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10,000 Dogs Tortured as Part of Annual Yulin Dog-Eating Festival

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Despite worldwide outcry and repeated efforts by animal activists to put an end to the Yulin Dog Eating Festival, a yearly tradition in Yulin, Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region of China, the festival, deeply rooted in ancient Chinese tradition, will begin June 21, 2014.

A Chinese dog awaits his turn at slaughter as part of the annual Yulin Dog Eating Festival, an ancient tradition that celebrates the summer solstice. Image used under license from The Associated Press.

Yulin residents cherish the annual summer solstice celebration, which involves the mass torture, slaughter, and consumption of about 10,000 dogs.

The Guardian, a UK-based news source said in an article,

Animal rights groups say 10,000 dogs are slaughtered during the festival each year, and that many are electrocuted, burned and skinned alive. Pictures posted online show flayed dogs, dogs hanging from meat hooks, and piles of dog corpses on the side of the road. In China dog meat is prized as a nutritious wintertime dish that doctors can prescribe to treat maladies such as impotence and poor circulation.

In addition to protests against the tradition of eating an animal that is cherished, even in China, as a family pet and companion, critics claim that the dogs are illegally obtained, usually stolen family pets or picked up as strays. And, because these dogs are not raised in farms and are questionably sourced, there are no quarantine systems in place to monitor the health of the animals, thereby raising additional concerns of safety to Yulin residents that partake in the festival.

According to an open letter by the Hong Kong-based NGO Animals Asia, many of the dogs consumed during the festival are strays and abductees. Some are transported to the city on filthy, overcrowded trucks, significantly increasing the risk that they carry rabies and other contagious diseases.

Up to 10,000 dogs, mostly stolen family pets or strays snatched from the streets, are packed into cramped cages and delivered to Yulin restaurants and street vendors. Image used under license from The Associated Press.

Efforts by activists to put a stop to the festival, including writing letters to the Yulin government, recruiting celebrities to openly condemn the acts, and even petitioning the Obama Administration to step in, have upset the Yulin locals.

27-year old Wei Huan, from Guilin told the China Daily Newspaper, “Why do we have to follow their (the protesters’) likes and dislikes?” She said that she grew up eating the dog-meat meal which is served with lychees and strong grain liquor, and considers it to be “the tastiest dish.”

Although the festival has not been cancelled, Yulin authorities have promised to tighten sanitation inspections and crack down on dog slaughtering in public during this year’s festival as a result of the protests. Currently there are no animal welfare laws in mainland China, but the selling of dog meat requires some level of regulation, though it’s commonly understood that these regulations are rarely enforced.

So, what can be done? While efforts to end the ancient dog-eating tradition have been largely unsuccessful, continuing to protest and express outrage, at the very least for the way the dogs are acquired and for the lack of health and safety regulations, may eventually work.

In 2011, a similar festival in the Zhejiang province of China was cancelled due to public outcry and a massive internet petition.

To join in the fight against the Yulin tradition of dog eating, sign petitions at the following links:

http://www.causes.com/actions/1665543-nobody-touch-the-dog-stop-dog-cruelty-and-tortures-in-china

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/468/042/897/china-ban-dog-and-cat-meat/

Do you support the Yulin traditions that have been in place for hundreds of years, or do you believe this practice should be stopped? Share your opinions on this topic in a comment below.

(Images used under license from The Associated Press.)

 

 

156 Responses to 10,000 Dogs Tortured as Part of Annual Yulin Dog-Eating Festival
  1. bushwick
    June 25, 2014 | 3:08 pm

    Where are all the bleeding hearts with the “All cultures are equal” rallying cry

  2. Monica Hiu
    June 25, 2014 | 9:31 am

    These Chinese are sick and they will carry more sickness than anything in this world .. May they be eaten by dogs in the future when they have nothing these sick people are not human . They steal peoples pets just to eat at a festival … C

    • Dan
      July 4, 2014 | 1:13 am

      Loser!

  3. lee77
    June 24, 2014 | 9:44 am

    What people do or eat in China, or wherever, is no business of people in Europe or America. How would Americans like it if the Chinese started protesting our eating turkeys at Thanksgiving? Dogs are no different than any other animal — except for their filthy, destructive habits — and if people want to eat dogs, they have just as much right to do so as we have to eat pigs, cows, chickens, or whatever. People need to mind their own business!

    • Sarah
      June 24, 2014 | 10:51 am

      Apart from the fact that dogs are domesticated as pets (not lifestock) and whether it’s acceptable or not to eat dogs, the most upsetting thing is the way the dogs are treated.There’s absolutely no excuse for that. The dogs are put in overcrowded cages for transport, don’t have access to water of food. They are obviously in pain and suffering. There’s video footage of dogs being dragged alongside motorcycles, clearly exhausted and suffering. Some of the dogs are simply stolen from their owner, imagine how they must be feeling. The dogs are in no way humanely killed, but often skinned or burned alive. The dogs are being tortured, so that does make it OUR business. The world should give a clear signal that this is absolutely not acceptable behaviour. No animal should be treated like this, dog or cow or turkey.
      And if people need to mind their own business, what if some people decide to eat humans? After all humans are no different than any other animal – except for their filthy, destructive behavior, guess who’s responsible for the mass extinction of species,the destruction of our environment, global deforestation, air and water pollution, oceans full of plastic, nuclear waste and so on?

    • John
      June 24, 2014 | 5:23 pm

      You mean how the Indian would protest against eating the cow, or that eating pig was not kosher for jewish and muslim believers.
      Problem is, the evaluation of animal, regardless of species or kind, is still a grade below our own worth judged by some as human, and even there, we’ve got those who believe us to be human or evolved animal, while there are those who live as BEINGS, not as humans, if I can make it simple to understand.

      Now to me, a “dog”, an animal, is also a living BEING, and only a living BEING will notice another living BEING unjustly abused, tortured, killed as unacceptable to standards of life for life’s sake. See? Human nature is not all we have, just as human is not all we are.

    • Monica Hiu
      June 25, 2014 | 9:34 am

      I think you are quite sick grow up … Stop defending this sticking situation .. Filthy maybe you are the filthy one dogs are not they are our best friends so get down and rot you sick F

    • Emily
      June 25, 2014 | 11:46 am

      CREEP! Let the Chinese stay out of Tibet for a start; none of their business either!

    • Trisha
      June 26, 2014 | 7:06 am

      OH!! Really!! You guys are sick (psycho). You should be dragged on the road & should do something like they suffered. I am against of having any living being.

      Think a while, what will happen when they will start to do same thing with us?
      Humans (best creature!!!)?????!!!! do not have any right to kill other living things.
      As we have the right to have a safe life, so do they.
      Why they will be killed for our some stupid religious belief?

      I just want to say STOP KILLING ANIMAL WITH THE TAG OF RELIGION.

    • Emily
      June 28, 2014 | 4:59 pm

      Sure. And we’ll have you endure – in an entirely private way – what helpless animals you torture in streets, restaurants, farms, fur farms, bear-bile farms and zoos, so you could draw up a very private report maybe? It needn’t be for people in America only : the entire world is watching, and isn’t necessarily on your side. We no longer live in the Middle Ages after all. True for China, and every other part of the world where animal abuse takes place!

