Warning: Graphic Content. Readers may find this article distressing. We are sharing it because we believe you will want to help us stop this cruel event.
This weekend marks the beginning of the Yulin Dog Meat Festival, one of the most reprehensible and barbaric events in the world. Tens of thousands of dogs and cats are publicly tortured and slaughtered to make a traditional dish that purportedly staves off the winter chill. GreaterGood, in partnership with Humane Society International, has been fighting to end this festival. While the festival is still moving forward this year, progress is being made.
One amazing point of progress in ending the festival is the presentation of over 11 million signatures from numerous petitions to the Chinese government. China’s leaders have taken a stance against abuse and dog meat farms in recent years, but since Yulin denies the festival, claiming it has no knowledge and have not endorsed it, the government has less control over it. However, given the increasing backlash, and the incredible support for ending it both in China and abroad, the petitions could have a motivating effect on the party leaders.
In the meantime, heroic individuals have been putting themselves between the trucks transporting dogs and their destination, saving hundreds of dogs from being butchered over the weekend. Recently volunteers with HSI stopped a truck outside of Beijing after seeing it crammed with around 200 dogs headed for Yulin. The standoff lasted three days, with volunteers preventing the truck from moving, and giving the dogs food and water through the bars to keep them alive. Sadly, around 20 of the dogs had already died due to the horrifically cramped conditions and lack of water. One of the most disturbing finds was the number of dogs with tags and collars, illustrating the horrifying level of animal theft that fuels the festival.
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While HSI is doing incredibly brave work in preventing animals from being taken to Yulin, there will still be 10,000 or more animals beaten to death and butchered throughout the festival. 11 million signatures are significant, but there is a pressing need for even more support. Every voice leads us one step closer to ending this atrocity!
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