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Chinese animal activists petition White House against dog meat festival in Guangxi
South China Morning Post ^ | May 24, 2013 | Amy Li

Posted on 05/26/2013 8:37:49 AM PDT by Colonel Kangaroo

It is widely believed that dog meat can boost men’s sexual performance - as it has been used in traditional Chinese medicine to treat impotence

China’s dog lovers and animal enthusiasts, fretting over the looming “Dog Meat Festival” - an annual event held Yulin, Guangxi on June 21- have pulled every string possible to avert what they call “a bloody celebration.”

They have protested on Weibo, rapped against it, and written to the mayor of Yulin demanding an end to the tradition. After all these fruitless efforts , animal lovers decided to petition the White House - an unorthodox method frowned upon by the country’s police and censors.

The White House petition was headlined: “Please help us stop the Yulin Festival of eating dogs in Guangxi province. It is bloody and disregards life” has collected 751 signatures as of Thursday since its creation on May 12.

”They use knives to kill the dogs which are alive,” it reads, “Then people would like to burn the dogs, which are conscious, so they can eat them.”

“This petition isn’t meant for political reasons,'' explained its creator, who identified herself as “Alalei” on a pet forum. “I simply hope our government will stop turning a blind eye to this horrible tradition.”

The Yulin locals traditionally celebrate the day of Summer Solstice, when the Sun reaches its highest position in the sky - by eating dog meat and drinking lychee wine, says a programme produced by the city’s TV station.

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WIN 2 tickets to the 48 Hours Launch Party at Privé Dogs being killed in Guangxi's Yulin. Photo: screenshot via Tianya.cnChina’s dog lovers and animal enthusiasts, fretting over the looming “Dog Meat Festival” - an annual event held Yulin, Guangxi on June 21- have pulled every string possible to avert what they call “a bloody celebration.”

They have protested on Weibo, rapped against it, and written to the mayor of Yulin demanding an end to the tradition. After all these fruitless efforts , animal lovers decided to petition the White House - an unorthodox method frowned upon by the country’s police and censors.

The White House petition was headlined: “Please help us stop the Yulin Festival of eating dogs in Guangxi province. It is bloody and disregards life” has collected 751 signatures as of Thursday since its creation on May 12.

”They use knives to kill the dogs which are alive,” it reads, “Then people would like to burn the dogs, which are conscious, so they can eat them.”

“This petition isn’t meant for political reasons,'' explained its creator, who identified herself as “Alalei” on a pet forum. “I simply hope our government will stop turning a blind eye to this horrible tradition.”

The Yulin locals traditionally celebrate the day of Summer Solstice, when the Sun reaches its highest position in the sky - by eating dog meat and drinking lychee wine, says a programme produced by the city’s TV station.

A programme produced by Yulin TV station about the dog meat festival

Legend has it the eating of dog meat will dispel evil ghosts and disease. It is also widely believed that dog meat can boost men’s sexual performance - as it has been used in traditional Chinese medicine to treat impotence.

The tradition is not unique to Yulin. Other cities in Zhejiang, Guangxi, and Guangdong province, among them the booming industrial town Dongguan, are also known to be avid consumers of dog meat.

Mo Yingran, a Guangzhou-based animal activist, shared with the South China Morning Post details of his secret investigation in Yulin last year.

Mo wanted to find out who was supplying the meat to the festival. Despite the government’s claim that dogs were raised by local farmers before being butchered, it is rumoured that some were stray dogs and others abducted from various parts of China.

But when Mo showed up at a market pretending to be a buyer, the seller became suspicious and refused to answer his questions.

Mo later managed to slip into the local government’s headquarters, posing as a potential investor. He then presented his case to several officials.

“They told me they had to respect local culture, and would be willing to launch a public awareness campaign to remind people of the risks of eating unhealthy meat,” said Mo. The Yulin government denied organising the event, but said they objected to scrapping it altogether.

On Tianya, a popular Chinese forum, a heated debate broke out among bloggers.

“Why do we have to listen to what westerners say?” wrote one commentator. “They eat turkey all the time and nobody says a word about it.”

“It’s wrong to eat animals that are people's companions,” argued another. “Even when we kill animals, we should make sure they don’t suffer.”