    • Bradley J. Timm
      June 29, 2014 | 5:19 pm

      We are on a small rock spinning in space and we are all HUMAN, regardless of our geographical distances. Its time to start calling each-other OUT on behavior that CAN CHANGE if ENOUGH PEOPLE grew up with kindness in their hearts for animals rather than perpetuating barbaric, savage, cruel practices in a modern world. Stop defending cruelty and maybe start giving a sh*t about it, and we could evolve as a species before cannibalize the planet and each-other. Cynical prick.

    • Kevin Tate
      July 1, 2014 | 1:01 am

      You couldn’t be more wrong. The whole world is guilty of inflicting pain on animals for people’s consumption, but most countries attempt to have regulations in place for the treatment of the animals. The Yulin, Guangxi’s annual dog slaughter has no regard for the pain inflicted on the dogs. Boiling, burning and bludgeoning dogs to death causes agonizing pain to these creatures–regardless of their destructive habits. Don’t these villagers have a conscience?

    • Zayden
      July 2, 2014 | 11:46 am

      Wrongo. Animal rights are a global concern. I guess people should not have interfered in nazi Germany either.

    • Zayden
      July 2, 2014 | 11:48 am

      Wrongo. Animal rights are a global concern. Using your “logic” people should not have interfered in Nazi Germany either. #stoptorturefortaste

  4. Tomppa
    June 24, 2014 | 1:26 am

    Pets are pets. Livestock are livestock.

    Dogs aren’t always pets.

    • Emily
      June 25, 2014 | 11:52 am

      @’TOMPPA’ — Dogs aren’t always pets? Meaning?… – And humans aren’t always thugs, nor do they need to be; keep that in mind!

  5. Celia Clarke
    June 23, 2014 | 7:02 pm

    I am English and first heard about the Yulin dog-eating festival today.

    I hope all the people who tortured and killed the dogs get smallpox and die a slow and agonising death, because that is what they deserve. Also, the people who eat the dead dogs should die likewise and rot in hell forever. As for the person called Reality Bytes, he or she is nothing less than a fiend!

  6. ardhe
    June 23, 2014 | 7:59 am

    I am not able to see the photos of dogs and immediately closed my eyes to see the innocent dogs that are being cruelly killed by chinese. I wondered being human being how one can eat dogs , pigs and cows etc which have souls , body, pain like us. Only thing they can’t talk. That does’nt mean we can kill them and eat . In medieval days , when humans were not cultivated grains, rice and vegetables, they hunted animals and ate for survival. In this 22 century also, people does inhuman activities for filling their bellies. God gave us nature, trees and plants for survival ,we can’t kill our fellow animals in a henious manner which is a sin. Animal lovers , nature lovers must educate human beings of this world in social net working sites to practice vegetarian food and shun eating meat of any animal.In India , mostly now a days practice vegetarian food.

  7. Ben
    June 21, 2014 | 7:36 pm

    that Reality Bytes needs a bat to the face

  8. Nite
    June 21, 2014 | 10:42 am

    That is horrid. Why? Dogs are mans best friend! Well I guess they are not human. It’s goin on today.and I’m upset. I’ve got everyone doin the best they can to stop it. Why would someone with a mind eat helpless animals? Ive also read on the net that they even believe that the more you torture it, the better it tastes. So these dogs are really being abused. They are poisoned, drugged, butchered, and cooked! Then they are EATEN! And some dogs probably have diseases! It’s not cultural. It’s just about the worst possibal thing you could do to a living animal. And STOLEN pets? Imagine eating your precious animal! I bet they just jump the fence and steal the animal. Then the child walks out,”Mommy! Daddy! Puppy is gone!” Then you hear the father,” Hmm this festival sounds good. Let’s go!” Then the child has to consume his pet. The festival has no specific purpose. Only to beat the souls out of these harmless, poor, strays!

  9. Kcxd
    June 21, 2014 | 9:01 am

    I have to say China isn’t a pet friendly country. I myself as a beijinger,as well as a Chinese, kept a dalmatian for 11years and will continue as long as boy able tostruggling his senior age.
    I agree with you guys that dog is different than other livestocks, those dog\cat eaters are subhuman. I totally agree.
    One thing I do not agree, please, do not labelling such inhumane activities as Chinese. Only few provinces in China sticks to the old-barbaric thing. Not the majority of us. In such provinces, very small percentage. The comon knowledge for food resources are basically the same.
    Have to say, middle class has been deminished

    • Kcxd
      June 21, 2014 | 9:16 am

      I meant to say diminiahed.

      Although more chinese people claims themself became middle class…they were not there yet, not genetically prepared yet.

  10. Klec
    June 21, 2014 | 8:52 am

    Reality Bytes, you poor sick SOB…If I had my way, you would join Brian Lee in the joint.

  11. jacky
    June 21, 2014 | 5:22 am

    I am in China . Tomorrow is the date of fastivel . Some dog lovers have start doing somthing to stop it . Most chinese is kind . They hate this kinds of action also . Me too .. But , what we can do is just against this kinds of action in Weibo ( like facebook in china ). Hope people all of the world can pay attention it . and inform Gavament to do something .

    chinese govement pay attention on it’s imagin international very much . You can do something to help these dogs .

    Many thanks

  12. LISA CHEN
    June 21, 2014 | 1:07 am

    I AM CHINESE AND I AM DISGUSTED AND HUMILIATED BY THE HEARTLESS EVIL PEOPLE!
    I HOPE THEY ALL GET PUNISHED AND SUFFER FOR THE REST OF THEIR LIVES. THEY SURE WILL- KARMA WILL GET THEM BAD!

  13. Candice M
    June 19, 2014 | 5:57 pm

    Please someone tell me what we can do to stop this…

    • jacky
      June 21, 2014 | 5:24 am

      submit this news all over world . publish it . Chinese garvoment will pay attention it . and help to stop it . Thanks

  14. Shelley Ainsworth
    June 19, 2014 | 12:18 am

    I can barely look at the photos. I can NOT believe that there are people out there that would treat animals in this way. This is sick and extremely inhumane. Please stop this horrible act.

    • Reality Bytes
      June 20, 2014 | 4:52 am

      do you buy veal? hamburger? chicken? beef? pork? lamb? eggs? any sort of meat/protein from your local grocery market? well you’re one of those people that you can’t believe exist

      • Denise
        June 20, 2014 | 8:43 am

        You are nothing but EVIL!!! A dog is a dog with a soul who naturally loves people. You aren’t a human being because you have no soul. Nothing but cold blooded heartless monsters. Hope you die a horrible death!!

