China Yulin Dog Meat Festival Defies Gov’t Crackdown, Woman Buys 100 Dogs In Desperate Attempt To Save Them

China Yulin Dog Meat Festival Defies Gov’t Crackdown, Woman Buys 100 Dogs In Desperate Attempt To Save Them
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A Chinese woman shelled out over $1,000 to save 100 dogs from being brutally slaughtered and eaten at the annual dog-eating Yulin Festival. Despite a government crackdown to stop the barbaric tradition, reports say as many as 10,000 dogs will be killed and eaten. Dog and cat meat traders even said business is booming now more than before.


A report by ABC News, citing web portal Netease, says 65-year-old animal-lover Yang Xiaoyun paid 7,000 yuan to save 100 dogs in the southern city of Yulin. Yang lives 2,500 kilometers away in Tianjin. She reportedly plans to place the dogs at her home.

Humane Society International likewise pooled funds to buy hundreds of dogs, as well as cats and kittens. “We know that these are only a small number compared to the thousands who have already suffered and died, but every life saved is precious,” Adam Parascandola said.

The Yulin dog-eating festival, which has been secretly filmed by animal rights’ campaigners, is a homage to celebrate the start of the summer solstice. The Chinese believe eating dog meat brings good health and luck.

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Dogs, stolen family pets and other waifs and strays can be heard in the video yelping in what can be surmised as a desperate plea to spare their lives from the brutal human attention. The process of the dog-eating festival involves clubbing the head of the animal, cutting its throat open, and then throwing it into a big pot with hot, scalding water. Afterwards, a butcher plucks all its hair, butchers the once beautiful animal and removes all its organs. It is then placed on the grill. “It’s nauseating,” Parascandola said.

The festival, which the Yulin government said “does not exist,” has created a divide between the older generation dog meat traders and the younger generation Chinese animal traders, Parascandola said. The latter wants the dog-eating festival stopped.

“Neither Yulin government nor social organizations have ever held such activities,” the government said in a statement, according to Time.

Because the activity has incurred more than enough attention, a report by the Associated Press, citing a local restaurant owner, revealed traders now move underground just to push the festivity. “Now we have to do it as though we are thieves.”

The hashtag #StopYulin2015 has attracted nearly a million tweets. Petitions have been launched by several groups, such as Animals Asia and Duo Duo Animal Welfare Project, to stop the animal massacre.