Written by PETA
Thank you, China! In a move that breaks with a tradition
reportedly going back 600 years—when
dogs barked, giving away the army's position—officials have canceled an annual Chinese festival in which 5,000 to 10,000 dogs are killed and eaten on the
streets of Jinhua City. The cancellation follows protests by thousands of
animal rights advocates. This is a wonderful move by the Chinese government, and we
hope to see many more compassionate decisions like this in the years ahead.
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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."
If this sounds horrifying, bear in mind that animals by the
billions meet similar fates in American slaughterhouses every year. Improperly
stunned cows, turkeys, pigs, and chickens have their throats cut while they are still conscious. The beating and intentional abuse of
animals by farm workers is rampant. And pigs, chickens, and
turkeys are often still alive when they are dunked into tanks of scalding-hot
water to remove their hair and feathers.
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animals from painful slaughter.
Written by Michelle Sherrow
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