        • Reality Bytes
          June 20, 2014 | 10:00 pm

          speaking of cold blooded heartless monsters … the horns in your avatar suit you you crazy shrew! is that a yes or no? to whether you buy/order veal, beef, chicken, hamburger, pork, lamb, etc? do you feed it to your precious dogs? well you dimwitted female i have news for you you’re just as bad as those in this article… in fact you’re worse as you pretend to be innocent

          • grinderman
            June 21, 2014 | 2:49 pm

            took the words out of my mouth.dogs are no differrent from chickens pigs cows horses geese etc etc all of which are killed at the rate of 50 billion a year in slaughterhouses where people cant see the unimaginable horrors that the poor things go through.pigs are far smarter than dogs yet we put them through unspeakably miserable lives.i love dogs very much but wake up people if this ofends you then what is going on all around you to animals should make you really mad!!

          • Ben
            June 21, 2014 | 7:40 pm

            reality bytes your a cunt

      • margaret boyd
        June 21, 2014 | 6:21 pm

        TYPICAL COMMENT FROM A TYPICAL HYPOCRITE HIDING BEHIND THE ‘VEGETARIAN” AND ”VEGAN” THING.YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE EITHER TO BE SICKENED AND ANGERED AT THOSE SUBHUMN SOULESS THINGS SLAUGHETERING THOSE POOR DOGS ! DOGS ARE NOT PART OF THE FOOD CHAIN , THEY’RE LOVING LOYAL INTELLIGENT ANIMALS WHO DO SO MANY WONDERFUL THINGS FOR HUMANS.YULIN [ AND SOME OTHER PROVINCES IN CHINA ] ARE FULL OF BLACK HEARTED SOULESS SUBHUMANS WHO WILL ONE DAY ANSWER FOR THEIR EVIL ACTS OF CRUELTY.KARMA TOO WILL HAVE HER DAY WITH EVERY ONE OF THEM , SO YOU CAN TAKE YOU VEGAN/VEGETARIAN CRAP AND STICK IT WHERE THE SON DON’T SHINE BECAUSE A TRUE VEGAN/VEGETARIAN WOULD BE HEARTBROKEN AND ANGRY AS HELL BY WHAT HAS TAKEN PART IN SUBHUMAN YULIN TODAY.

        • Karin MacCurrie
          June 22, 2014 | 9:38 am

          I agree with you although I am vegetarian, haven’t quite managed to be vegan yet but trying. I was horrified by this festival last year when I did eat meat. I have since stopped, however you are right, this is vile and the methods are something out of a horror story and when we start to casually accept this under the guise of culture, then we truly are lost, lost, lost, lost forever.

      • logic
        June 22, 2014 | 2:46 am

        I can not agree with you more. I can not see the logic of ” eating a dog is different from eating pork or beef” I love dogs, but I do not really understand the point of some so-called protest.

        • Emily
          June 25, 2014 | 11:58 am

          You wouldn’t! As there isn’t any ‘logic’ in your argument,for a start!

  15. Jamie
    June 18, 2014 | 4:00 pm

    I’m Chinese and I’m sad to see this kind of stuff happening. Dogs own nothing, they are loyal, they are innocent, but human just keep betray and hurt them in many ways. Even so, they still love us with no regret… They are our true, and most loyal friends.

    • grinderman
      June 21, 2014 | 2:50 pm

      took the words out of my mouth.dogs are no differrent from chickens pigs cows horses geese etc etc all of which are killed at the rate of 50 billion a year in slaughterhouses where people cant see the unimaginable horrors that the poor things go through.pigs are far smarter than dogs yet we put them through unspeakably miserable lives.i love dogs very much but wake up people if this ofends you then what is going on all around you to animals should make you really mad!!

  16. Jay Lin
    June 18, 2014 | 3:27 pm

    I am Chinese and I find this disgusting and cruel. I hope those cats/dogs eater burn in hell.

  17. Londa Voda
    June 18, 2014 | 12:07 pm

    This is an act that needs to end. There is no need to be stealing family pets and eating mans best friend. It is time to put a stop to this. The people eating dogs can also be at risk due to no quarantines and poisoning. We need to wake up in this world and start doing the right things and severely punishing the ones doing this. The animals deserve so much better than this. Its just cruel and shows the character of a man who has no compassion for any living soul.

    • Ruth
      June 18, 2014 | 1:59 pm

      I hope every one that eats a dog gets sick and dies! That is the ONLY way to teach these people it is not healthy. They don’t care about cruelty; it’s all about themselves.

      • grinderman
        June 21, 2014 | 2:51 pm

        took the words out of my mouth.dogs are no differrent from chickens pigs cows horses geese etc etc all of which are killed at the rate of 50 billion a year in slaughterhouses where people cant see the unimaginable horrors that the poor things go through.pigs are far smarter than dogs yet we put them through unspeakably miserable lives.i love dogs very much but wake up people if this ofends you then what is going on all around you to animals should make you really mad!!

      • Emily
        June 25, 2014 | 12:05 pm

        @RUTH — I couldn’t agree more! What worries me is HOW do these abusers get away with it? Isn’t there an international ‘law’ to put an end to such goings on? – Don’t much care if they die of the pest themselves. But there is no need to have other creatures suffer!

    • Reality Bytes
      June 20, 2014 | 4:54 am

      And am I to assume that you’re a vegan? as I cannot comprehend any carnivore having the audacity to make such statements

      • omfg
        June 20, 2014 | 9:31 am

        omfg just shut up Reality Bytes.

        • Reality Bytes
          June 20, 2014 | 10:01 pm

          truth hurts donuts

          • Nite
            June 21, 2014 | 10:50 am

            RealityBytes, do shut up. We all eat livestock but this is man’s best friend on the line, would a cow follow you everywhere? Would a chicken lick your face? CAN YOU KEEP A SHEEP IN YOUR HOUSE? Do you ever hear this: Mommy can we get a pig?

            Dogs are being eaten at this very moment and you say that its ok since all other meat is eaten. ARE YOU EVEN HUMAN?

          • grinderman
            June 21, 2014 | 2:54 pm

            oh please nite you are silly.10 000 dogs thats very very sad but i do believe about 20 000 chickens are tortured and killed evvery hpour in the usa alone.chickens feel and have bonds with people and other animals the same as dogs do.wake the fuck up……pigs are one of the smartest most affectionate animals in the world.you should all be disgusted with yourself along with these dog killers

        • grinderman
          June 22, 2014 | 11:10 am
  18. Ninya Perna
    June 18, 2014 | 10:58 am

    This is an utter outrage completely unnerving

  19. Betty Pearse
    June 18, 2014 | 3:11 am

    Please,please try and stop this cruelty to animals.

  20. Evelyn Attanasio
    June 18, 2014 | 2:54 am

    Dear God!!! PLEASE HELP THESE DOGS AND SAVE THEM FROM THIS NIGHTMARE OF CHINA!!!!

  21. Lori Slusar
    June 17, 2014 | 8:30 pm

    I PRAY THAT THESE IDIOTS DIE THE WORST DEATH AND HAVE THE WORST LIFE EVER.I PRAY THERE LIFE IS A LIVING NIGHTMARE EVERYDAY OF THE REST OF THERE LIFE.

