Stop The Torture - Yulin Dog Festival

At the beginning of June every year, people in China gather together to hold a barbaric festival called the Yulin Dog Meat Festival, where they steal thousands of dogs and torture them alive all for a bit of tucker.

The official festival starts on the 21st June and ends on the 30th.

This ‘tradition’ has been going on for many years in attempt to eat some tender bit of meat just to please the people. Apart from it being disgusting, the inhumane acts and suffering they inflict on these defenseless animals is something that cannot be ignored.

What matters is these poor defenseless animals and drawing as much attention to this as possible.

This year on the 15th and 16th of June I will be participating in my own 40 hour famine where I will not eat for 40 hours in hopes of raising money and awareness for this festival. 

In support, The Vanderpump Dog Foundation 501C3 Dog Rescue Organization & Sister Foundation Stop Yulin Forever have gone to lengths over the years to save as many dogs as they possibly can and will not stop until they win. They helped initiate House Resolution 401/30, that condemns the annual Dog Meat Festival in Yulin, China. This bill urges the government of China and the Yulin representatives to ban the torture, killing and eating of dogs as part of Yulin's Festival and enforce food safety laws.

From following trucks in the streets of China to save the stolen dogs to opening vets to help rehabilitate them, holding charity events, creating documentaries to raise any bit of money they can and even taking it to Congress to get the correct laws put in place.

"Being a dog lover and apart of a community where dogs are showered with love and a major contribution to our lifestyle, you may wonder what you can do to help these animals in need. You are the difference to these dogs lives, the money you donate will help rehabilitate them to live a normal life, just like they deserve like your dogs live"

At the end of June whatever I have raised will be going directly into the fund to help with medical supplies, food, transport, shelters, vets and much more. 

"The Yulin Dog Meat Festival, which happens every year on the summer solstice, is a particularly gruesome display of the dog meat trade. This "festival," where some 10,000 dogs are slaughtered and served up as meals, is often wrongly assumed to be an ancient Chinese tradition. In fact, the festival only dates back to 2009 when it was launched in the city in China's southwest to celebrate the summer solstice.

To make the event even more gruesome - transporting the dogs to the festival is an intrinsically brutal operation. Dogs for Yulin come from as far as central and north China's Henan and Shandong, more than 1,000 miles away. They are crammed into wire cages unable to extend their limbs, denied food and water for days during the exhausting trip. The dogs arrive at their destination malnourished and underweight, dehydrated, often dying from injuries or from being poisoned during capture. Others are already dead. No one checks to see where these dogs come from – many are heartlessly ripped from their loving homes, or darted with poison on the streets and dragged away to the slaughterhouse. Therefore, disease is rampant due to the squalid conditions and lack of medical care.

Once they arrive at the “festival”, thousands of dogs are beaten, killed, and eventually eaten by people who believe eating dog meat on this day will bring good luck. Dogs are openly killed in crowded marketplaces, on the streets, and most shockingly next to elementary schools, imposing bloody and cruel practices on vulnerable members of the public. Such public slaughter risks creating an indifferent and morally defunct society. Beating and killing these struggling, crying dogs in full view of other terrified dogs showcases an industry that is devoid of humanity. Additionally, the criminal activity of dog theft sustains much of the dog meat industry, with often violent confrontations between angry dog owners and the thieves.

Hope is on the horizon, however. As people become educated on the cruelty and health risks of dog meat, fewer dogs face slaughter. In 2015, 20% fewer dogs were killed at the Yulin Dog Meat Festival. The average Chinese citizen finds public dog slaughter inexcusably offensive. With tremendous global outcry against the festival, dog butchers were forced to hide from public eyes. Local youth held protests at Yulin City Hall demanding an end to the brutality, and activists lined the streets, spreading word about the evils of dog meat.

There is more good news: Although it was once illegal to keep dogs as pets in China, times have changed and many households now include dogs as part of the family. They are shunning dog meat and speaking out against it, and as a result, the number of dog slaughters is decreasing throughout China."
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