When you read the words “dog,” festival” and “Guizhou,” your mind likely jumps straight to the annual Yulin Dog Meat Festival, where thousands of dogs are slaughtered and consumed each year. But the Miao ethnic group has a different way of treating dogs.
Their annual “dog carrying” festival aims to promote equality for all organisms on Earth and to show respect for man’s best friend. The legends go that dogs were the ones that helped the Miao ancestors find water in the region, bringing them life and prosperity.
For the festival, the dogs are often dressed up in human clothing, carried in wooden stools and paraded around. While that’s all going on, the Miao people also pray for a good harvest and good weather for the year.
While this might seem like a nice change of pace from Yulin, netizens still didn’t like how the furry critters were being honored.
“The dogs have chains around their necks?!” @社一会 wrote.
“Did you know that dog meat is very popular in Huajing, Guizhou?” @搜狐新闻客户端网友 wrote.
“These fucking ethnic morons. Advocating for the equality of dogs?! Who the fuck is equal to a dog?” @平岗2362 wrote.
Well, hopefully it wasn’t a ruff ride for the dogs!
Every dog has his day.
By Sarah Lin
[Images via China News / Tencent]