China’s notorious Yulin dog and cat meat Festival was given the green light in defiance of the coronavirus outbreak and worldwide condemnation for the ‘festivals’ cruel nature.
The infamous Yulin festival, also known as the Lychee and Dog Meat Festival is considered an annual celebration by attendees and is held in Yulin, Guangxi, China. The first Yulin festival was held in 2009 and has continued every year in July spanning 10 days in which cats and dogs are killed, butchered and consumed in the tens of thousands.
The festival typically attracts thousands of consumers who purchase cats and dogs that are put on display in cramped and dirty cages.
Campaigners who are working to end the brutal festival have said the number of visitors attending this year were significantly lover than previous years.
“We saw a drastic decline in dog meat traders and buyers at this years Yulin festival and we hope to see this decline continue.” – Andrea Freeman, Campaigner for International Animal Foundation.
A rise in Chinese citizens are addressing the ongoing cruelty being inflicted to animals toppled with the fear of COVID-19 spreading resulted in the government introducing new laws to prohibit the wildlife trade and better laws to protect pets.
Animal activists continue to fight and protest for the shut down of the festival stating the threats of wet markets on human health along with the cruelty being inflicted on the animals by means of death.
“Hoping this festival gets shut down isn’t enough, more needs to be done to stop this insanity from making it into the history books another year” said Freeman.
China has vowed to ban the wildlife trade after it is believed the coronavirus crosses to humans after originating from bats in a wet in Wuhan city, China.
Some Chinese cities have proven to be more progressive in respect to animal rights. In April, Shenzhen city became the first city in China to ban the consumption of dogs with others expected to follow.
“There’s been a decline in cat and dog consumption in recent years along with a rise in cats and dogs being seen more as pets rather than livestock which is hopeful” concluded Freeman.
Animal rights organisations all over the world are campaigning to Have the Yulin festival shut down. The International Animal Foundation has gained over 91,000 supporters Petitioning the Chinese government to shut down the cruel festival.