As the Dog Meat Festival in Yulin, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region of the People’s Republic of China gets nearer, petitions to stop the said ‘barbaric festival’ is getting stronger. Duo Duo Animal Welfare Project initiated a petition at Change.org calling on Yulin City Governor Chen Wu to shut down the festival.
The petition in Change.org now reached 440,878 signatures, as of posting time, and is aiming to reach a million signatures before the actual day of festival on June 22.
“As foreigners who have great respect for the Chinese people and Chinese civilization, We are saddened to learn that the Yulin “Dog Meat Festival” still exists in a modern civilized society,” says in the petition.
“The “Dog Meat Festival” can potentially undermine social stability, aggravate existing social conflicts, and sabotage the central government’s efforts to build a harmonious society,” it explains.
The Humane Society International is also running the same petition but addressed to Communist Party Chief of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region.
“Thousands of dogs, many of them stolen pets, are captured and transported over long distances under horrific conditions to Yulin, a city in China’s Guangxi province. There, they’re held in crowded cages without food or water until they are killed,” HSI says in the petition.
“Often, they are beaten and their throats are slit in front of other terrified animals. Most Chinese citizens reject this practice, and we’re committed to supporting them in changing their laws,” the group adds.