    • Reality Bytes
      June 20, 2014 | 4:55 am

      *their* you pray their life is a living nightmare everyday for the rest of their life…once could be a type-o but twice…

      • Klec
        June 21, 2014 | 12:23 pm

        If picking out spelling mistakes at least made you more intelligent, you triumphant idiot…

    • grinderman
      June 21, 2014 | 2:56 pm

      and the ones who tortue and kill other animals.Amen

    • Emily
      June 25, 2014 | 12:08 pm

      @Lori Slusar — Having them endure all they have their animal victims suffer would only be fair!!! (and bad enough…).

  22. linda
    June 17, 2014 | 6:10 pm

    i suppose you ll dont eat any animals? there s no difference in suffering if you eat meat ..any meat … so become a vegetarian or even better vegan! :)

    • Denise
      June 20, 2014 | 8:57 am

      Linda. Stuff your vegan preaching up your stinkin pie hole bitch!!!
      Dogs are almost human and you dog murderers are going to burn in hell for a long time!!!

  23. Lesley
    June 17, 2014 | 5:39 pm

    And I forgot, I hope that every person who thinks it’s alright to eat dogmeat gets rabies and suffers the worst agonising kind of death. And I will rejoice to read about that.

  24. Lesley
    June 17, 2014 | 5:35 pm

    Yes, I agree with Kelly’s comment above – have those oh so brave folk who inflict such barbaric suffering on those poor creatures suffer the same treatment. I do not respect or admire the Chinese, they are dispassionate non-thinkers. I think bomb the town.

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  26. sharon
    June 17, 2014 | 3:01 pm

    land a bomb on them sick s.o.b

    • Reality Bytes
      June 20, 2014 | 4:57 am

      Fire up the barbecue Sharon! throw on some steaks and let’s enjoy watching these heathens burn for eatin some dog meat! wrap my steak in bacon baby you dumb fucking cunt

      • Ruby moon
        June 21, 2014 | 9:29 am

        You keep bring up meat eating in general ! As your one and only argument you dumb fuck and yes it’s bad enough BUT the animals slaughtered for meat are slaughtered humanely ! Hiw can you compare that to beating, skinning alive! Boiling still alive! Burning whilst skinned and still alive, it is indeed acts of subhuman , cruel , barbaric,and has no place in a modern world the world is watching you!!

        • grinderman
          June 22, 2014 | 10:43 am

          killed humanely?you are a retard

  27. Roberta. McMahon
    June 17, 2014 | 2:48 pm

    I am so depressed and sick. They need to stop!

  28. will steel
    June 17, 2014 | 2:14 pm

    Best thing that could happen it that the people eating the dogs develop a decease when can only be contracted by eating dogs and cats.

    • Reality Bytes
      June 20, 2014 | 4:59 am

      like mad cow disease…. or ring/tapeworms from pork and rabbits…?

  29. Kevin Hodgkins, Paul Simeon, Logan Simeon, Ronnie Simeon,
    June 17, 2014 | 2:01 pm

    Paul: u idiot Chinese traditions
    Kevin: it’s a tradition! Ya sure go ahead if you were near death yourself but I really do not like and or support this crap
    Ronnie: eat human! If u eat Human,that equivalent to eating dogs
    Logan: this is sad! This is also a severe health risk! If you eat the brain you risk of getting rabies, or prions! Eat anything else and you most likely will get another disease! This is simply repulsive

  30. Karen Schwartz
    June 17, 2014 | 1:56 pm

    This is ABSOLUTLEY horrific!! The people who participate in this are so horrible that I won’t even insult animals by calling them animals.
    “The greatness of a nation and it’s moral progress can be judged by the way it’s animals are treated”
    Ghandi

    • Reality Bytes
      June 20, 2014 | 5:02 am

      yes karen you miserable cunt and how does your KFC taste tonight darling? (have you seen how they treat chickens?) or your cows for that matter… oh wait you seem to have forgotten that your entire country is filled with torturous pricks

      • Disgusted
        June 20, 2014 | 11:29 pm

        Shut the hell up Reality Bytes. You’re an ignorant fuck if you actually believe that a cow is the same as a dog. Have you heard of a cow saving a drowning child? Have you heard of a seeing eye chicken? Have you heard of a pig saving a family from a burglar? Dogs are domesticated animals. They are used for therapy for sick children. I’ve also heard of doctors suggesting a dog to help with depression. They are meant to be our companions and best friend in this horrible world. They bring love and joy to a family home. They were NOT created to be food. Look at the size of a cow or a pig. They were created for our survival. Chickens have tiny paws, the rest of their body is meat. Dogs are mainly skin and bones. They don’t have a enough meat on them to feed a huge family. I wish people would shut up and STOP saying dogs are the same as any other animal.

        Eating cats and dogs is wrong, disgusting, and a health risk. These poor fur babies are tortured and killed in inhumane ways. It’s also been scientifically proven that dogs are similar to humans. If you’re okay eating a dog than you must condone eating people as well. People like you Reality Bytes is exactly why I like dogs more than people. Calling people cunts also proves you’re an ignorant fuck. This cruelty in China has to stop. I have signed online petitions, donated money to the cause and hope others who have love and compassion in their hearts will do the same.

      • Zayden
        July 2, 2014 | 11:23 am

        Reality bytes is a #racist #bigot #whitewannabe

    • Emily
      June 25, 2014 | 12:13 pm

      @Karen Schwartz– Or to quote someone like Thomas Edison:
      “Non-violence leads to the highest ethics, which is the goal of all evolution. Until we stop harming ALL other living beings, we are still savages”.

  31. Tammy
    June 17, 2014 | 1:22 pm

    I see said Chinese Tradition that hell wrong dumbass not Tradition.. I hope one day God will be put you all in hell..that is wrong Tradition to kill Dogs .. I see Chinese is murder hope they all people go rotten hell in devil not in heaven ..Big time in HELL Devil …Dog, Cats is as my best friend so love animals.. Chinese is low education gosh sicko!!

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  33. French Bulldog Times
    June 17, 2014 | 12:01 pm

    […] Animal rights groups say 10,000 dogs are slaughtered during the festival each year, and that many are electrocuted, burned and skinned alive. Pictures posted online show flayed dogs, dogs hanging from meat hooks, and piles of dog corpses on the side of the road. In China dog meat is prized as a nutritious wintertime dish that doctors can prescribe to treat maladies such as impotence and poor …read more […]

    • Emily
      June 25, 2014 | 12:18 pm

      @French Bulldog Times — Sure. Chinese foetus soup and powdered foetus are more such recipes to ‘cure impotence’ apparently. All that is needed in an overcrowded part of the world like China, presumably!

