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China’s dog-meat festival opens for another year

Anukul

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In spite of the Government’s campaign to boost animal welfare, China’s infamous annual dog-meat festival opened again, but activists hope that its days are numbered. An animal rights activist, Zhang Qianqian, who was in Yulin Saturday, says it was only a matter of time before the dog meat festival had been banned.

“From what we understand from our conversations with meat sellers, leaders have said the consumption of dog meat won’t be allowed in future.”

“But banning dog-meat consumption is going to be hard and will take some time.”

The 10 day festival in the southwestern town Yulin normally draws thousands of tourists, many of whom buy dogs for the pot in tight cages, but the numbers decreased this year.

The government is drafting new legislation to ban trade in wildlife and protect livestock, and campaigners hope that this year’s festival will be the last time.

Peter Li, China’s policy specialist for the Animal Rights Group, Humane Society International says he hopes Yulin will change not only for the sake of the animals but also for the health and safety of its people.

“Allowing mass gatherings to trade in and consume dog meat in crowded markets and restaurants in the name of a festival poses a significant public health risk.”

In April, Shenzhen became China’s first city to ban dogs, with others set to follow. The Ministry of Agriculture has also agreed to identify dogs as livestock and not pets, but how reclassification affects Yulin ‘s trade remains unclear.

The coronavirus is suspected to have originated in horseshoe bats in the city of Wuhan before it was crossed into humans, forcing China to reassess its connection to animals and vowed to ban the trade in wildlife.

China's dog-meat festival opens for another year | News by Thaiger

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SOURCE: The Jakarta Post

 

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    Harold Waldack

    Monday, June 22, 2020 at 4:33 pm

    Hi there, are you certain about below translation/article?

    The Ministry of Agriculture has also agreed to identify dogs as livestock and not pets, but how reclassification affects Yulin ‘s trade remains unclear.

    Rgds.

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      Michele

      Tuesday, June 23, 2020 at 4:00 am

      It’s absolutely disgusting what those poor dogs go through

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      Sitangshu Kar

      Tuesday, June 23, 2020 at 3:09 pm

      Dog-meat Festival is just reminding people proudly that our ancestors were jungle people who didn’t discriminate what to eat and what not to.

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        Susan Potter

        Wednesday, June 24, 2020 at 5:02 pm

        You are no longer “Jungle People” and have no need to be killing and eating dogs. Those of us in the 21st century regard dogs as beloved family members, esteemed companions who provide assistance to the disabled in every form and help those front line workers responding to disasters, helping them save lives. To the average dog owner they are a bottomless pit of unconditional love. It is an honor to be loved by a dog, or cat or any animal that has become a part of our lives. The past is the past. We have evolved and recognize that we have NO NEED to eat what are considered pets by the majority of people on this planet. If you wish to honor your ancestors, please do, but do so in a manner that demonstrates the progress we have made as human beings. Some cultures used to do human sacrifices but you don’t see any of that now do you?

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          BRIAN DUNNE

          Friday, June 26, 2020 at 6:03 am

          I had left a comment, it was instantly cencored. Ill leave it again. CHINA SEEMS TO WANT TO PISS OFF EVERYONE. EATING DOGS AND CATS ARE ABHORRENT, BECAUSE DOGS AND CATS CAN FEEL PAIN AND LOVE. THE ONLY THING MORE ABHORRENT WOULD BE EATING PEOPLE. IM SURE THEY WILL START WITH THOSE TWO CANADIAN BUSINESSMEN THERE HOLDING FOR TRUMPED UP CHARGES.

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        BRIAN DUNNE

        Friday, June 26, 2020 at 5:42 am

        Its seems like China, just wants to piss off the entire world. Eating Dogs and Cats is abhorrent,Dogs and Cats can feel pain and love. The only thing more abhorrent would be eating people, just give them time. Im sure they will start with those two Canadian businessmen there holding on trumped up charges.

