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  • For the last ten years one city in southwestern  China has been slaughtering thousands of dogs for  

  • what is known as the Yulin Dog Meat FestivalDuring this ten day celebration that begins on  

  • the summer solstice dogs are killed by the  thousands and eaten. Why does this festival  

  • occur? Is it a tradition with deep cultural  roots? Are there health benefits to consuming  

  • dog meat? The answers to these questions  are not what you might expect. Fair warning:  

  • this will not be an easy video to watch as  the nature of this festival is truly terrible.

  • The Yulin Dog Meat Festival, also known  as the Yulin Lychee and Dog Meat Festival,  

  • takes place in Yulin; a city located in the  Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region of China.  

  • Leading up to the festival thousands and thousands  of dogs are rounded up from around the country to  

  • be transported to the city. The dogs are tightly  packed into cages where they can barely move.  

  • They are then stacked up and transported via  truck. The drive from parts of China back to Yulin  

  • can take days or even weeks. Oftentimes the dogs  in the middle of the creates suffocate to death,  

  • and many others die from starvation or disease.  

  • It is truly an awful and inhumane way to  treat dogs, or any animal for that matter.

  • Every culture has its own unique practices. It  is important to remember that something we may  

  • find uncomfortable, may be deeply ingrained  in another culture or belief system. So,  

  • is this true about the mass slaughter  of dogs and consumption of their meat?  

  • Is this a practice that is deeply ingrained in the  Chinese culture? The answer is no, absolutely not.

  • You may be thinking that perhaps this is  a cultural tradition in the city of Yulin  

  • that dates back hundreds of years. If this  is part of the history of Yulin that may  

  • explain why the festival occurs. Againthis is not the case either. In fact,  

  • the Yulin Dog Meat Festival only  recently started about a decade ago.  

  • So, why does this city in China bring thousands of  dogs from around the country to a festival where  

  • they are killed and eaten if it is not an ancient  cultural practice? Two words: greed and money.

  • The festival itself was launched in  2009 by the dog meat traders of Yulin  

  • as a way to boost their sales. That's right, the  reason why thousands of dogs are tortured and  

  • killed each year is so that the dog meat traders  of the country can increase their profit. Let  

  • that sink in for a moment. Now, to be fair, in  the western world some companies do the exact  

  • same thing with cows and other livestockBut, that is a story for another video.

  • Prior to 2009 Yulin city had never  had a dog meat festival before.  

  • And although dog meat consumption did happenit was uncommon, and there certainly wasn't an  

  • established cultural tradition of dog eating  in the city. Even though this is the case,  

  • the traders still claim that dog meat eating  is ingrained in the Yulin city culture.  

  • This is a complete fabrication  to try and justify the festival.

  • If the premise behind the Yulin Dog Meat Festival  was not already super messed up and corrupt,  

  • the way that the dogs are procured  brings things to a whole new level.

  • Many of the dogs that are taken  for the festival are strays,  

  • and are just trying to survive in a world that  refuses to help them. Others are actually stolen  

  • pets that still have their collars on when they  are brought to Yulin. The dogs that survive the  

  • trip to the city are covered in urine and fecesmany also suffer from illness, dehydration,  

  • or heatstroke. While unloading the dogs from  the trucks, the meat traders often throw the  

  • crates full of dogs down to the ground, causing  even more pain and suffering to the animals.

  • Originally, local officials endorsed and  even encouraged the event as a way to attract  

  • tourists to the city. This did not happenand instead, it became a PR nightmare for the  

  • government. Animal rights organisations  from within China and around the world  

  • condemned and protested the festival. Howeverthere are still some people who flock to Yulin  

  • for the festival every year, which is one  of the reasons why it has continued on.

  • Cat meat, fresh lychee, fruits, and alcohol  are also sold at the festival as well.  

  • Some people believe that consuming dog meat can  bring good health and luck. And it is here that  

  • we need to make an important distinction. Eating  dog meat is seen as taboo to the overwhelming  

  • majority of Chinese people. We will say this again  because it is so important. Most Chinese people  

  • do not see eating dog meat as okay, and find it  just as offensive as other parts of the world.

  • There are relatively few people in the scheme of  things that continue to follow this tradition,  

  • or consume dog meat at all. It is also  important to remember that some people  

  • may not have a choice. People  in rural areas, or in poverty,  

  • may have no other source of protein besides dog  meat. They may not even want to eat dog meat,  

  • but given the choice between dying of malnutrition  or eating meat from a dog, what would you choose?

  • There is plenty of support from the Chinese  people, and others around the world,  

  • to ban the consumption of dog meat. Howeverthe Chinese government has been slow to enact  

  • change that would stop people from eating  dog. But change is coming, even if it is slow.

  • Since the Coronavirus outbreak the  Chinese government has put a temporary  

  • ban on all trade and consumption of wild  animals. In this case, that includes dogs.  

  • There are currently talks within the Chinese  government of making this ban permanent,  

  • which would in effect end the rounding up  and mass slaughter of dogs. Recently, the  

  • Agricultural Ministry of China has reclassified  dogs as companion animals rather than livestock,  

  • as they were classified beforeWith the new classification and laws  

  • banning consumption of wild animals, dog meat  should become illegal to eat in China by law.

