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IN OMG! ON 17 Jun, 2015
In China, 21st June is the worst day for dogs. It's the day they celebrate Yulin Festival also known as Yulin Dog Meat Festival. In this festival, thousands of dogs are made to suffer and are beaten to death. People there eat dogs. It is somehow horrifically similar to the beer festival, but here they rather consume dogs and cats instead of unanimated beer. People come from far away places to just to eat meat of dogs. Dogs are brutally killed for food consumption. Festival started in 1990's as they believe that eating dog meat will bring them good luck and health. China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region is where this festival is celebrated.
Dogs are sold in the market; they are all stolen from households or the watchdogs of rural families are sacrificed. They are captured in bulk and are transported over to long distances.
This festival is banned in China but still it is in practice in an illegal manner. Dogs are specially raised for this festival like chickens in farms. They are supposed to be certified for human consumption.
Dog dealers stole 10,000 dogs to kill them and to celebrate this festival. People of China strongly believe that eating dogs will keep them away from evil spirits and disease.
It is not a culture but practiced in the name of old tradition. In Chinese tradition, customs like foot-binding, opium-smoking, and arranged marriage are banned then why not this? The Yulin Dog Meat Festival is not a regional 'folk tradition'.
When the festival comes, dog meat traders kill the dogs in the slaughterhouse while some do so right on the street for the customers.
Dogs dealer slaughter the dogs in front of customers to show them they were using fresh meat. It is a usual practice there. Government officials swear that every dog meat dog has been raised on a dog farm, which is not true.
The streets of Yulin flow with dog blood. Do Dog dealers ever consider the feelings of the young children who witness the brutality when they walk the streets to their schools? This exposure to violence is the reason that they commit acts of cruelty and abuse.
It is a cherished tradition among residents of China.
It has believed that most of the dogs come from all over China. Activists even purchased dogs to save them from dog dealers.
As China has no law against for this, local people are angered by outsider's protest against their festival.
Animal rights volunteers carry candles and activists protest near restaurants that serve dog meat.
Well, some dogs die even before they could be slaughtered because of a lack of food and water while trapped in cages. Brutal dog dealers cage them and cram as many dogs as they can in one cage. They sometimes make them turn on each other. They suffer bites.
Activist buys dogs from the market to save them from the slaughter. Even before the festival, they keep records of dogs on the streets.
Save them, they can't speak for themselves. We must. Let's Stop Yulin Festival.
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