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Friday will mark the beginning of Yulin’s annual “dog meat festival,” in which locals celebrate the Summer Solstice by throwing back baijiu and munching down on some meaty morsels of man’s best friend. This year’s festival has been accompanied by greater-than-usual amounts of controversy, mostly sparked by animal rights groups; objectors have tried contacting the local government, starting online awareness campaigns, and even (futilely, stupidly) petitioning the White House.
A personal favorite is the website “NoToDogMeat.com” which proudly notes that, “NoToDogMeat is officially the fastest growing global movement.” Suck it, global warming. It goes on to say, “NoToDog Meat is the active voice of the people! And the Voice for the Voiceless.”
South China Morning Post is a bit more on-the-level, and reports:
Activists fear demand encourages the abduction of strays or pets. But officials say the consumed canines are raised by local dog farms. […]
Du Yufeng, who works for a Sichuan-based animal protection organisation, said she saw slaughtered dogs on sale in several wet markets in Yulin yesterday. “The massive dog killing is going to start very soon, as it usually take several days for the dog meat dealers to prepare for the one-day festival,” she said.
It is estimated that at least 10,000 dogs will be killed for this year’s festival, and many of the animals will be used in “dog meat hot pot.” At least it’s not rat?