A collection of photos created by members of the China National Pole Dancing Team to protest animal cruelty has made waves on the web.
In the wake of the controversial Yulin dog meat festival, members from the national team joined forces with dancers from POLE11 to carry out the project. Posing as stray dogs that are caged, torched and tied up, the activists hope to raise public awareness about animal protection in an effort to end cruelty against dogs.
The caption reads: “Detained: Most of the time, I don’t even know what I’ve done wrong. Where am I being taken? What will happen to my kids?”
The image shows a dancer being dragged on the ground behind a car. Last year, images of a dog being dragged to death behind its owner’s vehicle in Guangdong province sparked public outrage.
A dancer recreates the image of a captured dog being torched by flames. The caption reads: “Burn: I die painfully and slowly just to satisfy their wants. Crispy skin. How does it smell to you?”
“Abandonment: Please don’t abandon us. As long as we have you, we have a home.”
Despite international protest and growing local opposition against the barbaric practices behind the annual dog meat festival, large crowds of vendors and consumers were seen purchasing, eating and butchering dogs in the streets of Yulin on Sunday and Monday.
By Crystal Lau
[Images via news.china.com.cn]