A petition to stop the Yulin dog meat festival has been signed by over 3 million people as slaughterhouses gear up to supply city residents with dog and cat meat in order to celebrate the summer solstice tomorrow.
The petition was created by an Elliot Lake from Ontario, Canada. According to his webpage:
This brutal “Festival” involves what some call savouring the “delights” of dog meat hotpot, lychees, and strong liquor — which will increase the abduction of strays and pets and also increase the torturous & inhumane prisons of dog meat farms – places where man’s best friends are raised for such purposes — thousands of dogs will suffer, be butchered, beaten to death, skinned alive and eaten.
The festival, which this year appears to have attracted far more international condemnation than in years past, recently attracted criticism from celebrities such as comedian Ricky Gervais, singer Leona Lewis and the cast of Downton Abbey.
— Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) June 15, 2015
The Asia for Animals Coalition has also come out in condemnation of the festival, stating that “eyewitnesses, local investigators and the media have reported crude and brutal forms of handling and slaughter, including bludgeoning and live-skinning, often in public view.”
Just over a week ago, singer Duffy urged the British Ambassador to China to place pressure on the Chinese government to intervene and stop the festival.
In recent years an increasing number of Chinese have spoken out against the festival, including Taiwanese superstar Jay Chou.
By Dominic Jackson