Sources say the Yulin, China government aims to ban dog meat from being consumed at this infamous festival.
According to sources obtained by the Humane Society International and Duo Duo Animal Welfare Project (DDAWP), the Yulin government will not allow restaurants, street vendors, or market traders to sell dog meat at the Yulin Festival this summer.
The Yulin Lychee and Dog Meat Festival became famous when reports of dogs and cats being beaten, skinned, and consumed spread like wildfire worldwide. The festival itself has only been around since 2010 but has shed light on current domestic animal consumption, and abuse, in China.
The 2017 festival begins on the summer solstice, June 21, but sources say Mr. Mo Gong Ming, Yulin's new party secretary, will set the ban on June 15. If any vendors are caught selling dog meat they may face fines up to 100,000 yuan or jail time. It was not confirmed that cat meat would be included in the ban.
Festival-goers argue that eating dog and cat meat is a tradition in the area, but that has since been deemed false with reports and surveys of most Chinese disapproving of the event. While dog meat has been consumed for centuries in East China, the popularity, and necessity, has declined, especially among the youth.
While this announcement has not been confirmed by Chinese officials, the Humane Society International is hopeful this means that the days of Eastern countries eating dog and cat meat will end. This is their plea to the Yulin government:
"HSI would like to urge the Yulin authorities to take additional steps: make this ban permanent; announce publicly that all inbound dog trucks would face a penalty if dogs and cats are shipped into the city illegally; enforce the country's food safety laws strictly so that poisonous dog meat will not harm consumers; and build a government facility to accommodate dogs and cats confiscated from illegal shipping operations. In China, dogs butchered for the trade are stolen from their owners or gathered off the streets."
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