China dog meat row: Millions back petition against Yulin festival

Animal rights campaigners in China have handed in a petition with 11 million signatures calling for an end to anannual dog-eating festival in the south-west of the country.

BBC News
Date: 10 June 2016

Activists want to stop the consumption of dog meat at the festival in the southern city of Yulin which is due to

The animal rights lobby in China appears to be growing in strength-AP
The animal rights lobby in China appears to be growing in strength-AP

begin later this month.

Correspondents say animal rights is a growing concern in China.  There have been frequent calls to treat animals more humanely.

About 24 activists accompanied by their dogs handed in the petition at the representative office of Yulin city in the Chinese capital, Beijing. They unfurled banners with pictures of their pets alongside the message: “I’m not your dinner.”

The annual festival – due to begin on 21 June – involves the slaughter of thousands of dogs for human consumption.

Figures cited by The Washington Post say about 30 million dogs are killed across Asia every year for their meat, with more than a third of that number killed in China.       [FULL  STORY]

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