Contrary to what we have been believing, the practice of trading dog meat is not an old tradition of China. Coming out as a victory for the animal lovers, dog meat has been banned from China's infamous Yulin Festival. Invented back in 2010, it has taken thousands of lives of many innocent pooches. Just one week before the start of the festival this year, the ban will come into effect i.e. on June 15.
Prohibiting the trade of dog meat will disallow the sale of dog meats in the markets, by the street vendors and even in the restaurants. Those who don't follow the restrictions will be consequently facing a fine up to 100,000 yuan (nearly $15,000) and arrest.
The disgraceful practice which was carried on by the dog meat traders to make more money involved stealing of the dogs from their owners. It was followed by the cruel methods of slaughtering dogs and even cats.
The executive director of Duo Duo Animal Welfare Project, Andrea Gung commented, "Even if this is a temporary ban, we hope this will have a domino effect, leading to the collapse of the dog meat trade. This ban is consistent with my experience that Yulin and the rest of the country is changing for the better."