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China’s Yulin Dog-Eating Festival begins, inviting rescue missions from animal rights groups

The Yulin Lychee and Dog Meat Festival in southern China began this week, a summer solstice celebration that typically involved the brutal slaughter and consumption of what animal rights activists say are thousands of dogs , many of which are believed to have been stolen from homes where they lived as pets.

Yulin, a city in southern Guangxi province, has started hosting the festival – in which participants eat roasted, boiled and otherwise prepared fresh dog meat and eat fresh lychees to cool off in the hot summer months. summer – in 2009 or 2010, according to various reports. . The barbaric photos of caged, beaten to death, skinned and dismembered dogs sparked international outrage, including celebrity campaigns urging the ruling Communist Party to ban the event in 2015 and 2016. The Party has made several public announcements claiming to either ban the festival or the eating of dogs in general, but there is no evidence to suggest that the festival has ceased to occur every year since its founding.

The Yulin Festival has sparked renewed interest and outrage in the months since the start of the Chinese coronavirus pandemic, which the Chinese government says was initially triggered by the consumption of illegal animal meat from a market in the center of Wuhan, a regional capital.

“The origin of the novel coronavirus is wildlife illegally sold at a seafood market in Wuhan,” Gao Fu, director of the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, told reporters in January 2020. The Chinese communist regime has since disavowed that theory and officially claims the pandemic is the product of a lab leak in Maryland that the US government covered up using e-cigarette injuries. Beijing has provided no evidence for this claim or an explanation for the lack of evidence that e-cigarette injuries, unlike China’s highly transmissible coronavirus, are not contagious.

Despite calls for China to ban the Yulin Dog Meat Festival for both humanitarian reasons and the potential for wet market slaughter to spread disease, animal rights activities have documented ample evidence that this year’s event started as planned on Tuesday. A Chinese animal rights group called Plush Bear’s Shelter, led by a Chinese activist named Liang Xiaodan, released videos allegedly from Yulin on Thursday showing dog carcasses being pulverized to be slaughtered and eaten.

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The group also posted a video of what it claimed was a “dog farm” specializing in raising animals for food.

“These places are little known and hidden in the countryside. They provide dogs all year round and additional assistance when trucks are intercepted on the festival route,” the organization detailed in a post on its Facebook account. “This particular one has over 600 dogs. The owner tends to sell the males for meat and keep the females for breeding.
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Breitbart News was unable to independently verify the videos.

Humane Society International, a global animal rights organization, also documented evidence ahead of the first day of the festival this week that organizers were expecting thousands of attendees and were culling dogs to prepare. Pressure from local animal rights activists in Shaanxi province appears to have resulted in police action against a shipment of 386 dogs heading for Yulin.

“Video and photos taken by activists and released to global animal welfare group Humane Society International show the moment Shaanxi police stopped the truck on the road, and harrowing scenes of dogs crammed into small wire cages in the sweltering heat,” Human Society International revealed in a statement on Monday. “Activists praised the Shaanxi police for their quick response and said if all police take this zero-tolerance approach, the brutal dog meat trade in China will end.”

The group noted that some of the rescued dogs were wearing collars, suggesting they were stolen from homes where they were kept as pets.

The rescue has made international headlines sympathetic to Chinese law enforcement despite reported evidence that the festival remains at full throttle from this Thursday from small groups operating in the country. China has also assuaged international disgust with the Yulin Festival in the past, spreading rumors that it will ban the event or impose a nationwide ban on eating dog meat, but is taking no material action to stop the lucrative festival.

The year 2017 was particularly significant for this diversion of militant indignation. Following reports that China would ban the consumption of dog meat in May, just before the solstice, celebrity activists who had officially called for an end to the event fell silent, apparently believing the city would stop hosting the festival. Yet shortly before the event began, animal rights groups revealed that there was no evidence on the ground to suggest the Chinese government would step in to stop it.

“It’s sad that there isn’t a bigger social media presence about this like there was last year. And we really believe this is due to the misrepresentation on the ban and also the continuous spread of false information to support the original lie,” the Animal Hope and Wellness Foundation told Breitbart News that year.

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