Yulin must be next in line to end their dog meat trade

Despite the fact the COVID-19 pandemic originated from a live animal market, the 2020 Yulin Dog Meat Festival still went ahead on 21 June.

Earlier this year we applauded as the cities of Shenzhen and Zhuhai became the first in mainland China to ban the consumption of dog and cat meat, and we welcomed the Chinese government’s confirmation that dogs are companions, not livestock.

Opinion polling across the country shows that most of the population of China do not consume dog or cat meat. It is especially important now to shut down the trade since COVID-19 is still ravaging China and the world.

It's time for Yulin to become the next city in the country to make the progressive decision to ban the dog and cat meat trade.

Fill in your details below to ask Ambassador CHENG Jingye to end the slaughter once and for all.


Ambassador CHENG Jingye, please end the Yulin dog meat festival and China's dog and cat meat trade

Dear Ambassador CHENG Jingye,

I respectfully urge you to shut down the mass slaughter and consumption of dogs and cats for the annual Yulin dog meat “festival” held in June, and to end the dog and cat meat trade altogether since it is such a dangerous breeding ground for pandemics.

A growing number of people in China care deeply about the welfare and safety of their pet dogs and cats. The booming pet care industry is good for the local economy, animal welfare and China’s global reputation. However, still every year across the country millions of dogs and cats, many of them stolen pets, are brutally slaughtered for their meat. These animals suffer enormously – packed tightly together in tiny cages and driven for days without food or water on long journeys across the country, only to be beaten to death in front of each other.  

In addition to these serious animal welfare issues, the mass transport and consumption of dogs also threatens public health and safety—as we have seen with the COVID-19 pandemic. The World Health Organization has acknowledged the risk to public health posed by the dog meat trade specifically.

Shenzhen and Zhuhai were among the first in mainland China to ban the consumption of dog and cat meat and the Chinese government recently confirmed that dogs are companions, not livestock. I am urging you to make Yulin the next city to end this cruel trade. Please pass our calls on to Mr. Lu Xinshe, Party Secretary of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region because most people in China oppose it, and the dog and cat meat trade is tarnishing China’s reputation.

I stand in solidarity with the millions of people in China, across Asia, and around the world who want to see China take a leading role in ending this suffering. I urge you to take firm action to end the Yulin festival and the year-round dog and cat meat trade once and for all.  

Yours sincerely,

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