Target: City Officials from Yulin, Shaanxi
Goal: To prevent a cruel dog meat festival from taking place
The city of Yulin, China holds an annual summer solstice tradition. In this festival, an estimated 10,000 dogs are slaughtered and consumed every year. Animal rights groups state that dogs are electrocuted, skinned, and burned alive. While officials say that the dogs are raised on farms for consumption, there is a significant chance that many of these dogs are in fact, stolen pets which are sold to restaurants at low prices. Many of the dogs are strays, which do not meet sanitation quotas either.
A resident defends the tradition, stating, “It’s unfair to call Yulin people brutal only because we have this tradition to eat dog meat. People who call us uncivilized and cruel should stop eating meat first.” Yet the practices revolving the dog meat trade in China is dubious, and its methods are questionable at best. Dogs are packed into overcrowded cages, and transported on top of one another for miles with no food or water. There are sanitation restrictions involving the sales of dog meat, yet animal rights activists say that these are poorly enforced and officials often inform dog meat vendors of their arrivals and inspections.
This festival is cruel and unsanitary, and the public slaughter of dogs needs to be stopped. Sign this petition to urge city officials to cancel the festival, and help save thousands of dogs from slaughter.
Dear Yulin Officials,
The summer solstice celebration of Yulin has gained global notoriety for its practices. An estimated ten thousand dogs are slaughtered each year, often with very inhumane practices. People have reported dogs being electrocuted, skinned, and burned alive. Dogs are transported in overcrowded cages on trucks without any sanitation, increasing the risk of diseases such as rabies. Sanitation standards for dog meat are poorly enforced. Many of the dogs that are consumed in the dog meat trade are stolen pets without sanitation certificates. These dogs are then sold to restaurants and dog meat vendors at a reduced price in lieu of proper sanitation.
This festival is inhumane and cruel, and I urge you to cancel it. Not only does it place human health in danger due to the relaxed sanitation laws surrounding it, but it slaughters ten thousand dogs annually, many of which are stolen pets. Many of the dogs consumed are strays, who also do not meet sanitation regulations. It would be immoral and unethical to allow this type of celebration to continue.
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