Dog butchering raising howls in Congress and throughout the world

By on May 25, 2016 with 29 Comments By Wayne Pacelle

Rep. Alcee L. Hastings, D-Fla., introduced a congressional resolution today condemning China’s dog meat trade and the festival in Yulin, China, where thousands of dogs and cats are slaughtered each year. The resolution, which has 27 original cosponsors, doesn’t have the force of law, but it’s an opportunity for the United States to urge the government of China and Yulin authorities to protect against pet dogs being stolen and sold into the meat trade. It calls for a ban on the killing and eating of dogs and urges China to enact an anti-animal cruelty law banning the dog meat trade. It also calls for tougher enforcement of a 2011 agriculture ministry resolution that requires “one certificate for one dog” on board trucks transporting dogs that cross provincial boundaries, and of China’s food safety laws that would preclude this trade if properly enforced.

Humane Society International has documented the abuses of dogs at Yulin for the past several years, drawing global attention to this inferno for animals. Today, a dog HSI rescued from Yulin, Little Ricky, paid Congressman Hastings a visit during the release of the resolution. Little Ricky was named in honor of actor and comedian Ricky Gervais for his support of HSI’s #EndYulin campaign, and this canine ambassador now lives with his adoptive forever family in the Washington, D.C. region.

As many as 10,000 dogs could be captured, slaughtered, and eaten during the Yulin dog meat festival, which is scheduled to take place on June 21st this year. In recent years, as international pressure on China to end the festival has intensified and images of the festival’s brutality have made their way around the world, Yulin authorities have withdrawn their official support for it. Despite this, the festival continues and dog meat traders continue to slaughter dogs, usually right in front of other dogs who watch in horror as they wait for doom to visit them next.

Yulin is a terrifying and intense reminder of the horrors of the Chinese dog meat trade. We estimate that people kill more than 10 million dogs in China each year for human consumption. Besides the cruelty to the animals, the trade poses human health risks, with the World Health Organization linking the dog meat trade to cholera and rabies. As the resolution states, the dog slaughter in Yulin also “happens in residential areas and public marketplaces, imposing scenes of extreme animal cruelty on local residents, including young children who may, as a result, suffer psychological trauma and desensitization.”

Following last year’s Yulin dog meat festival, HSI helped set up China Animal Protection Power (CAPP), a task force of volunteers with local groups VShine, EShine, and Xi’an Small Animal Protection Association. These volunteers have intercepted trucks carrying dogs under extremely harsh conditions and with no access to food, water, or veterinary care. We have helped in the rescue of hundreds of dogs over the years, many still with collars on them. Just last week, with the assistance of law enforcement, activists with CAPP stopped a truck carrying 200 dogs on the Tianjin Highway outside Beijing. The dogs were liberated after three days of negotiations, during which activists with CAPP reported the truck to police, while activists in Beijing lobbied the agriculture ministry and other officials to intervene. All the while activists on the ground provided food and water to the dogs. One of the dogs had a microchip and we hope to engineer a reunion with the family.

The vast majority of people in China don’t eat dogs, and Chinese opposition to the dog meat trade is mounting. The Yulin dog meat festival is not about culture or tradition — it was launched in 2010 by dog meat traders hoping to boost flagging interest in the product, and was endorsed by local authorities who hoped to stir tourism. But as China has found out since the launch of the festival, it has earned the nation nothing but global censure. For people around the world – and for many dog-loving Chinese – an end to this festival of horrors could not come soon enough.

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  1. Nancy Davis says:

    Please stop her horrible event!!!!

  2. Nancy Lindemeyer says:

    Please end the cruel Yulin dog meat festival.

  3. Cecilia Gray says:

    Dogs are pets, not food. This is a disgrace.

  4. pham says:

    Avec l’intervention des États Unis nous demandons aux autorités de la Chine d annuler YULIN libérez les chiens et chats ne mangez plus des animaux de compagnie vous attrapez la rage et c est très cruel le monde entier est contre YULIN STOP ✋ STOP ✋ LA SOUFFRANCE ANIMALE

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  6. Foussat kari'e says:

    Stop c’est trop cruelle et inadmissible de manger nos bêtes de compagnies. C’est des êtres tout comme nous, ressentent la souffrance tout comme l’humain. Stop stop stop interdire de manger nos animaux de compagnie.

  7. Julie C says:

    I hope that not just dogs are included in legislation to stop this horror. Protecting only dogs will, I fear, allow this brutality to continue with other animals. Please extend protection to any and all animals harmed at Yulin.
    Although I have heard of Yulin before, prior to reading this blog I assumed this was an archaic tradition. How horrifying to learn this was started in 2010! It takes my breath away to think of cruelty and depravity of this magnitude, started in the name of greed. God help these poor animals.

