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A new ban on selling dog meat at restaurants, street vendors and markets at China's Yulin dog meat festival will go into effect on June 15, just one week before the festival is set to start. What remains unclear is if the ban is temporary or if officials will be able to enforce the ban. Sign now to show your support for a permanent end to the Yulin Dog Meat Festival!
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Since the 1990s, one remote city in the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region of China has been celebrating the year's longest day by abducting, caging, torturing, killing, and eating tens of thousands of dogs & cats in the hopes of reaping good heath and fortune.

Colloquially called the Yulin Dog Meat Festival, this "celebration" of the summer solstice is an aberration of the greatest proportions, and has been widely criticized for years. In 2014, the local Yulin government released a statement, amid protests and widespread furor, claiming the festival does not exist. However, reports and photographic documentation from the area show that the slaughter is very real, and shockingly cruel.

In the days leading up to the solstice, which occurs each year around June 21, tens of thousands of dogs & cats, some stolen directly from their families, are forced into cramped cages and stacked for shipment via overstuffed trucks to Yulin's slaughterhouses and street markets. If they survive the inevitable shock, starvation, and dehydration from the trip, they are nonchalantly butchered, barbecued, or boiled alive.

The Yulin government claim they care about public opinion, yet refuse to end this tragic massacre. Let's call on Guangxi Zhuang's Chairman Chen Wu, who oversees the Yulin government, to unilaterally put an end to this horrible tradition.

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Dear Chairman Chen Wu,

The Yulin municipality's summer solstice tradition of torturing, slaughtering, and eating tens of thousands of stray and abducted dogs and cats is an atrocity that has transcended the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, because of its flagrant cruelty toward domestic animals, and has reached global concern.

Across the world there has been widespread outcry against the Yulin solstice festival, yet the Yulin government has denied its very existence. Reports from the area have documented otherwise, and have shown that huge numbers of dogs and cats are being beaten, tortured, and brutally killed in the name of health and fortune.

Domestic animal cruelty is an unconscionable crime that tarnishes the integrity of the entire human race. When we fail to treat our closest faunal companions humanely and respectfully, we also fail to demonstrate our intelligence and empathy — the two greatest tools we have as a species. Without our empathy and intelligence, cats and dogs, who co-evolved with us for tens of thousands of years, would not exist in the forms and numbers necessary for this very slaughter to take place.

As the Chairman of Guangxi, you have the power to put an end to this horrific practice, and to prevent these family pets and homeless domestic animals from being savagely butchered in the name of a superstition. Dog and cat meat, like all meat, is high in calories and low in nutrition. Health and fortune do not come from eating meat, nor do they come from the violent killings of animals that we call our own.

As the Chairman of Guangxi, you have the power to unilaterally put an end to this horrific practice. Please use your influence to actively save lives, rather than to passively take them. The cats and dogs whose lives are on the line will thank you, and with luck someday someone will do the same for you.

Thank you.

Petition Signatures

Sep 19, 2017 Robin Sheppard
Sep 19, 2017 andrew katz I am cancelling my trip to China and instead heading to Japan with my family. This brutality will only end when there is economic price to pay. Vote with your plane tickets.
Sep 19, 2017 Manuela Allera
Sep 19, 2017 Astrid Laban Animals have feelings! Stop it! Earth is the hell for animals!
Sep 19, 2017 Nathalie Urban
Sep 19, 2017 Margret Weissenbacher
Sep 19, 2017 Joan Armstrong
Sep 18, 2017 Jeanne Hill
Sep 17, 2017 marina danilova
Sep 17, 2017 Patricia Chambers Barberic ritual that must be stopped!
Sep 17, 2017 Meghan Croyts
Sep 17, 2017 Jillian Beaulieu
Sep 17, 2017 Geralyn & Michael Frishman
Sep 16, 2017 Chris B
Sep 16, 2017 Marlene Nagler
Sep 16, 2017 kathleen michael
Sep 15, 2017 Liliana Dulgheroiu
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Sep 15, 2017 simon evans
Sep 14, 2017 Joe Ackerman
Sep 14, 2017 Kristie Hatton
Sep 14, 2017 Saddie Al
Sep 14, 2017 Deborah Moore
Sep 13, 2017 Lois Freeman
Sep 13, 2017 Sondra Bustos
Sep 13, 2017 Kelly Davis this is inhumane
Sep 13, 2017 Deborah Herath
Sep 13, 2017 Monika Jakubik
Sep 13, 2017 Carolyn Popp
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Sep 13, 2017 Elizabeth Mitchell
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Sep 13, 2017 Darja Kadenšek
Sep 13, 2017 debra tiritilli
Sep 13, 2017 lynn diakogiannakis
Sep 13, 2017 Vivian Lieb How horrible is this practice. Beyond inhumane!!!!
Sep 13, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Sep 12, 2017 (Name not displayed) Stop this dark ages nonsense and brutality.
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Sep 11, 2017 Gen Strydom
Sep 11, 2017 Ilse DePRiest
Sep 10, 2017 Luis Chelotti
Sep 10, 2017 Mary Ann Gaida This is horrible!!
Sep 9, 2017 Eleni Panagiotidou
Sep 9, 2017 Grisell Garcia
Sep 9, 2017 Renata Allocco
Sep 9, 2017 Ksana Ivanova
Sep 7, 2017 Setsuko Yamamoto
Sep 7, 2017 J McConnell

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