2014 was the 3rd year that our founder Du Yufeng and some of our volunteers made the journey of nearly 1000 miles to protest at Yulin Dog Meat Festival.
Du helped other activists rescue dogs from Yulin but this year she didn't rescue any herself. She and our volunteers protested outside the Yulin government offices, demanding to see the mayor of Yulin but their pleas fell on deaf ears. They were harassed by local dog meat eaters who snatched posters from Du as she protested. Despite the intimidation the protest carried on.
Du and our volunteers went to the market place where all the traders barter with restaurant owners and butchers to get the best price for 'their' dogs. Walking among the cages, many dogs were seen with collars on them - stolen pets. The dogs were stressed, hungry and thirsty and very often fights would start in the cages. With no chance to get out of the cages to stretch their legs, they had no choice but to urinate and defecate on their cage mates.
Broken legs and tails were common. Traders don't care whether there are legs or tails hanging out of the cages when they pile them on top of one another and when they unload them it is quite common for them to throw the cages from the truck to the ground.
Pedigree breeds were in with cross breeds and mongrels.
Even puppies were in among the cages and contrary to belief that it is a dog meat festival, cats are sold, killed and eaten at Yulin too.
Du was with the activists who rescued (bought) dogs this year (2014). She helped them to barter with traders and then cared for the dogs and cats rescued in between protesting.
Despite rescuing some of the dogs and cats, many, many more were brutally killed and eaten.
Watch the video below featuring our founder Du Yufeng, our volunteers and other Chinese activists as they try to save dogs at Yulin. The news channel CNN featured Yulin Dog Meat Festival on their news report in 2014.
It also shows the intimidation shown towards activists from dog meat eaters and traders.
The 30 minute documentary, Hot Dog ~ The Real Truth Of Yulin was shown on Chinese television and the backlash against dog meat eaters and their supporters from Chinese animal lovers was enormous. Demands were sent to the government asking for dog meat eating to be banned and a small animal legislation be enacted immediately. Now more than ever, animal lovers in China are demanding change.
The documentary shows the Yulin festival from the prospective of the activists and it also shows the violence and intimidation shown towards them from dog meat eaters and traders. Thank you for watching.
|Bo Ai Animal Protection Centre Of Guangyuan||