Ac­tivists save dogs from meat fes­ti­val

China Daily (Canada) - - FRONT PAGE -

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.

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