Deng Yidan, a spokesman from Animals Asia Foundation, a Hong Kong-based chartiy seeking to end cruelty to animals in Asia, said their independent investigation found most dogs sold to restaurants were stolen from households or abducted from the street. These dogs are usually ill and, therefore, pose a grave risk to consumers.

Deng said they had written a letter to Yulin's government protesting the festival.

"Culture and tradition should not be used as an excuse for brutality," she said.

Requests for comment from Yulin's mayor’s office have not been returned.


TOPICS: Food; Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: dog; dogs; hotdog

1 posted on 05/26/2013 8:37:49 AM PDT by Colonel Kangaroo
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2 posted on 05/26/2013 8:40:10 AM PDT by ErnBatavia (Piffle....)
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3 posted on 05/26/2013 8:41:32 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Colonel Kangaroo

Petitioning the Kenyan Usurper who admits to eating dog? Too much irony...


4 posted on 05/26/2013 8:42:08 AM PDT by twister881
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To: Colonel Kangaroo
Didn't this person get the meme from Obama?
It was election rhetoric. He can't save the world. lmbo
5 posted on 05/26/2013 8:43:16 AM PDT by MaxMax
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To: Colonel Kangaroo
dog meat can boost men’s sexual performance - as it has been used in traditional Chinese medicine to treat impotence...

Asians seems to have this huge problem with impotence don't they? I mean seriously, what is this? Between the Japanese and shark fins and bear gall bladders and blow fish and this and that and bird claws, now it's dog meat. They ever shut up and try viagra?

6 posted on 05/26/2013 8:46:20 AM PDT by GrandJediMasterYoda (Someday our schools will teach the difference between "lose" and "loose")
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To: Colonel Kangaroo

Rotsa Ruck.


7 posted on 05/26/2013 8:46:34 AM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: Colonel Kangaroo

Excerpts from the New White House Cookbook:

Poodles With Noodles
Pugs in a Blanket
Shi-Tzu Kebab
Maltese Malted Milk
Wieners
Schnauser-Schnitzle
Pomeranian Pie
Yorkshire Pudding
Chow Chow Mein
Chocolate Lab
Saluki Souffle
Sharpei Avec Shallots
Spaniel Ala King Charles

And For Dessert, Terrier Trifle with Truffles


8 posted on 05/26/2013 8:49:46 AM PDT by left that other site (You Shall Know the Truth, and the Truth Shall Set You Free...John 8:32)
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To: Colonel Kangaroo

Animal rights activists in China? Aw hell no, we spread the disease of whackjob liberalism. Don’t they just shoot people over there to shut them up???!?


9 posted on 05/26/2013 8:52:47 AM PDT by Lazamataz ("AP" clearly stands for American Pravda. Our news media has become completely and proudly Soviet.)
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To: Colonel Kangaroo
Would someone please tell me, how the Obama administration that has the weakest (maybe the worst) foreign since 1980 or possibly since 1776 do anything to stop anything in CHINA? CHINA, who is now the big dog. That is like asking PeeWee Herman to stop Mike Tyson from doing anything.
10 posted on 05/26/2013 8:55:30 AM PDT by Tupelo (The Government lies, then the media lies to cover up the government lies.)
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Please insert the word, POLICY after Foreign.


11 posted on 05/26/2013 8:56:47 AM PDT by Tupelo (The Government lies, then the media lies to cover up the government lies.)
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To: Colonel Kangaroo

I think the PETA folks should immediately send a very large entourage of their best and brightest to China.

With any luck they will be jailed for an extended period.


12 posted on 05/26/2013 9:05:11 AM PDT by Fzob (In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock. Jefferson)
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To: Colonel Kangaroo

What??

He’s not invited?


13 posted on 05/26/2013 9:07:31 AM PDT by Hardraade (http://junipersec.wordpress.com (Obama equals Osama))
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To: GrandJediMasterYoda
Asians seems to have this huge problem with impotence don't they? I mean seriously, what is this? Between the Japanese and shark fins and bear gall bladders and blow fish and this and that and bird claws, now it's dog meat.

Here's another one for your Impotent Cookbook.....

Virgin Eggs – A Chinese Delicacy Soaked in Boys’ Urine

Called tongzi dan (literally “boy egg) they are an old culinary tradition listed as part of the Dongyong cultural heritage, similar to tea eggs – hard boiled eggs soaked in soy sauce and vinegar. The only difference is Virgin Eggs are soaked in urine.