  • Although many activists believe  this should have been done long ago,  

  • it is a step in the right direction. The Chinese  people themselves have voiced concerns over the  

  • Yulin Dog Meat Festival, and want to see  it ended. They cite both animal welfare and  

  • food safety as the main concerns around the  consumption of dog meat. The Chinese people  

  • have even taken to social media with hashtags  including "refuse to eat companion animals" and  

  • "cancel Yulin dog meat festival," which have been  trending on China's social media platform, Weibo.

  • On top of all the internal pressure by  the Chinese citizens, activist groups  

  • from around the world have been trying to  ban the Yulin Dog Meat Festival for years.  

  • The activist group Bo Ai Animal Protection  Center in China's Sichuan Province  

  • has been protesting to stop the festival  for eight years. Each year they go to  

  • the Public Complaints and Proposals  Administration of Guangxi Province  

  • to petition the stop of the festival, and for  the government to put a ban on slaughtering pets.

  • The Bo Ai Animal Protection Center,  

  • along with other international animal protection  organizations such as No Dogs Left Behind,  

  • go to China and rescue dogs from being killed or  sent to Yulin for the festival. The organizations  

  • and their partners rescue dogs from illegal dog  meat traders who have been stopped by police.  

  • They then pair them with people looking to adopt  a dog from other countries around the world.  

  • These organisations cannot rescue all  of the dogs that are gathered to be  

  • killed and consumed, but they have saved  hundreds of canine lives over the years.

  • The Humane Society has supported grassroots  campaigns in China to stop the Yulin Dog Meat  

  • Festival, and have also raised awareness around  the world of the atrocities that are occuring.  

  • Since their work began in 2010 the  festival has slowly reduced in size,  

  • and there are more and more protests each year.

  • In 2016 the Yulin police even erectedroadblock and checkpoints to stop trucks  

  • loaded with dogs from reaching the  city. This was done a little late,  

  • and many trucks had already passed throughbut having the local government and police  

  • making a tangible statement against the  festival was a step in the right direction.  

  • In 2017 the Yulin government tried to impose  a ban on the sale of all dog meat, but they  

  • succumbed to pressure from local dog traders who  control a lot of money and power in the city.

  • Instead of the ban, the government  put restrictions on the number of  

  • dogs allowed to be sold in market  stalls. They also made it illegal  

  • to make public displays of slaughtering  the dogs. The government cracked down  

  • on the advertisementing of dog meat  being sold in restaurants as well.  

  • However, none of these restrictions helped  combat the killing of dogs in back alleys  

  • or slaughterhouses just on the outskirts of  the city. The dog meat trade is apparently so  

  • lucrative that people will find ways around the  law just to participate in the Yulin festival.

  • If you thought everything you've heard so far is  bad, wait until you get through this next part.

  • The Guangxi province, where Yulin is located, is  in the top five worst-affected areas for rabies in  

  • humans in China. This should come as no surprise  as the virus can often be found in stray dogs.  

  • The rabies virus is incredibly deadly to all  animals including humans. If not treated before  

  • the onset of symptoms it has one of the highest  mortality rates of any virus on Earth at over 99%.

  • This brings us to one of the biggest global  problems of the Yulin Dog Meat Festival.  

  • The way that the dogs are treated and slaughtered  is enough to make anyone condemn the festival.  

  • Due to the conditions in which the dogs  are obtained, transported, and consumed  

  • there is an even more important reason  that this festival needs to be stopped,  

  • and it has to do with another global pandemic.

  • COVID-19 has killed millions of peopleWe know that the virus jumped from another  

  • species to humans. Most scientists believe  that this occurred in a live animal market,  

  • similar to the one that is held during  the Yulin Dog Meat Festival. A video from  

  • the 2020 festival was taken showing vendors  butchering the dogs without wearing facemasks,  

  • or any other form of protectionThis is a recipe for disaster.  

  • It has been proven that the Coronavirus  cannot be spread from dogs to humans, however,  

  • that may not be true of a new virus in the future  that could start the next global pandemic. This is  

  • why it is so vital to stop live animal markets  that do not follow strict safety protocols.  

  • It is not just for the safety of the people  in the market, but around the world as well.

  • Change is slow. Dogs hold a special place in  many people's hearts, which makes the thought of  

  • them being slaughtered and eaten unbearable to  most of us. It is really important to remember  

  • that the vast majority of Chinese people do  not consume dog meat. It is also important  

  • to remember that the vast majority of Chinese  people want to stop the Yulin Dog Meat Festival.

  • The subset of people who are capturing  and slaughtering thousands of dogs are  

  • not representative of the Chinese people as  a whole, just like extremists in the country  

  • you live in are not representative of you. The  Yulin Dog Meat Festival should most definitely  

  • be put to a stop; for the dog's sake, as well asfor the safety of the entire world. Progress is  

  • being made, but since money and people's greed  are motivators for the festival, it will be an  

  • uphill battle until the Chinese government  bans the consumption of dog meat completely.

  • Now check out our videoGROSS  Food In Other Countries.”  

  • Or watchReal Reason Why China Wants To Expand.”

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