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      A Bridge

      Tuesday, June 23, 2020 at 11:43 pm

      You people are disgusting! To eat dogs and cats is like eating humans because those animals are man’s best friend. STOP EATING MAN’S BEST FRIENDS!!! These people have no mercy, no love for animals. They only think of working and not even a smile on their faces, now they brought about covid-19 that takes all of our smiles away using masks, the powerful China we should all boycott. Spread the word everyone.

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    Cathy Small

    Tuesday, June 23, 2020 at 3:45 am

    I will never buy any food from a US chinese restaurant, nor but anything that has MADE IN CHINA. Wish that more people would BOYCOT CHINA. FILTHY, DIRTY CULTURE. CHINESE NOT HUMAN, THE PEOPLE SHOULD BE PUT IN CAGES OR BETTER, FED TO THE DOGS.

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      Par

      Wednesday, June 24, 2020 at 5:54 am

      So you put ALL Chinese in one pot…they are ALL dog eaters, etc. And they are less than human, are they? Your last name is appropriate because you are a pathetic, small minded, xenophobic racist..

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    John Adams

    Tuesday, June 23, 2020 at 3:45 am

    Disgusting and evil festival.
    These people should be treated like they treat these animals! See how they like it.

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      Par

      Wednesday, June 24, 2020 at 5:58 am

      Exactly…they are ANIMALS…just like cows, chickens, pigs, sheep, ducks, rabbits, snails, octupii, fish, etc…have you eaten any of those? I’m guessing you have had many Hans and turkeys…you are the epitome of hypocrisy…get a life

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        Ian Catto

        Friday, June 26, 2020 at 10:17 am

        China is already post-apocalyptic. No doubt they also have human eating festivals. We just don’t hear about them.

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    TyronePowerChord

    Tuesday, June 23, 2020 at 4:40 am

    Kill anyone who eats dogs…dogs are much more important than humans…

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      Par

      Wednesday, June 24, 2020 at 6:00 am

      Then why don’t you join them in their respective kennels

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    Michelina ranieri

    Tuesday, June 23, 2020 at 4:43 am

    Dont eat dogs and cats or monkeys or bats or sloths or alpaccas
    Don’t eat animals just cause u can. please stop this cruel barbaric killing of the world’s pets it is written in the bible clean versus unclean meat your livestock lists will kill humanity via viruses stop wet markets direct links with Brazilian forest being cleated. The way the butchers kill animals like dogs and cats is phuken discusting. Rule of universe you die the same way. Also don’t throw rubbish in space or in oceans via balloons or anything else sth Korea set up north Korea with rubbish in the sky that will end up in ocean or space. Stop and think stop caging animals in overcrowded cages rewrite your livestock take alpaccas off this list your cruel ugly ways make us all sick.

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      Par

      Wednesday, June 24, 2020 at 6:03 am

      Lady…you are very obviously high on something or need to be admitted in a hospital for the mentally challenged…the Bible? Really??

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    Michael McLean

    Tuesday, June 23, 2020 at 6:39 am

    Hello,I’m from Canada,and we in Canada age appalled by the way you treat animals especially dogs And cats. It is sickening to know that you people eat them for meat. Stop it now not later and throw your people in prison for this cruelty mistreating of animals,that’s why the people of China spread all the diseases all over the world. Stop killing these lovable animals.

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      Par

      Wednesday, June 24, 2020 at 5:50 am

      I am a Canadian…PLEASE don’t speak for me…and next time you sat any meat, ask yourself if vegans would be “appalled” at you…

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    Sitangshu Kar

    Tuesday, June 23, 2020 at 3:10 pm

    Dog-meat Festival is just reminding people proudly that our ancestors were jungle people who didn’t discriminate what to eat and what not to.