Vendors collect virgin boys’ urine from elementary schools around the city and use it as a main ingredient for their unusual street food. Plastic barrels are placed outside the classrooms and boys are reminded to pee in them, unless they are sick. The pee is then used to boil eggs, their shell cracked to allow the flavour to slip through, then soaked in urine and boiled again. The whole “cooking” process takes an entire day. I know it sounds disgusting, but some people say they “have the taste of Spring”, while others claim “they’re so delicious that I could eat 10 a day”.

14 posted on 05/26/2013 9:07:51 AM PDT by digger48
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To: digger48

nastly looking p!ss egg pictures at link

http://www.odditycentral.com/pics/virgin-eggs-a-chinese-delicacy-soaked-in-boys-urine.html


15 posted on 05/26/2013 9:10:48 AM PDT by digger48
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To: Colonel Kangaroo
“It is widely believed that dog meat can boost men’s sexual performance - as it has been used in traditional Chinese medicine to treat impotence” - a Chinese example of believing that consumption of an animal bestows the properties of the animal main course of the meal upon the diner.

In light of, and to show my respect for multiculturalism, I hereby, humbly suggest Chinese consider revising their dining premises.

No other animal has demonstrated such a 25/8 dogged commitment to sex as Bill Clinton.

The HillaBeast could finance her campaigns by butchering Bill and selling him in small bits.

Clearly, ‘horn dog’ of such potentcy would be effective in extremely small dosages.

Hmmn - given the HillaBeast’s reputation for young girls, America could offer HillaBeast Bits for sale to lethargic Lesbians.

Combine both sales programs and the profits from just the Chinese purchases alone would retire the Chinese debt obligations America has accumulated.

16 posted on 05/26/2013 9:18:15 AM PDT by GladesGuru (Islam is antithetical to, and Islam is irreconcilable with, America. Therefore - Islam Delenda Est)
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To: Colonel Kangaroo
If the US is able to stop people in China from eating dog, what is to stop Saudi Arabia (our overlords) from preventing us from eating pork?
17 posted on 05/26/2013 9:18:23 AM PDT by Cowboy Bob (Democrats: Robbing Peter to buy Paul's vote.)
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To: cripplecreek

AW HELL GNAW!
18 posted on 05/26/2013 9:18:23 AM PDT by null and void (Republicans create the tools of opression, and the democrats gleefully use them!)
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19 posted on 05/26/2013 9:40:27 AM PDT by GeorgeWashingtonsGhost
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To: GrandJediMasterYoda
They ever shut up and try viagra?

I remember stories of the last NK guy, Kim Il Jong(?). He was popping viagra while the rest of the country was lucky to eat dog.

20 posted on 05/26/2013 9:44:31 AM PDT by Calvin Locke
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To: Colonel Kangaroo

White House?

Do they think Obama could do something about a local event in China?


21 posted on 05/26/2013 9:46:38 AM PDT by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: left that other site

Ooops! I left Out German Shepherd’s Pie!

And of Course Collie Flower Canapes.


22 posted on 05/26/2013 10:21:41 AM PDT by left that other site (You Shall Know the Truth, and the Truth Shall Set You Free...John 8:32)
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To: Colonel Kangaroo

These people are barking up the wong tree...


23 posted on 05/26/2013 10:23:59 AM PDT by Common Sense 101 (Hey libs... If your theories fly in the face of reality, it's not reality that's wrong.)
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LOLOLOL!!! OMG there are truly insane, seriously. And it’s not just what they eat, it’s the pornography they are into as well. A few years back my brother showed me Japanese porn, it was some of the sickest stuff I ever saw in my life. You ever hear of that video two girls one cup? Thats the kind of stuff they are into. They are absolutely 1000% out of their minds.


24 posted on 05/26/2013 10:46:26 AM PDT by GrandJediMasterYoda (Someday our schools will teach the difference between "lose" and "loose")
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Put’s the chow-chow back into “chow mein”


25 posted on 05/26/2013 1:28:07 PM PDT by pierrem15 (Claudius: "Let all the poisons that lurk in the mud hatch out.")
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LOL!


26 posted on 05/26/2013 1:52:53 PM PDT by left that other site (You Shall Know the Truth, and the Truth Shall Set You Free...John 8:32)
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