China May Have Just Banned Dog Meat At Infamous Yulin Festival
Animal lovers rejoice!
According to the Independent, Chinese officials are planning to implement a ban on the sale of dog meat just in time for the notorious Yulin Lychee and Dog Meat Festival. The event has been under huge global scrutiny for years because of their controversial slaughtering and cooking of dogs, cats and other animals.
Animal campaigners Duo Duo Animal Welfare Project and the Humane Society International (HSI) received word of the potential ban and have allegedly confirmed it with several sources in Yulin. It's unclear whether this will be a long term ban or just temporary fix to try and ease the pressure from international media for the event. HSI have reported that any of the traders breaking the ban and selling dog meat will face a huge fine of ¥100,000 as well as possible arrest. The new rule will only apply to the sale of and consumption of dog meat.
Although China has a long history with consuming dog meat, the festival only started back in 2009 and has run annually ever since. It's estimated around 10,000-15,000 dogs are usually killed during this time, although these numbers have reportedly dwindled in recent years due to the international spotlight that focuses on traders. The ban is expected to start from June 10th.
Sources say Mo Gong Ming, the newly appointed Communist Party secretary for Yulin is behind the push to end the dog meat trade in Yulin.