The Yulin Dog Meat Festival (or The Lychee and Dog Meat Festival) is an annual celebration held in Yulin, a city in the southeastern province of Guangxi in southern China. The festival began in the recent past – in 2009.It is held around the summer solstice and lasts ten days . During those ten days of festivities, dogs are paraded in wooden crates and cages and are taken to be slaughtered and cooked for consumption by festival participants.
If the reports are to be believed around 10,000 dogs are killed during the festival. Critics claim that the animals are treated in cruel and inhumane ways, they are kept in cramped and unhygienic caged. Not only this, but they are also transported over long distances without food or water and killed with clubs. The most disturbing thing, if some media outlets are to be believed, is that dogs are intentionally tortured or boiled alive to improve the taste of their meat.
The eating of dog meat in China dates back thousands of years. Dog meat has been a source of food in some areas from around 500 BC and possibly even earlier.
But some misconceptions are there regarding the dog consumption in China. Dogs have been used as household guards and hunters in China in the past. Although people may have resorted to eating dogs during the times of famine or extreme hardships in the past.
Amidst all these, there is good news for the dog lovers. Many Chinese activities are coming forward and saving the dogs. Reports from 2014 and 2016 have also suggested that the majority of Chinese both on and offline disapprove of the festival. Millions of people from China and abroad have signed petitions to ban the cruelty towards the dogs. It is even said that the festival does not have any cultural or traditional value and exits primarily for commercial gain.
At the end, we can just pray that people should come forward and stop this cruelty towards the dogs. After all, the killing of innocent dogs can’t be celebrated.