China Seems Impotent to Stop the Yulin Dog-Meat Festival
By Dominick Mezzapesa
Thousands of cats and dogs crammed into cages sit and wait for slaughter to begin. Despite all the attention and Chinese officials declaring they will do something about this grotesque festival, local restaurants say business is booming even before the Yulin Dog Festival has started.
At the notorious Yulin meat festival where slaughterhouses are already killing and serving up hundreds of stolen pets ahead of the official launch on Sunday, that Local authorities "claims" it had been abolished following global outrage, animal protection charities say that in Yulin it's business as usual.
At Yulin #1 Crispy Dog Meat restaurant which sells the newly-slaughtered animals to hungry customers, the waiting line stretches out of the 300 seat restaurant.
Photographs taken as early as this morning shows hundreds of dogs and cats stuffed into cages awaiting their slaughter. Others photographs show how the bloodied bodies of dead pets that had died on the trip to Yulin, are piled up on the streets outside the dirty slaughterhouses.
The Chinese government declared that the character for Dog shall not be displayed but defiantly at the Yulin Crispy Dog Meat restaurant, they still display it.
The locals eat dogs all year round, but there is a massive surge in tourism and demand for dog meat when people celebrate the Summer Solstice at the annual festival.
Yulin's authorities are 'very nervous' and have issued warnings to meat sellers to be ready for the protesters from all over the world to descend on the city as the festival's date approaches.
The Humane Society Intentional (HSI) claims the local government could be violating China's national policy by allowing the cruel festival to continue.
It is legal to eat dogs in China and the country has no law protecting the welfare of pets, but its Ministry of Agriculture has strict rules which require every cat and dog to have an 'inspection certificates' before they are transported.
Because most of these animals are stolen pets or strays grabbed off the street, dog meat traders do not have the right paperwork or produce 'fraudulent documents' instead, HSI claims.
Some slaughterhouse owners admitted they did not have 'quarantine certificates' and local health inspectors never visit to check out the animals - many of whom look visibly sick.
Wildlife Planet is sickened by the Yulin festival but even more sickened by the fact that the Chinese Government does nothing except give lip service to those protesting.
China a country that can somehow command it's citizens on how many children it may have but, now seems impotent in stopping the slaughter of thousands of stolen pets.
It's not like the Chinese imbeciles don't know where to look and on what day the mass slaughtering will take place.
America as well as the world continues to be outrage but yet most will go out tonight and buy at least five products that are stamped "Made in China" So, there is plenty of blame to go around for this tragedy.
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