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China Cancels Dog-Meat Festival

Written by PETA | September 30, 2011

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.


Damhyojung | cc by 2.0

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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Written by Michelle Sherrow

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  • Seth says:

    It’s terrible that because of American activists, China is willingly submitting to the homogenization of it’s culture. The Jinhua festival dates back nearly 600 years, and is an historic event that is very anthropologically important.

    • Casey says:

      You have no heart. What if that was your dog getting skinned and killed? You probably just dont care because your heartless. You need to look into things buddy. Traditions or what I call plain evil, are finally being realized for what they are.

  • Eve Shooter says:

    This festival has NOT been cancelled. It’s reported that the dogs will be slaughtered behind closed doors instead of streets and it is planned to go ahead. Please do something!

  • Eve Shooter says:

    This festival is still going ahead but the dogs will be slaughtered behind closed doors and not in the street. This is appalling and needs to be stopped.

  • samantha says:

    i wnna thank everyone who helped!!!!!! :)

  • keith says:

    Lets hope the Chinese Gov. can end the abuse of skinning animals alive for fur. One disturbing article appearing in many western daily newspapers today (04/11) is the skinning alive of Raccoon Dogs to make counterfeit Ugg Boots. I have emailed the company in Aus. to see if they can bring about measures to help end the barbarity.

  • mumjulie says:

    Did you hear about the Australian Live Export Trade and how the animals are treated when they reach Indonesian Abbotoirs?. The long trip is bad enough. Most people were outraged and asked the Government to stop Live Exports but the Australian Government still allows the Live Exports.

  • AsianDogLover<3 says:

    Thank God that this festival was canceled! I can’t believe that people still ate poor innocent dogs :(. I own two dogs myself, so I can’t even imagine killing one and eating it! How gross! But this is a start to a change in the world, animals have thoughts and feelings as well. Thanks so much for the authorities who made this possible! This is another step for creating peace for animals all around the world :)

  • AsianDogLover<3 says:

    Thank God that this festival was canceled! I can’t believe that people still ate poor innocent dogs :(. I own two dogs myself, so I can’t even imagine killing one and eating it! How gross! But this is a start to a change in the world, animals have thoughts and feelings as well. Thanks so much for the authorities who made this possible! This is another step for creating peace for animals all around the world :)

  • SavannahRonc says:

    Thank the lord. Hopefully soon all this will come to an end. Now something should be done about animal experimenting.

  • sweetchloe says:

    Thank goodness! What a disgusting and cruel “festival”!!! However, like PETA mentions in the article, similar things are happening to animals all of the world in factory farms and sadly, most people are either unaware of this or choose to ignore it to satisfy their craving for meat, eggs, dairy. All lives are equally valuable; this being done to a dog is just as horrible as this being done to a cow, pig, chicken, etc. People usually relate to dogs better as many live with dogs as companion animals. All violence, torture and cruelty needs to be done away with – live peacefully, live vegan :)

  • jaysen says:

    the shark add is great!i myself and my family are not vegitarian,or vegan…but we do own dogS,a cat and some hamsters,do not hunt,and practice catch and release fishing with our kids..as a whole we really appretiate what you guys do as far animal treatment and conservation…thank you,keep up the great work!

  • Spider Woman says:

    This is a great day for animal rights activists and the chinese dogs! Thousand thanks to the chinese authorities who made this possible – and to everybody involved! This is a great step forward to make this world a better place! Everybody has to follow this wonderful example! Let all the animals live around the globe – and this world shall become paradise!

  • Ανγ says:

    THANK GOD!!:):).

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