On 7th June a petition made its way to the Chinese Embassy in London. The petition, which featured 11 million signatures urging the ban of the Yulin dog meat festival has gathered much support from celebrities and dog lovers alike online across the globe, all united in their disgust at the country’s tradition.
Most people in China don’t eat dogs, and as the Yulin festival approaches, protests and candlelit vigils are expected to take place across the country.
On 14 May in China’s city of Dalian, 100,000 people protested against the Yulin festival. Dog lovers in cities such as Beijing, Shanghai and Dalian are increasingly angered by dog thieves who steal their pets for the meat trade and so it’s disappointing their embassy in the UK refused to accept.
Mr Rob Flello, an Stoke-on-Trent MP, shared the news alongside a photograph of him on the doorstep of the embassy attempting delivery. The Humane Society International/UK to raise awareness to the cause.
Notable attendees were:
Star Wars icon Carrie Fisher and her dog Gary,
Dog behaviourist Victoria Stilwell,
Singer songwriter Sandi Thom,
Actress Jenny Seagrove and
Made in Chelsea’s Lucy Watson and her dog Digby,
The Lychee and Dog Meat Festival, commonly referred to as Yulin Dog Meat Festival, is an annual celebration held in Yulin, Guangxi, China, during the summer solstice (21 June 2016) in which festival goers eat dog meat and lychees. The festival spans about ten days during which it is estimated that 10,000–15,000 dogs are consumed.
In China, among those who against dog meat festival is Madam Yang. She is a 65-year old retired teacher from Tianjin. Last time, she travelled 1500miles to help save 100 dogs with $1100.