Sunday, June 16, 2013
Say No to Dog Meat
This little kitty is helping its canine friends and urging all to be aware of the Yulin, Guangxi "Dog Meat Festival".
One protester described what he had seen at previous festivals:
"I've seen the dogs being stabbed, strangled and even beaten into comas and thrown into boiling water. Some dogs woke up in the extremely hot water and they struggled, but the vendors kept pushing them, plucking their fur." [Source]
Let's put an end to this bloody celebration by pressuring the relevant authorities and Chinese Govt to take action. It is possible. In 2011, officials cancelled the annual festival following protests by thousands of animal rights advocates. It was a wonderful move by the Chinese government.
Come 2013, let's hope we can garner enough people to petition against this. This year's event is supposedly to be held on 21 June 2013.
I knew of this cause via @michsymmonsgold and @saynotodogmeat first on Instagram, then on http://notodogmeat.com. In addition, I just took the pledge here: http://www.causes.com/actions/1754709-stop-the-yulin-dog-meat-eating-festival-june-2013
I believe in the power of social media. Would you spare a few moments to do something too?
I'm not a vegan. I'm not a saint. I do eat meat and I love certain meat. However, I believe that animals reared for consumption and animals reared for pets are two different issues. Also, I believe that if humans were to kill animals for food, it should be done in a humane and fast manner. As much as I feel a lot for pet animals, I'm not condemning certain countries for eating dog meat, cat meat and exotic meat. I'm condemning the act of eating strays on the street, pets which are robbed from their owners and animals on the verge of endangerment or extinction. I'm also condemning the act of brutality to the animals before their final death.
There are also many countries in the world which ill-treat the farm animals reared for consumption just before slaughtering them for food. Such acts should be condemned too. It is unfortunate that most of the times, we do not know if our meat is cruelty-free.
What do you meat-eaters think about this fine line?