YULIN is June 21, 2017. During the ten day Lychee and Dog Eating Festival, approximately 15,000 dogs will be TORTURED and then killed. The vast majority of these dogs are stolen pets or street dogs.
They are crammed in cages so they can barely move and are transported for days without food, water or cover. Diseases like distemper, cholera and rabies are often spread. Rabies amongst Chinese people is becoming more common. They are dropped off at unsanitary slaughter houses where they wait their fate.
Because it's believed that tortured meat is more tender, and increases virility, the dogs are tortured before eaten. They are beat, hung, stabbed in the neck to bleed out and boiled and/or skinned ALIVE. The torture is often done on the streets in front of children who may be either traumatized or desensitized by the violence they are exposed to.
Animal Activists including members of the group, Citizen Lobbyists for H. Res. 30 (Formerly 752) to End the Dog Meat Trade are asking the Consul General, Luo Linquan of the Consulate General of the People's Republic of China in San Francisco to support us in our requests to Mr. Chen Wu, the Governor of Yulin, Guangxi Autonomous Region, Mr. Peng Qinghua, Guangxi Communist Party of China Chief, and President Xi Jinping.
We respectfully urge the President of China and the above listed Yulin, Guangxi authorities to ban the killing and consumption of dogs during the Yulin Festival, to enforce China's food and safety laws regulating the processing and sale of animal products and the 2011 Agriculture Ministry of China Regulation on the Quarantine of Dogs at the place of Origin which requires one (1) certificate for each dog on trans-provincial transport trucks. We also urge the People's Congress of China to legislate and enforce an Animal AntiCruelty Law which would ban the dog and cat meat trade in its entirety.
President of the People's Republic of China, Mr. Xi Jinping
Governor of Guangxi Autonomous Region Mr. Chen Wu
Guangxi Communist Party of China Chief, Mr. Peng Qinghua
We are writing to ask the government of the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region to ban the killing and consumption of dog meat from the Yulin Lychee and Dog Meat Festival that will be held on June 21, 2017, to end the dog meat trade as a whole and to legislate and enforce animal AntiCruelty laws.
We are foreigners and respect both China's culture and people. While the Yulin Festival is often promoted as culture it is not. It was started by dog meat traders in 2010 to help increase dropping sales of dog meat. Culture cannot be used as an excuse to continue the barbaric
The Guangxi Autonomous Region has so much to offer to its citizens and the world. The region is visited by tourists from around the world because of its beautiful landscapes and nature. Industry is growing as is agriculture which includes sugar cane, star anise.
We are saddened and feel there is no place for the Yulin "Dog Meat Festival" in this civilized society.
We urge both the government of Guangxi Autonomous Region and China's President to enforce China's Food and Safety Laws regulating the processing and sale of animal products. Because of the unsanitary conditions in the processing of the dogs and the long travel conditions of these dogs, diseases are spread. China has the world's second highest incidences of rabies cases in humans.
In the interest of the public health, disease prevention, and enforcement of the national government's policies, the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region government should remove the killing and consumption of dogs from the Yulin Festival.
During the ten (10) day festival alone approximately 15,000 dogs are tortured and killed by hanging, limb amputation, being boiled and skinned while alive and conscious. The false beliefs that the torture increases virility and makes the meat more tender perpetuates this inhumane treatment of animals. This is morally wrong and causing social unrest.
A large amount of China's citizens are angered by the fact their pets are being stolen and killed. As a result they are taking the law into their own hands. The 2011 Agriculture Ministry of China Regulation on the Quarantine of Dogs requires one (1) certificate for each dog on trans- provincial transport. Government checkpoints to enforce this regulation could save tens of thousands of dogs lives, help the citizens recover their pets, and help cease the social unrest.
People in China and around the world oppose the dog meat trade. Recently approximately 8 million Chinese citizens voted to support legislation, since expired, by Zhen Xiaohe, deputy of the National People's Congress which proposed the Ban of the Dog Meat Trade.
Even more people around the world have signed petitions demanding an end as well. On June 7, 2016 a petition with 11 million signatures asking for an end to Yulin was presented and REJECTED at the Chinese Consulate in London. Many foreigners feel discriminated/insulted against based on their belief in animal rights and welfare. Because the international community's opposition to the extreme torture inflicted upon thousands of innocent beings during the Yulin Festival and throughout the year the outrage is growing, the Chinese economy could be compromised by their products being boycotted and China not being a desirable country to visit.
We urge you to use your power to show the world that China cares about the values of both their citizens and those of others around the world, that China does not discriminate against others beliefs in animal welfare and care about the well bing of their people and animals.
In the interest of public safety, food safety, social morality, and China's reputation we respectfully ask the above mentioned officials to remove the killing and consumption of dog meat during the YULIN Lychee and Dog Meat Festival, end China's Dog Meat Trade in its entirety and legislate animal anti cruelty laws.