The animal rights group Animals Asia has revised its anti-dog and cat meat posters after residents in Northern China angrily defended their consumption of the other-other-other white meats.
The posters told onlookers to “Say NO to cat and dog meat,” which, as any visitor to the annual Yulin Dog Meat
Massacre Festival can attest, is easier said than done. There were also the routine arguments about the meat’s place in Chinese tradition, as South China Morning Post reports:
In Shenyang – where the consumption of dog meat is widespread – posters in the city’s metro system had to be revised following complaints from commuters.
“They think we should not put up the advertisements because eating dogs is a so-called ‘tradition,'” said Carrot Chen, Animals Asia cat and dog welfare deputy manager. “We want to spread the message that tradition is not an excuse for cruelty.”
In the case of one set of posters, locals took exception to the use of the word baoan (security guard) to describe guard dogs, saying it was offensive to actual security guards.
“They couldn’t find any real reason to complain, so they just used this word as an excuse,” said Chen, rejecting the criticism of the campaign.
The consumption of dog meat is still common in parts of China, where some believe it has the power to ward off ghosts and disease. It is also believed by some to boost men’s sexual performance and has been used in traditional Chinese medicine to treat male impotence.
Whether or not one is a fan of the gourou, it’s certainly a damn shame to think of the utterly massive numbers of animals (even endangered, even extremely far away) that are brought to slaughter each year for traditional Chinese penis-related “medicines.”
[Image by Animals Asia, via SCMP]