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DEMAND China Stop Yulin Dog Meat Festival AND End the dog/cat meat trade!!

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Condemning the Dog Meat Festival in Yulin, China, and urging China to end the dog meat trade.
Whereas the Dog Meat Festival in Yulin, China, was launched by dog meat traders during the period of 2009 to 2010 as a commercial enterprise to boost flagging sales of dog meat;

Whereas a reported 10,000 dogs are captured and slaughtered each year for the Dog Meat Festival, and more than 10,000,000 dogs are killed in China each year for the dog meat trade;

Whereas many of these dogs are stolen pets, still wearing collars when they reach the slaughterhouses;
Whereas many dogs die during transport to the slaughterhouses after days or weeks without food or water, and others suffer illness and injury during transport, such as broken bones;

Whereas dogs who reach the slaughterhouses are typically beaten to death with shocking brutality, without any regard for their welfare;
Whereas these dogs also suffer mentally from watching other dogs being killed, then disemboweled and blow-torched in front of them;
Whereas respected animal welfare organizations have exposed the extreme suffering of dogs at the Dog Meat Festival and determined that such suffering would breach the animal welfare laws of the United States;

Whereas dog slaughter in Yulin happens in residential areas and public marketplaces, imposing scenes of extreme animal cruelty on local residents, including young children who may, as a result, suffer psychological trauma and desensitization;

Whereas the dog meat trade-- the capture, transport, and butchering of dogs and the consumption of dog meat-- poses a risk to human health by exposing people to a multitude of diseases, including rabies and cholera;
Whereas dog meat traders sell meat from dogs who have died of poisoning by dog thieves or unknown causes or who have been slaughtered without the required vaccination and health records;
Whereas the dog meat trade breaches China's food safety laws and regulations that ban processing and selling meat from livestock who have died of illnesses or unknown causes;

Whereas, in 2011, China's Agriculture Ministry issued a regulation to limit the illegal transport of dogs by requiring one certificate for one dog, applicable to any dog who is shipped across provincial boundaries;
Whereas dog transporters are unable to produce one certificate for one dog because many of the animals are stolen pets or the certificates are too costly to provide;

Whereas, although the Yulin city government withdrew as a sponsor of the Dog Meat Festival, it has taken no meaningful action to enforce China's existing laws and regulations on animal disease control, food safety, trans-provincial dog transport, or youth protection, all of which are breached by the dog meat trade;
Whereas millions of Chinese citizens recently voted in support of a legislative proposal by Zhen Xiaohe, a deputy to the National People's Congress of China, to ban the dog meat trade;

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1 day ago
Brenda C. from Paterson, NJ writes:
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The Republic of China and Zhen Xiaohe,must be in a way held responsible for still allowing such a horrific barbaric act of animal cruelty and it's lowest form,please help put an end to this ongoing misery it's so inhumane,but also so unsanitary in every way possible.
6 days ago
Someone from Saint Charles, MO writes:
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This is just horrific torture, abuse, and absolute cruelty to millions of innocent animals....not just the dog festival, but this goes on with cats, as well. This is NOT what God's intention was, for all of HIS animals...it is deplorable, despicable, and UNACCEPTABLE that humans are capable of this kind of abuse. The animals can NOT escape the abuse....and you can see the pure terror and horror in their eyes. We MUST, as human beings, do the RIGHT thing, and QUIT TORTURING these poor animals....they did nothing to deserve this, and it is never okay to continue torturing ANY living thing....this is inhumane and barbaric, and it is now, time to STOP this horrific crusade that has been levied against these poor animals!! Please have compassion for these animals....NO one, NO animal, should EVER be subjected to such pain, torture, violence, and cruelty.....EVER!!
March 12, 2017
Someone from Ponte Vedra, FL writes:
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I don't agree. The USA should have no right to interfere with another Country's culture. Plus the desensitizing argument is invalid because all other meats are treated the same way. Who is to say a dog is different than a chicken in the aspects of food. I think they could be more sanitary and more humane about it sure, but that's not my decision to make.
March 11, 2017
CRISTINA O. writes:
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DEMAND China Stop Yulin Dog Meat Festival AND End the dog/cat meat trade!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
March 9, 2017
Mir O. signed.
March 9, 2017
Tammy T. signed.
March 8, 2017
Barbara M. from Bloomfield, IA signed.
March 1, 2017
Amanda J. writes:
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How is this horrific torture still continuing..Why have we not stopped it.I am ashamed of the human race
March 1, 2017
Maria S. writes:
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Please support to of the cruelty and trade the dog and cat. It is not humane and disgusting. They are our friends and not to eat.
March 1, 2017
CARLA R. writes:
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PLEAS CONDEMNING THE DOG&CATMEAT TRADE AND MARKET IN CHINA .