By: The Staff Reporters of Georgia Weekly Post
Dog meat eating in China is known and practiced for thousands of years.
Many asians around the world including Korea, India and China still eat dog meat, Georgia Weekly Post was informed, some is imported to the US including Georgia for local consumption.
China's population is facing international criticism and protest by animal humane groups and strong warnings by the central government. During hosting World Cup, South Korea faced criticism by international visitors and media.
This year in China, Korea, or India there was no change of attitude.
▲Populations of China, Korea, India and Vietnam are facing international criticism and protest by animal humane groups and warnings from their own governments. Some is imported to the United states including the State of Georgia.
During the summer Olympics, the government of China have forbidden local restaurants from offering or serving dog meat. The Yulin Dog Meat Festival, which takes place in China every year during the summer solstice, is a gruesome event where residents eat the meat from stray dogs.
This year's festival went on as planned, despite many local animal rights activists world wide, taking to the streets to protest the cruel and inhumane event in China.
It is estimated that 10,000 dogs are killed every year to supply the Chinese dog meat trade. It is known, some are exported to and sold in the US.
Few of those dogs that were destined for the slaughterhouse survived thanks to one incredible chinese activist.
Dr. Peter Li, Humane Society International's China specialist, rescued two puppies from a cage on the back of a motorcycle.
The dogs were being brought to the trading market, but Li stepped in and offered to buy the dogs from a restaurant owner.
Though the animal rescuer wanted to save all of the dogs, Li focused on the two puppies and knew that if he could bring these dogs to safety, his mission would be a success.
"They were like furballs. I could not imagine that they were brought to the live dog market," wrote Dr. Peter Li on his Facebook "How could we slaughter puppies and eat them? Once we held them in our arms, they were so quiet, as if they knew they were in good and loving hands."
Li brought the dogs to a boarding facility run by an animal lover and checked on their condition daily. They were examined by a vet, and Li went all the way to the city of Nanning to get vaccination certificates for the dogs. Li eventually made it to Bejing with the puppies.
The dogs, named Scout and Colby, have now found loving homes. Scout was brought over to the U.S. and adopted by Leslie Barcus, and animal lover and Humane Society International's board member. Barcus has two other dogs and that Scout is "getting lessons in american style dogness."
Li decided to take in Colby and will give the dog- who escaped a truly tragic fate-an amazing new life.
The Humane Society is campaigning to end the dog meat trade worldwide including China.
Hopefully every animal lover gets behind the effort so that innocent, sweet dogs like Colby and Scout can have the lives they deserve.
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 and cultures, begins every summer.
Examining such unpopular tradition in Yulin, China , summer solstice marks the coming of the hottest days for the Chinese city. The remote, woody city celebrates the astronomical event—this year, June 21 in the Northern Hemisphere - with its annual dog eating festival. The local tradition reportedly began in the 1990's, but the local practice of eating dog meat outdates written history.
According to Chinese lore, eating dog meat stimulates internal heat, making it a food that wards off winters’ cold. But on this inaugural day of summer, it’s a superstition that’s driving dog consumption: the meat is believed to bring good luck and health.
At the festival, hotpots are fired up, lychees peeled and liquors poured. Animal activists estimate over 10,000 dogs are killed for the festival, according to Chinese government’s English-language daily publication.
In 2011, Chinese authorities banned the Jinhua Hutou Dog Meat Festival after a widespread social media campaign launched by animal rights activists. The 600-year tradition, held annually in September, commemorated a fourteenth-century battle victory when a rebel leader ordered dogs in Jinhua to be slaughtered because their barking warned the city of his army’s approach.
In contrast, the Yulin Municipal People’s Government issued a statement last month in response to the social media outrage, stating that while locals in recent years have hosted small gatherings to consume dog meat and lychees, a widespread festival for these activities has never existed.
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