It happens every year. There are about 10,000 dogs that are slaughtered in China just to do this festival. There are a lot of protests all over the world about this type of festival but it seems that they are still bent on continuing the event because it is a part of their culture and tradition. It enrages people from all over the world. A lot of people have created open letters to no avail. The festival is going to continue and it will not be stopped.
The case is not similar to the one that Stephen Collins is experiencing though. There was a time when he was highly popular and was a respected actor but all changed when he was accused of molesting underage women. His victims have spoken one by one and since then, people started seeing him in a different light. Even his co-stars do not want to work with him anymore. It will be easy for one person to be ostracized and stripped away from the limelight but it is always different when it comes to full and big festivals like the Yulin Festival.
These are just some of the reasons why people are angry that this festival is still ongoing:
- The ways that the dogs are killed are considered to be inhumane.
The dogs are skinned alive and can feel every pain that is connected to letting them get killed as they are smashed with hammers all over and over again. They are also sliced with chainsaws to make the whole process easier for them. There are some dogs that are tortured publicly. They are ran over and dragged until they die.
- The dogs that become part of this festival are not only composed of strays. Some of the dogs have owners as well.
Since there is a certain amount of dogs that are needed for the occasion, some of the dogs are stolen right from their own homes. It does not matter whether they have owners who love them. As long as they are dogs, they will be taken forcibly from their owners.
- The dogs (both strays and with owners) are placed in small cages and would have to bear an uncomfortable ride going to Yulin.
There are a lot of dogs who are unable to take the stress and discomfort brought about by the trip especially since most of them have not eaten anything. Some also die from dehydration so a thousand dogs may be dead even before the festival starts. This can make dog meat unsafe for consuming because the meat is already double dead.
- The festival has increased the number of rabies cases in the area.
There are a lot of dogs that may be inflicted with rabies and now, even people who have eaten the dog meat are afflicted with rabies too. It was believed that eating dog meat can cause good luck but if getting rabies is the effect, is this truly good luck?
With all of these facts about the Yulin festival, it is best if this festival will be stopped at the soonest possible time not only for the dogs but for human beings who may become affected by the diseases that dog meat carries.