiting its size by shutting down some dog markets and slaughter houses.
Chinese activists have held protests around the country to oppose dog eating and outrage on social media is also having an effect. Dog meat restaurants have been forced to take the festival indoors and large-scale open air dog meat consumption is no longer seen.
However, Chinese activists have said a draft animal cruelty law remains mired in China's legislature and prosecution of dog thieves and those violating animal transport laws remains lax.”