Activists save dogs from meat festival
With the annual dog meat festival in Yulin, South China’s Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region next week, animal rights activists have received calls from dog dealers offering to sell dogs to them instead, the Legal Evening News reported.
Among the activists is Yang Xiaoyun, a woman who said she spent 150,000 yuan ($24,000) last year buying dogs from dealers in Yulin, where dogs are viewed as a traditional source of meat. People eat dog meat and lychees to celebrate the arrival of the summer solstice in June every year.
For the past few years, animal rights activists, in China and abroad, have been urging people to boycott the festival, their main objection being against the mass slaughter of dogs. The Yulin local government has decided not to interfere, saying it is a civil matter.