Selling Dog Meat May Be Banned At This Year’s Yulin Dog Meat Festival
Animal rights activists are reporting that the local government in Yulin, China, will be banning the sale of dog meat at the city’s controversial Lychee and Dog Meat Festival in June.
However, officials in Yulin did not confirm the ban when questioned by media outlets, leading some to question whether the purported ban is happening at all.
The annual festival, which involves the sale and consumption of dog and cat meat, has incited protests both within China and internationally. National Geographic reports that in China, young people in particular are opposed to the dog meat trade.
According to Humane Society International and the Duo Duo Project, officials told traders that restaurants, vendors and market traders will be temporarily prohibited from selling dog meat, beginning one week before the June 21 festival. Peter Li, HSI’s China policy specialist, said the ban is set to last until the festival is over and that there’s no evidence the ban includes any restrictions on cat meat.
But city officials would not confirm any ban at all when both The New York Times and the BBC reached out to them. The BBC also reports that “some vendors” told the outlet they hadn’t heard of a ban.
But Humane Society International told HuffPost it is confident in its sources and that it isn’t surprised Yulin officials won’t confirm the ban to the media.
“It’s likely not in [the local government’s] interests to appear to be responding to national or global pressure,” Wendy Higgins, HSI international media director, said in an email. “The contacts in China of HSI and Duo Duo Project have spoken directly […]