Target: Premier of the State Council of the People’s Republic of China, Li Keqiang
Goal: Stop infamous Yulin Dog Meat Festival in China.
Every June, the Yulin Dog Meat Festival occurs in China where dogs and cats are killed in the thousands to celebrate the summer solstice. China’s government allows the practice to continue by calling it a “folk custom.”
The slaughter of all these animals attracted the attention of protesters last year and government officials said that they banned the festival but can’t stop businesses from preparing their meat for the unofficial festival this year. Whether it’s called a “festival” or not, the slaughter of animals is still continuing and has many activists flocking to China once more to protest this injustice.
One of these protesters, Andrea Gung, launched a petition after she witnessed the festival in 2014 firsthand. Gung said that, “…some dogs were still wagging their tails when they were being killed in the slaughterhouse.”
Based on the fact that some of the dogs and cats had callers around their necks, it would appear that some of them could have been family pets and had simply become stolen or lost. Not only is it disgusting that so many harmless animals are being slaughtered, the practice is causing the dog and cat meat trade to be hot on the black market. Due to the avoidance of government regulation, the risk of spreading diseases such as rabies is much higher.
Despite China’s government claiming that the mass dog slaughter has ended, it is obvious that it is still happening in Yulin. Please sign the petition below to urge China to stop the mass slaughter of dogs and cats for the upcoming festival in Yulin, China.
Dear Premier Li Keqiang,
I am very concerned over the upcoming Yulin Dog Meat Festival that occurs every year in June. This festival is barbaric and results in the mass slaughter of thousands of dogs and cats each year, some of which could very well be former pets who were stolen or abandoned.
Although China’s government claims that the festival has ended, this is obviously not true. Local businesses are preparing for the unofficial festival by killing large numbers of cats and dogs and putting them in deplorable living conditions until they are slaughtered.
By not cracking down on the dog meat black market, China’s government is making a huge mistake. This reflects very poorly on China’s reputation and puts their people at risk for the spread of diseases such as rabies.
It is time to get serious about stopping the dog meat trade in China. Please stop businesses from preparing for this festival and mass killing thousands of dogs and cats in anticipation of the festival.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: Anne Frodesiak