China to ban dog meat at notorious Yulin festival

Activists claim that Chinese officials are set to ban the sale of dog meat at the Yulin festival this year.

Dog Meat in Sujiatun
Dog meat in Sujiatun. © Zhu at Flickr

Thousands of animals are slaughtered every year at the Yulin festival, initially founded by traders in 2010 in hopes to boost domestic sales, and now China is set to ban this tradition.

As reported by The Independent, activists from the state have cited numerous sources in Yulin suggesting that a new Communist party official wants to change the image of the city and turn it into a cultural hub.

According to Humane Society International, fines as large as 100,000 yuan (£11,202) and the risk of arrest will be subjected to traders who break the law. “This is a key moment and the strongest indication yet the authorities are serious about this,” said Wendy Higgins of the Humane Society.

The strongest step yet against dog meat trade in the city, Andrea Gung, executive director of Duo Duo Animal Welfare Project said, “This ban is consistent with my experience that Yulin and the rest of the country are changing for the better. I am very impressed that the younger generation in Yulin and in China is as compassionate as their counterparts in the rest of world.”

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