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The annual Yulin dog meat festival is no stranger to controversy, and this year was targeted by animal rights groups from throughout China. The June 21st festival was inundated with “more than 20 activists” (compared to thousands of diners) who managed to “buy and save around 400 dogs” (out of an estimated 10,000 killed in the festival). In other words, better luck next year.
That .04% success rate may not seem encouraging, but the activists have been able to attract much publicity to their cause. According to South China Morning Post:
About two weeks before the Yulin dog meat festival, Du and other activists arrived in the city, setting up stalls and handing out leaflets at local dog markets. They even petitioned the local government against the festival and called for more government regulations.
“We sent letters of complaint and petition letters to different departments of the local government. I went there five times. But each time the officials had excuses to avoid meeting me,” said Du.
The activists, most of whom are Buddhists, have classified the dogmeat festival as “uncivilized and cruel,” and are seeking to prevent such mass-consumption events in the future. While they have yet to achieve significant success in their cause, the protestors have certainly managed to attract enough attention to make people think twice about Lassie hotpot.