Popular UK singer Duffy has joined the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) in urging the British Ambassador of China to intervene and stop the controversial dog meat festival held in Yulin city, Guangxi province.
“I urge the Chinese government to listen to the growing movement of concerned Chinese citizens, animal welfare ambassadors and the international community to end this inhumane event, and instead to focus on celebrating man’s best friends who have been beside us, loyally, for centuries,” the Grammy and Brits award-winning singer was quoted saying in the Express. She also issued a portrait photograph with the hashtag “Stop Yulin”.
Unfortunately, dog and cat slaughterhouses have already begun prepping for the event, which is held each year around the summer solstice in June. Many of the dogs used for meat in the festival are family pets stolen off streets.
Since an estimated 10,000 dogs are transported in cramped cages (often with no water or food), health experts have warned event-goers of the possible risk of rabies; another reason animal rights activists are lobbying to end the mass slaughter event.
“Those who condemn it for animal welfare reasons have new allies in the fight, as health authorities and legal experts are now warning that consumption of dog meat poses both health and legal risks,” said Grace Ge Gabriel, IFAW’s Asia Regional Director.
Duffy, and the rest of IFAW, are asking people from around the world to sign IFAW’s petition letter for Barbara Woodward, the British Ambassador in China.
An increasing number of Chinese citizens have stepped up and spoken out against the festival, including Taiwanese superstar Jay Chou.
[Images via IFAW]
By Sharon Choi