It Happened: Controversial Yulin Dog Eating Festival Held Early To Avoid Attention [UPDATED]Posted: 06/19/2014 10:10 am
UPDATE 7:06pm June 22: The Yulin Summer Solstice Dog Eating Festival did in fact take place on June 21; please see here for our report.
We’ve been duped. The infamous Yulin dog-eating festival wasn’t cancelled, it was just moved up. Traditionally held on the summer solstice in Yulin, the date was quietly changed to dodge media coverage and outrage by Chinese and international critics, reports The Guardian.
State media reported some Yulin residents gathering last weekend to eat lychee and dog meat in order to celebrate the summer solstice, even though the longest day of the year isn’t until June 21. They had reportedly done so in order to avoid attention for eating dog meat, a contentious issue raised by animal activists as well as average Chinese citizens who are pet owners.
Animal activists allege that the event is a public health risk because the dogs are not properly quarantined, but instead are stray dogs caught off the street.
The local government has distanced itself from the festival, but passed on several directives to residents.
Yulin restaurants were ordered to remove the character for “dog” from signs and menus and to refrain from slaughtering dogs or display cooked dog meat in public places. Furthermore, an order that health care workers aren’t allowed to consume dog meat in public has been revealed to encapsulate all local public servants.
The eating of dogs is not illegal in China.
For something that happened last week, the Chinese media has not extensively covered the rescheduling of the Yulin festival. The campaign against the dog eating festival continues in China with posts like this one on Weibo that believe the event is still on for June 21.
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Photos: Baidu cache