  8. April says:

    Thank you and please help those poor dogs. I cannot bear to think about this festival as it just brings me to tears.

  9. Shagly says:

    And what about the Philipines , Vietnam , Thailand and last but not least a lot worser then China , SOUTH KOREA ?
    Sound a little like Biassed China bashing to me
    Using dog welfare for political reason

    • Bob Heisler says:

      Shagly, People like you are part of the problem. Be part of the solution. Develop some compassion.

  10. Tammy Huennnerkopf says:

    Yes, please stop this most horrifying act of cruelty.

  11. Lynda brown says:

    A big thanks to rep alcee Hastings, my home state of Fla for addressing this horrific trade. All politicians have the power to end this once and for all and should all join forces. Us millions around the world feel so helpless!

  12. Adrian Shiva says:

    Both dogs and cats are victims of this insanely cruel atrocity. But the congressional resolution seems to be addressing it only in how it impacts the dogs, while forgetting the cats.

    They need to include both animals in its call for a ban of such torture-consumption, not just for the dog victims.

  13. Lisa Case says:

    I have written to our lame President so many times over this and he has done nothing. I say let’s make sure not to re-elect any legislator who won’t sign this.

  14. Helen Taylor says:

    This is not about culture or tradition. Its about the joining together of evil sadistic sickos that want to relish in torturing defenceless animals! Chopping limbs off and skinning any animal while still alive is not acceptable ever! This disgusting so called festival and the dog meat trade must end now. The majority of people in the world is shocked and deeply disturbed and upset by this horror that is happening to this dogs and cats! Stop now PLEAESE!

  15. Helen Taylor says:

    This so called festival is not about culture or tradition, its about evil, sadistic sickos joining together to relish in the torture of a defenceless animal! No animal should have its limbs chopped off, burnt slowly, and skinned alive! This is 2016 and we have to stop this disgusting barbarisms now! All animals whether to be eaten or not deserve respect and to be humanly destroyed not tortured to death!

  16. penny wilson says:

    NO to eating DOGS

  17. David Bernazani says:

    Even if this “festival” was about eating some other animal that we eat in the West– say, pigs, for example– it would still be a cruel, pointless enterprise that would be inhumane for the animals and psychologically damaging to the children who witnessed it. That it does in fact celebrate the killing and eating of dogs is even more obscene, and it must stop.

  18. Tiffany Moyers says:

    STOP the killing..

  19. Fageon nathalie says:

    Stop!!!!!! À Yulin,cruauté inadmissible,aucun être vivant ne mérite de souffrir autant ,comment arrivent ils à dormir sans entendre leurs cris ?????

  20. Susan Farrelly says:

    Thank you, Alcee Hastings, for recognizing this horrific problem and taking steps to deal with it. You are a wonderful example for other legislators to follow.

  21. elisa kleven says:

    It is heartbreaking and infuriating to see this unnecessary, barbaric cruelty inflicted upon dogs. Our innocent, loving, trusting compananions, guardians, helpers and friends deserve the love and care they so generously give us humans.

  22. Stella maris argento says:

    please !!!!! STOP YULIN !!!!!!!!!!

  23. Marianne Mansour says:

    I’m glad this is gaining worldwide attention: what about US farm animals? Pigs are slammed to the ground… There heads bashed on concrete if they don’t make the grade… Piled high and put in gas chambers… Baby male pigs have their genitals mutilated with one cut of the knife…baby male chicks grounded up alive. So how can we object to China killing dogs when just as much or more cruelty is taking place here daily, hourly, behind closed???

    • Bob Heisler says:

      You are saying EXACTLY what the subhumans who deliberately torture and eat dogs say. Be part of the solution, not part of the problem. We also campaign against animal abuse in the USA.

  24. Denise Schonfield says:

    This horrific Yulin Dog Meat Festival must be stopped. Dogs and cats should not suffer at the hands of these deprived and cruel individuals. Save the cats and the dogs!

  25. David says:

    “Raising Howls”???? Is that supposed to be funny? Usually the people that use lame humor like that are people with no empathy for animals. I find it really weird to see on HSUS’s site.

  26. carol stott says:

    We must put a lot of pressure on these countries that are allowing the torturing and killing of animals. These are barbaric people who need to be put down. I can’t even imagine what these poor animals go through. We do not know if they understand what they will be subjected to. People who torture these animals do not have a soul. If the governments don’t stop this, we should boycott them. People in number can change the world.

  27. Son says:

    What’s up, after reading this awesome paragraph i am as well glad to share
    my experience here with mates.

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