By Dominick Mezzapesa
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Recently China's largest food delivery service eme.me has banned any restaurant from their service that offers dog or cat meat on their menus.
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When word of eme.me decision came down, provoked dog-meat eating people used the "It's tradition" to defend their barbaric eating habits and to excuse the torture and killing of millions of stolen pets each year.
It is assumed by lazy journalists covering this story and festivals like the one in Yulin, where upwards of 10 to 15,000 cats and dogs are slaughtered each year, that this "Ancient Chinese tradition" excuse is a fact.
Doing a little research will show them that this "Tradition" excuse is an absolute lie.
In Yulin the Dog meat eating festival takes place each year, and each year journalist who covers this Deathfest let this "Why do you interfere with our traditions" slip into their stories, knowing full well that the festival only dates back to 2009.
Too afraid of being labeled a racist it's easy to see why gutless western reporters will not challenge the validity of the defenders claim.
When the most infamous dog and cat meat eating festival was launched in China, "Tradition" was the furthest thing on the Yulin officials' minds. This grotesque Festival was billed as a celebration of the summer solstice, but the reality was it was born to make a quick buck for city officials who were anxious to appease their tax collecting masters in Beijing.
Activist mobilized in protest as word spread that thousands of pets were being stolen and slaughtered in the most horrific of ways, because according to these sick bastards 'a dog killed while being tortured produces the best tasting meat.'
The festival creators and Yulin officials fabricated this "Tradition" excuse as a cover for the barbarity taking place each year.
To accomplish this and to give at least a hint of validity, they picked and chose only the parts of China's long and storied history that supported their festivals ungodly eating habits.
History not on their side
At its height of the Han Dynasty (206 BCE-220 CE), dog meat was considered a delicacy. Yet, dog eating soon lost favor in the Sui-Tang dynasties (581 - 907 AD), dog eating had been rejected as an indecent habit.
Subsequent dynasties also valued mans best friends as helpers and hunting buddies.
Wildlife Planet research could not produce an exact date when China decided that eating your buddy was back in vogue or when dog eating people considered it as a "Chinese Tradition."
For the past few years Yulin officials have backed away from openly mentioning the festival, and hilariously claim that there is no festival at all. But walking through the town during summer solstice tells a different tale.
Dogs and cats crammed into small rusted steel cages are openly slaughtered in crowded marketplaces, on the streets, and most shockingly next to elementary schools.
The sickening display combined with China's reluctance to enforce health code laws already written in their law books has put many of it's citizens' health at risk.
In today's China dog and cat meat eating are facing strong criticism. Three decades of economic expansion have spawned a growing army of animal lovers and pet owners, now believed to be 40 million strong.
As more and more young people move away from small villages and into larger cities, they look toward companion animals for comfort in the absence of the family unit.
With their new found bond with animals, this new generation of Chinese sees cats and dogs as smart, thinking, feeling souls deserving of our respect and compassion.
Most importantly, the new generation of Chinese has discarded the ridiculous "It's tradition" excuse and embraced the "friends, not food" mantra.
Year after year as the world's outrage continues to build, China, Yulin and the dog meat eating industry knows it is fighting a losing battle.
China's leadership must come to grips with the fact that the blood money that Yulin sends them is worthless compared to the increasing moral awakening that public opinion polls are showing.
China's President Xi Jinping needs to enforce health code laws and make the sellers of dogs and cats produce proper paperwork showing where these animals were obtained.
President Xi can save face and not even have to expose his personal views on dog and cat meat eating to put an end to the slaughter forever.
Since China has no dog meat farms in their country Xi can easily shut down the dog meat trade by demanding his country health officials to enforce current laws on the books.
No culture is stagnant; it evolves and progresses and no matter which country you are talking about some traditions just don't belong in the modern world because we humans have evolved and thankfully, we have in some cases outgrown the barbaric traditions of our ancestors.