Earlier this year, animal advocates — including celebrities like Lisa Vanderpump — celebrated the banning of dog meat sales at China’s Yulin Festival, an event infamous for slaughtering and selling thousands of pets each year.
Humane Society International shared the welcomed news, reporting that a ban on dog meat sales was in the works ahead of this year’s festival, which is scheduled to begin this week, with fines of 100,000 yuan for those who violate the ban.
Unfortunately, Animals Asia is now reporting that this initial news is wrong. According to the animal welfare organization, Yulin authorities are denying a ban on dog meat sales will be placed on the festival.
The city officials shared this upsetting announcement with The Beijing News on June 15, the date the rumored ban was scheduled to start. Staff of the Yulin Publicity Department told the paper there would be no ban, because the Yulin festival is not an authorized event, so the government doesn’t have the power to call it off, reports Animals Asia.
A celebration of the summer solstice, the Yulin Lychee and Dog Meat Festival was at one time supported by the local government to boost the city’s economy, but the …read more