  34. Kelly
    June 16, 2014 | 8:02 am

    If the people that embrace this festival think it’s so normal to inflict torture onto dogs, I say they sign up for the same exact treatment. Why don’t they get beaten to a pulp for extended periods of time while their buddies watch in horror and wait for their turn and then get skinned and boiled alive while everyone stands around laughing and joking. You know, it may just be possible that karma will turn them into these dogs when they are reincarnated. Culture as an excuse for torture is a joke. Sadly, these dogs get worse treatment than factory farmed animals which needs major improvement as well. However, I have to say that the dog meat industry is BY FAR, the most deplorable, demonic, sadistic, and torturous treatment of sentient beings that I have ever witnessed. It is extremely difficult to respect people who laugh while they torture animals. These cowards couldn’t endure the pain they put these helpless creatures through for one minute yet they laugh and defend it as culture. We’d have a bunch of screaming, crying, terrified “victims” on our hands if this happened to them yet it’s perfectly fine to torture these innocent animals. They are a bunch of cowards with no moral conscience.

    • Julia
      June 17, 2014 | 12:51 pm

      Couldn’t agree more….

  35. lynda brown
    June 11, 2014 | 10:53 pm

    If I hear one more word that it’s their CULTURE I’m going to scream!!! It should not be any culture in the WORLD to purposely torture, skin alive, beat or throw into a boiling pot because these ignorant subhumans thing the meat will taste better by torturing them WTF! Wake up people this 2014 we are NOT in the medevil times anymore. Torture of our animals should NOT be excepted anywhere in the world today!!!t

    • Reality Bytes
      June 20, 2014 | 5:05 am

      lynda you dumb cunt, do you know how veal comes about? the moment the calf exits its mothers womb the calf is slaughtered on the spot for freshness
      you do the same to sea life like clams and lobsters but they’re not pretty enough for you to give a Christian damn right? go fuck yourself

      • Denise
        June 20, 2014 | 9:03 am

        Hey reality bytes
        Stick your comment up your cunt!!!

        • Reality Bytes
          June 20, 2014 | 10:03 pm

          you are my cunt so spread open and get ready

          • Zayden
            July 2, 2014 | 11:28 am

            Profanity the refuge of the desperate. Please don’t eat my doggie! And yes I am vegan. You just need a platform to rant. Sad pathetic misogynist. Maybe if you had a dog you would get the attention you crave so badly.

    • grinderman
      June 21, 2014 | 3:00 pm

      erm linda do yourself a favour and go watch earthlings or meet your meat and then go and have a long hard think about the realisation that you and your loved ones contribute to a practice no less barbaric than this only on a universally much larger scale every day of every year and realise that you are no diferent but however you can accept it because you dont have to look at it

  36. lynda brown
    June 11, 2014 | 10:43 pm

    I have been signing and e-mailing for years to stop this barbaric trade, What the f–k is wrong with these sub-humans? when is this going to end? It’a beyond barbaric what they do all for a tasty meal? Dogs and cats are NOT meant to be eaten, no matter what their sick culture is! I hope everyday the subhumans that participate in this god for sakin evil act die of rabies, or something, I also condemn their government for allowing this. Money making greedy ass-s. That my take on this, I will never visit an Asian country until they stop this horrific trade along with the moon bile bear industry. They are digusting cruel people.!!!

    • Disgusted
      June 21, 2014 | 12:18 am

      I agree! Dogs and cats are NOT meant to be eaten. Period. Anyone who believes they are the same as a cow or pig is an idiot. This needs to stop. I will NEVER buy anything made in China again until the Chinese government makes dog and cat consumption illegal. It’s sad that the Chinese dog eaters are the ones who make their country look bad.

  37. Shushannah
    June 4, 2014 | 1:06 pm

    Dogs are not animals like pigs , chickens etc they are family pets .. No animal should go through such torture.. Hal al meat that’s a gross wAy of killing a animal but it’s there religion .. But DOGS are pets they are loving a mans best friend .. A nanny dog …. They are intelligent they all no what gonna happen next .. Even when tortured they will still give u the most love and kisses back coz they love human affection .. Then u do that to them for what reason a festival I bet half of them go to waste .. Poor mites .. Despise this it’s awful cruelty all those that take part should get sentenced u won’t do it again

  38. Lily
    April 27, 2014 | 5:34 pm

    Well, I look at dogs like any other animal. Cows, chicken, etc.
    I mean, dogs are probably more intelligent, but you can’t just tell Chinese people that they have to stop eating dogs.
    However, I think (and that’s not just for the dogs) that they should be slaughtered in a humane way. Immediate death, no pain, no torture. And no using the dead bodies for fun afterwards, these were alive animals, you cant just use their dead bodies to hang next to your door as some weird decoration.

    • Mikie V
      June 18, 2014 | 2:49 am

      Don’t forget that you are also an animal, Lily. Dogs are not livestock. They were selectively bred from wolves, to serve mankind from sniffing bombs to guarding your backyard. If you view all animals alike, I suppose you would be willing to kill any kind yourself. Would you just as soon club a beagle over the head as catch a fish? Probably not.

      • Reality Bytes
        June 20, 2014 | 5:07 am

        holy shit Mikie you are the dumbest cunt on this board if you think labeling cows as livestock permits you to give them the same treatment as those in the story do dogs….how on earth do you get out of bed without hurting your head in the mornings? or do you?

    • Emily
      June 25, 2014 | 12:22 pm

      @Lily — You obviously never had a dog or “any other animal” of your own, clearly! As to slaughtering : let those butchers try their ghastly ‘methods’ on themselves first, I say!

  39. Hailey
    February 22, 2014 | 11:49 am

    poor dogs! why torture its so cruel those stupid neglecters i love animals!!!!!!!!!!!

  40. Anup
    December 31, 2013 | 5:47 am

    One can justify any animal killing if he/she also practice cannibalism on his/her own race instead of being hypocrite by showing compassion only for some animals and not for the entire animal world. So in that context the only true human being is one who practices vegetarianism.

    • magz
      June 21, 2014 | 6:49 pm

      Morons like you make me want to scream .ONCE AGAIN MORON , DOGS ARE NOT ”FOOD” FOR HUMANS. DOGS DO SO MANY WONDERFUL THINGS FOR HUMANS THAT ABSOLUTELY NO OTHER ANIMAL CAN DO SO STOP WITH ALL YOUR BULLSHIT OK .

  41. Pat
    December 26, 2013 | 6:02 pm

    I love dogs and don’t like the ways they were treated and killed for meat in China. However, I suspect the first photo was somewhat set up to me. It looks like the lovely poodle was kept in a basket hung on the front of a bicycle by its owner and was not part of dogs to be killed for meat as described in the photo legend. Such dogs would be kept in cages.

  42. 100penyamun
    August 8, 2013 | 8:35 am

    It’s so funny. Are you proud of your self destroying other people tradition just because you don’t like it? What if this is one of your tradition? Man you all better wake up the world is big you even treat your pet more than human. You brought your pets for treatment but have you ever care one bit about homeless people? Did you ever consider wasting your money on them instead helping homeless people ain’t you? You speak about humanity did you have one?

    • Gina
      April 17, 2014 | 7:33 pm

      No, cannibalism and head shrinking were traditions so that argument is meaningless. What matters is not even the choice of food which is just a difference of cultures. Deliberate, sustained cruelty, however, systematically imposed with the intention of inflicting the greatest suffering, whether towards animals or people cannot be excused. I repeat, towards animals or people. I get so tired of people who excuse being a sick sadistic moron on the grounds that anyone who objects should only spend their energy caring about humans. We should treat both with humanity. At Yulin and in the dog and cat meat trade generally, they don’t know the meaning of the word.

