Dog meat event re­duced in size

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWS CAPSULE -

The an­nual dog meat fes­ti­val in South China’s Guangxi Zhuang au­ton­o­mous re­gion ar­rived as usual this week, but at a re­duced size, as the lo­cal gov­ern­ment pledged to take ac­tion to avoid pub­lic dog slaugh­ter­ing.

In re­sponse to a pe­ti­tion to end the fes­ti­val, the lo­cal Yulin gov­ern­ment promised to ban dog slaugh­ter­ing in pub­lic and to check the health cer­tifi­cates of dogs trans­ported to Yulin. Food safety and the prob­lem of stolen pet dogs are the ma­jor ob­jec­tions.

The fes­ti­val is held an­nu­ally in Yulin. Un­der pres­sure both do­mes­ti­cally and abroad, the Yulin event has shrunk in re­cent years. Ac­cord­ing to Hu­mane So­ci­ety In­ter­na­tional, the dog slaugh­ter­ing peak was in 2012 or 2013, when more than 10,000 dogs were killed in three days. The num­ber dropped to 2,000 dogs in 2015.

Li Ting­sheng, a lo­cal pub­lic­ity of­fi­cial, said dog meat is a valid food choice, not a bad habit as some ac­tivists say.

“We have made an ef­fort to ad­dress pub­lic con­cerns over food se­cu­rity as well as the safety of pets,” Li said. “How­ever, there is no le­gal ba­sis for pre­vent­ing peo­ple from eat­ing dog meat.”

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