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    Deborah Devlin

    Tuesday, June 23, 2020 at 11:08 pm

    Whether your ancestors ate dogs or bats or monkeys is irrelevant. You live in a modern age and you know better. Also, it is one thing to kill an animal quickly and consume it if necessary. It is barbaric and sick to torture animals for your eating pleasure.

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    A Bridge

    Tuesday, June 23, 2020 at 11:48 pm

    You people are disgusting! To eat dogs and cats is like eating humans because those animals are man’s best friend. STOP EATING MAN’S BEST FRIENDS!!! These people have no mercy, no love for animals. They only think of working and not even a smile on their faces, now they brought about covid-19 that takes all of our smiles away using masks, the powerful China we should all boycott. Spread the word everyone.

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    Andrew David

    Wednesday, June 24, 2020 at 4:15 am

    Savages

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    Chink Ng

    Wednesday, June 24, 2020 at 4:23 am

    Absolutely disgusting culture. Its not specifically the eating of dogs, but how the dogs live before slaughter, and how they are slaughtered. Treated terribly and killed inhumanely. Humans, more specifically Chinese who do this should be punished. Value the lives of all animals.

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    Helen Reiss

    Wednesday, June 24, 2020 at 5:16 am

    Humans should not eat meat-eating animals, especially dogs. Laws can use this factor to focus on keeping their population healthy. Now make it a priority.

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    Par

    Wednesday, June 24, 2020 at 5:47 am

    I was an ESL teacher in China for 5 years. I understand the culture which has been through so many periods of cruel occupation and starvation. The Chinese do not waste anything. Judging from the comments, it’s clear that these individuals judge the Chinese based on their self righteous beliefs. Every society has its cultural norms that will always offend somebody or the other. These commentators may or or may not eat beef, pork, chicken, seafood, etc. Should Indians judge white culture for devouring a steak? Should a Muslim judge you for ham eating festivals? People should be left to do what they want and look at themselves in the mirror to reflect on their shortcomings before being so high and mighty about other cultures…

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    Puddles

    Wednesday, June 24, 2020 at 6:16 am

    You people sicken me. I have a dog and I couldn’t imagine what those poor dogs go through every year. Can you imagine being eaten by something? Probably not! I don’t care if it is a reminder of the humans in the past. We do not live like that anymore so change these traditions and eat regular meat like humans. The past is in the past. So stop it!

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    Kwan chin

    Wednesday, June 24, 2020 at 7:56 am

    These people would eat shit on a stick
    What a regressive society the Chinese are. Phuck them

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    Lady Di

    Wednesday, June 24, 2020 at 8:21 am

    I’ve signed numerous petitions to end this inhumane tradition. Why is this still being allowed to continue? I’ve seen the way these animals are murdered,these people are not harvesting meat out of necessity, they take great pleasure in beating their ‘meat’ to death in a despicable display of brutality with no respect given for the animals giving their lives. Why is it acceptable for the people in Yulin to behave so cruelly? They have eyes and ears, can they not see what they are doing is cruel? Maybe it is a heart that is missing.

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    BRIAN DUNNE

    Friday, June 26, 2020 at 6:02 am

    I had left a comment, it was instantly cencored. Ill leave it again. CHINA SEEMS TO WANT TO PISS OFF EVERYONE. EATING DOGS AND CATS ARE ABHORRENT, BECAUSE DOGS AND CATS CAN FEEL PAIN AND LOVE. THE ONLY THING MORE ABHORRENT WOULD BE EATING PEOPLE. IM SURE THEY WILL START WITH THOSE TWO CANADIAN BUSINESSMEN THERE HOLDING FOR TRUMPED UP CHARGES.

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    Deng L

    Friday, June 26, 2020 at 10:09 am

    This practice must stop. Irrespective of arguments for wet markets killing dogs after treating them in a hideous manner, the fact remains the sick rational that a tortured animal tastes better (thx to a friend from Taiwan for that tip)means they are not being treated like livestock, they are being abused. Clean up your acts, many Chinese abhor the practice

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