    • Denise
      June 12, 2014 | 9:11 am

      Your a pathetic human being to be OK with torturing and killing dogs. Who cares about tradition or culture or festivals when you’re doing the devils work on lovable defenseless dogs. You people are all horrible monsters and dooms day is coming to all you Evil bastards!!!!

      • Reality Bytes
        June 20, 2014 | 5:14 am

        hey cunt i hope you’re a vegan cause honey american cattle and poultry are treated inhumanely simply to feed your already fat gut you gluttonous shrew

        • Disgusted
          June 21, 2014 | 12:24 am

          Reality bytes, get over yourself. Shut up already. Are you seriously stupid? Or just an idiot? Again, dogs ARE not the same as a chicken or a cow. People who condone dog eating are psychopaths.

          • grinderman
            June 21, 2014 | 3:11 pm

            disgusetd who says cows are not the same as dogs?it seems like your the stupid one.have you ever met a cow?a horse a pig?i have all of thme and dogs and they are all the same.they all love and want to be loved.they all feel pain as you do.wake the fuck up and stop being so ignorant and arrogant.admit the fact that you are a part of an industry far more fuuckin fucked up than this one.50 BILLION land animals killed e very year for your hypocritical selves to get fat

          • Zayden
            July 2, 2014 | 11:37 am

            Agreed. So is female circumcision. Reality bytes needs a platform to spew Christian loathing. I encounter this every time I oppose Yulin. Funny how 95% of my protests are against American animal abuse yet I still encounter such idiocy every time I speak up against Yulin. Me thinks reality bytes is a secret doggie eater ;)

    • Mikie V
      June 18, 2014 | 2:54 am

      Just because it’s a tradition, does not make it right? A Pakistani woman was recently beaten to death for avoiding an arranged marriage with her cousin in a so-called honor killing. Should that tradition be shunned? Just leave those Pakistanis alone?

      • Reality Bytes
        June 20, 2014 | 5:16 am

        beating and killing woman is not a tradition you dumb fuck were it than the family wouldn’t be behind bars

        • Disgusted
          June 21, 2014 | 12:36 am

          Actually dumb fuck, honour killings is considered a tradition in certain countries. Again, shut up you heartless, cold excuse of a human being.

          • Emily
            June 25, 2014 | 12:24 pm

            @’Disgusted’ — Agreed!

          • Zayden
            July 2, 2014 | 11:34 am

            Agreed. So is female circumcision. Reality bytes needs a platform to spew Christian loathing. I encounter this every time I oppose Yulin. Funny how 95% of my protests are against American animal abuse yet I still encounter such idiocy every time I speak up against Yulin. Me thinks reality bytes is a secret doggie eater ;)

    • Disgusted
      June 20, 2014 | 11:35 pm

      Tradition? Really? Torturing helpless little dogs is not a tradition to be proud of. You need to wake up. Humans are not innocent. Dogs however, are. Yes, you’re damn right I’ll save a dog any day before I will save a homeless bum who refuses to work.

  43. MMatthews
    August 2, 2013 | 3:25 pm

    These pieces of EXCREMENT want to lead the world in finance and business. Yet they continue to allow these culinary ‘cultural’ events to take place. Of course they haven’t any human rights, so why should they consider any protection for animals. Just slit their throats, skin ‘em and eat ‘em. WTF!

    Years ago someone told me that the farther east you travel the less value on life, of any kind. This was never more evident or true than now. Just for the record, I am vegan.

  44. Dennis Creighton
    June 21, 2013 | 10:26 pm

    I think that with a population of 1.344 billion, China does need to worry about impotence.

  45. Wanda
    June 21, 2013 | 9:38 pm

    I hope they all rot in hell.

    • Hailey
      February 22, 2014 | 11:50 am

      the animals or neglecters???

  46. Nina
    June 21, 2013 | 5:23 pm

    The animals were not created to be eaten by humans. These are humans who have decided to do it. The first men were fruitarian. The men began to eat animal flesh because they have learned to cook it. We are facing a terrible animal genocide! Our humanity is not human, it is barbarian! I am sorry for my English who is not very at the point. I am French and I never eat the flesh of the animals. I think of all these poor souls of Yuling. Dogs are creatures affectionate that God entrusted to us to accompany our roads sometimes so difficult. God will not forgive that the men destroy his creation!

    • Debbie
      June 25, 2013 | 5:34 pm

      Nina you are so RIGHT! I was told that God created Dogs to honor us as we are to honor our heavenly father. AND OBVIOUSLY Humans do a much more horrible job at it than our four paw counterparts. And we were not created to eat meat. Our bodies were meant for grains and fruit/veggies. What a mess of a world we live in. Even if meat was ok and meant for us…we are still sinning due to be Gluttons. Can only pray for those scared animals being tortured that God will hold onto them through it all.

      • lee77
        June 24, 2014 | 9:42 am

        Whoever told you “God created dogs” is delusional. God did not create dogs, they were created by man from wolves. God, or nature, created animals to live in harmony in a natural ecosystem, dogs are the sadistic serial killers and mass murderers of the animal kingdom. Unlike the wolves from which dogs are descended that kill only for food or out of fear, dogs chase down and kill other animals solely for the fun of chasing and killing and, as such, have no place in the natural order of things. Anyone who loves dogs, hates natures. Additionally, unlike natural creatures, dogs have filthy, disgusting habits. For example, dogs are the only mammals on earth besides pigs and rats that eat human excrement and even pigs and rats won’t eat it unless they’re starving, but dogs lap it up like ice cream. If you want to know what God thinks of dogs, read Rev. 22:15.

        • Zayden
          July 2, 2014 | 11:43 am

          Why are you in this site? To spew dog hate? Plenty of FB pages to do that. This dissuasion is about Yulin not your anti dog rants. I believe in evolution so no, god did not create dogs. Sorry you miss out on their unconditional love.

  47. Marian Bonanno
    June 21, 2013 | 4:39 pm

    This is DISGUSTING. These animals would give their lives for YOU instead you take THEIRS and you steal beloved pets because you know no shame. Over here,you would ALL be in jail. THis makes you the loawest of the animals. I would never visit China because of this practice. It broke my heart.

    • Kathleen Jeffery
      June 21, 2013 | 6:00 pm

      I know my dog was taken by a neighbor and I went over there to get her and they said Oh she is so beautiful “Do you want to sell her?” NO NO NO was the answer!!! Then I had an emergency and my Ex was to take care of her and her daughter, my two babies, I was 200 miles away and my EX calls I’m sorry I can’t find Bambi, OMG I was home as quick as I could. I searched everywhere I went down alleys and went into abandoned homes and ran into some real thugs! But guess what, even these drug dealing thugs have more heart than those bastards in China, They dropped everything and started helping in my search! This neighbor had her but wouldn’t answer, I had a pic of my dog and one of the guys climbed up on the back fence which was all straight boards and said “I see her, she’s in the corner cowering and about 8 other dogs all around her in the hot sun!!!” I actually went to the front and almost drove my car thru, I started yelling and honking and telling them I was about ready to call the police! Suddenly a man comes out holding my baby by the back of her neck “Here here she is, I was going to bring her to you!!” I told him “Yah right, if ever you take her again you will be the sorriest person in this world” and with these gang members standing behind me he never took her again!!!! My baby was so shook up “fighting the other dogs and her little paws all burnt, I cleaned her and actually carried her for 3 days until she finally could walk again” So I never buy anything anymore that says “MADE IN CHINA” I will never go there and they all should have a taste of their own medicine!!! I say an eye for an eye!!!! Or at least stuff a bunch of them in a small cage and let them wonder if there next!!!!

      • Hailey
        February 22, 2014 | 11:52 am

        china stuff
        is bad for dogs and sorry for your dog

    • grinderman
      June 22, 2014 | 10:49 am

      well i wouldnt visit america because they torture and kill more animals than any country in the world.dumb fuckin americans spout so much shit.you areb all deludedµ…..cant believe i actually read people saying dogs are almost human.pigs are the closest things to humans you ignorant fucks and who says some people dont have pigs as pets.god help us.thank the heavens american empire is collapsing.dumb reprobate cnn watching cunt;s

      • Emily
        June 25, 2014 | 12:29 pm

        @grinderman — What a nice and pleasant person you must be! Ever went to school to learn how to talk and be polite?…Hope so(can’t have been a very good school, all the same. Very rude and incoherent pupils!).

      • Zayden
        July 2, 2014 | 11:55 am

        Sorry I’m white!! Happy now? 95% of my protests are against Americans. Doesn’t mean I can not oppose Yulin or dog and car meat trade. Try to make a cogent argument without resorting to profanity and misogyny

  48. Joanne Wilsey
    June 21, 2013 | 2:30 pm

    Let’s stop the abuse and cruel treatment of all defenseless and innocent animals as a testament to our HUMANITY.

  49. Rhonda
    June 21, 2013 | 1:02 pm

    Jason and Shelby this is 2013! Get a clue. Just because they have been doing this for years does NOT make it okay. It’s cruel, barbaric and completly ignorant for a doctor to prescribe eating a tortured dog to cure impotence and poor circulation. I hope every one of these idiots who eat these poor babies get sick and suffer as much pain and fear of dying as the dogs do.

    • Kathleen Jeffery
      June 21, 2013 | 5:42 pm

      Exactly!!! I totally agree!! These people have hearts of stone!!! I can’t bear it seeing them all bunched in cages or laying there slowly dying after having all there skin ripped off!! How did these doctors even start this prescription. STUPID STUPID

    • Hailey
      February 22, 2014 | 11:57 am

      im on your side i agree with youthose people are made of hell

  50. Linda Gilligan
    June 21, 2013 | 12:02 pm

    You bunch of sick Bastards!!!!! If you can harm an animal, you surely can harm a child or adult…..Hope you all rot in hell!

    • Hailey
      February 22, 2014 | 11:56 am

      we arent the ones neglecting people in china are and we arent bazzards that is rude but please nobody should neglect animals its so sad

  51. Doris
    June 21, 2013 | 10:55 am

    Who does this!

  52. krystal
    June 21, 2013 | 10:46 am

    This has to BE STOP …. HOW CAN WE STOP THIS THEY ARE ASSHOLES . WHAT CAN WE DO THIS CANT BE THEY R PETS NOT FOOD .

  53. Jason
    June 21, 2013 | 4:54 am

    And what about the slaughter of pigs, cows, and chickens? Why are dogs sacrosanct but not pigs? Americans are hypocritical to think that their affections for SOME animals are some how equivalent to a kind of ‘animal rights’.

    If you really want to stop the slaughter of emotional being like dogs, go vegetarian! Otherwise, you’re a hypocrite.

    • joni Pickering
      June 21, 2013 | 9:33 am

      These are STOLEN PETS… there is a big difference here. Cows,pigs,etc are raised to feed humans. AND if the farm/company is following the law then these animals are not tortured. Some of these dogs had families.

      • karen
        June 25, 2013 | 5:40 pm

        remember everyday in all the world all animals being butchered , killed, going extinct, the chinese are now moving into usa in droves, I dislike these celebrations of death, in usa daily millions of animals killed in slaughterhouses, pounds, etc etc, war, cruelty, people killing each other— this is a beautiful planet and man is the worse creature on it, the history of man on earth is one of endless brutality and war and killing,
        these celebrations of ritual death are sick! poor dogs and cats been used in labs and other cruel forms of torture, koreans eat each other, chinese eat anything they bred like rats and even eat rats, there’s billions of them
        and u better hope they don’t turn on you! very cruel culture just study their history they killed each other by the friging millions!
        i hope they choke

    • Heather
      June 21, 2013 | 9:38 am

      You make a good point Jason. While I’m definitely an animal lover, I love steak way too much to become a vegitarian. I do, however, make sure that any animal products I consume were raised/killed in safe and ethical ways. I eat cage-free eggs/chicken products. The beef I eat is from private farms where the cows are not raised in mud-pits but in open pastures. When they are killed, I know they are not tortured and no one gets enjoyment or celebrates their death as the people of Yulin appear to do during their festival.

      You can be in support of the ethical treatment of animals (ie: not torturing them, skinning them alive, etc) and still consume them. That to me is not being hypocritical.

      • Laura
        June 21, 2013 | 11:13 am

        Well said. I agree completely. The traditional eating of dogs is one thing. The stealing of family pets, torturing the animals to death, and no regulations regarding health is immoral, unethical and places the entire planet in danger of a pandemic.

        • Kathleen Jeffery
          June 21, 2013 | 5:34 pm

          So true!! I could not even imagine the pain these poor animals feel physically and mentally! I know my Dogs and I do scold them, but never ever lay a finger on them and they are the most loyal, protecting and loving pets ever. When ever I go to an appt. I have to tell them and assure them I will be back. When I return they actually wait quietly for me to come in and be settled and then my German Shep actually stands up and throws those huge paws around me. The other dog a chihuahua patiently waits for me to pick her up. If I leave in a hurry and don’t tell them, when I come home they actually cry and try to get to me as soon as I open the door. So I know they are wondering as they wait to be killed so horribly and they see the other ones go thru hell as they die so painfully that “WHY, what did I do to deserve this?” So So Sad!!!!!!

      • LoopInf
        June 12, 2014 | 12:02 am

        You’re still an hypocrite. Or do you think all those dead bodies you ingested during your lifetime wanted to be killed. Meat is murder. And who says a pig or cow is less worth than a dog. And eating meat is disastrous for the planet. It takes ten times more space and energy to produce meat than plant food. By eating meat you are killing sentient beings, destroying the environment and make food in general more expensive, thus poor people have to suffer hunger just because some like to eat dead bodies. You’re more hypocrite actually than the Chinese. At least, they don’t glorify and make some animals holy. If you really want to set an example and stop what the chinese are doing with animals in general, stop being an hypocrite and be vegan/vegetarian. Otherwise you’re just a clown in their eyes “oh, those poor pooches… Now let’s have some dead cow for dinner”

      • grinderman
        June 22, 2014 | 10:55 am

        heather your deluded.that steak will kill you bu way of cancer in your bowels.and if you honestly think all your animals were killed humanely then you are an idiot or in denial or most probably both.just another hypocrite.if i kill your dog humanely is that ok?i mean what is humane killing anyway?you poor people.your steak will have its revenge because your body cant take cooked meat or any meat for that matter.i dare you to go seacrh and prove me wrong.hyou cant.i love cows therefore you are my enemy as much as these dog killers.one day maybe someone can feed you to the pigs

    • Steve
      June 21, 2013 | 10:48 am

      Dogs have been by man’s side for over 10,000 years! They helped us evolve! We all owe the respect!

    • Shelby
      June 21, 2013 | 11:22 am

      I agree with you Jason. I love dogs, but all animals are animals.
      We have to also consider this practice as a cultural difference and should not condemn the traditional aspect of it. Sanitation is a problem and public slaughter should be done away with. Anthropologically, people should consider to not be biased towards different cultural practices. In North America we kill and eat many different animals, while other places kill and eat horse, cat, and baby animals.

      It is a very difficult thing to not challenge especially when one aspect of our culture prizes and loves a particular aspect such as dogs.

    • Karene
      June 21, 2013 | 12:27 pm

      Jason…..while I understand what you are sating…..as stated before, the majority of these dogs are stolen…..I personally have adopted a Meat Trade Dog – who is 11 years old – had a collar on him when the smugglers stole him from his home…He will be with me in 10 days….I have waited 3 months for him to arrive from Thailand to the US And yes, many are strays…but the point is….why beat and torture these animals, skin them alive, throw them into boiling vats of water still alive, as they try to crawl out….so basically I see see where you are sympathetic to this uncalled for cruelty…..and if you support this – then you are the hypocrite! How many petitions have you signed to stop any of this – even with cows, pigs…chickens? I have signed all of them….I feel you actually don’t care about any of the animals, as I don;t see any compassion in your statement….so don’t judge others for their compassion when it comes to utter abuse and cruelty. Do you have a dog or a cat? If you do…hold them close and be thankful they are not going to be someone’s meal!

    • karen
      June 25, 2013 | 5:55 pm

      the chinese only saving grace was their panda program I am sure there are some great chinese people but the majority appears to be totally void of compassion

    • Madison Ostermeier
      June 28, 2013 | 11:35 pm

      Who says people aren’t doing this? I am. I am sad for every animal that is hurt, tortured, killed, eaten, etc. I even say a small prayer in my head when I notice that I’ve stepped on an ant, or have to kill a flea in order to keep my pets and my family safer – no bites, worms, etc. So, you’re not alone.

      • Brandy from Va
        July 3, 2013 | 6:32 am

        Jason is 100% correct!! YOU ARE A HYPOCRITE if you believe that the murder of one animal is any different than the next. China eats dog/cat meat the same way Americans eat cow/chicken meat, so what is the difference? Please explain!

        If it makes you feel better that you consume murdered animals by saying that it is not the same because the dogs in China are ‘stolen’… that’s pure BS! There is NO WAY that they are ALL stolen and would this act be acceptable to you if they were ‘free range’ dogs or raised on ‘organic feed’???

        I can say that I AM a TRUE animal lover because I use/consume NOTHING that contains any ingredient that comes from ANY animal, that is a TRUE animal lover. You ‘love steak’ too much to become vegetarian but you use ‘organic’ products? Why waste your money saving animals in lab studies and all the while slaughter a cow for your steak? Makes no logical sense!

        For those that want to know where these ‘free range’ ‘no antibiotic use’ atmospheres are that you pay extra money for at your local grocer… check out the undercover videos that PETA.ORG has on their website and after you watch one of the videos and see the barbaric acts of neglect/torture/rape/abuse/murder that these animals suffer tell me if you are still able to enjoy your steak so much! Anyone with an ounce of compassion would find it impossible. If you cannot stomach the videos then read about how farm animals are riddled with diseases of the flesh/organs and are pumped full of antibiotics to keep them alive, antibiotics that the meat eater then consumes… or how chickens are injected with growth hormones so often to be mass produced that their legs do not grow as fast as their bodies and they cannot support their own weight!

        DO NOT tell people you are an animal lover when you are cooking your steak on the grill or washing your hair with products that have blinded rabbits.

        No, I am not being self righteous here… I am making a point! I am sharing my deep empathy/compassion for ALL animals!

        • LoopInf
          June 12, 2014 | 12:05 am

          I 100% agree with you!

        • Tammy
          June 17, 2014 | 1:26 pm

          you said please explain what different .. you dumb… did God said allowed to eat ??? chinese is wrong to eat dog or cat… chinese is sicko wrong and wrong tradition.. God did not said it..so mean you said it.. smh smh dumb ass sound like you sicko too…

          • grinderman
            June 22, 2014 | 11:01 am

            tammy your message makes no sense.are you saying god said you can eat animals bbut not dogs?god said all animals were under our supervision and we were to take care of them and we were to eat seed bearing plants.since you want to talk about god open your bible you silly fool.all animals have feelings and are capable of critical thinking.dogs are not more intelligent than most farm animals.they all deserve respect.the person above spoke coomplete sense and you revert to call him names.your an ass

    • Val
      July 22, 2013 | 12:50 pm

      This is right up there with Aztecs sacrificing humans! Dogs are man’s Best friend Not “What’s For Dinner?” This is a worldwide outrage under the guise of cultural event. This needs to Stop NOW! We are to be caretakers of animals not cannibals! There is absolutely despicable and cruel to these pets.
      The Aztec culture collapsed from the inside out and so will China if they continue with their cruelty. The Whole world needs to Stop this inhumane practice.

    • Hailey
      February 22, 2014 | 11:54 am

      your right people are so mean neglecting how rude why not slaughter one fish and thats enough its just so cruel why eat and slaughter dogs cats lizards fish and other animals why???

      • Francis Garcia
        June 21, 2014 | 8:21 am

        There they seriuoslly need to stop that is just horrible and….. Everything has feelings from the slightest worm to the biggest animal and it includes dogs please post repost and put this article everywhere on Facebook Instagram and twitter every site that is known by everyone that is a social media site than it needs to be posted on there…have they ever considered that if they still dogs than they might be eating one of their own dogs or do they just not care

      • Francis Garcia
        June 21, 2014 | 8:22 am

        There they seriuoslly need to stop that is just horrible and….. Everything has feelings from the slightest worm to the biggest animal and it includes dogs please post repost and put this article everywhere on Facebook Instagram and twitter every site that is known by everyone that is a social media site than it needs to be posted on there…have they ever considered that if they still dogs than they might be one of their own dogs or do they just not care maybe if enough people say something then they will stop the nastyness

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