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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


Aug 17, 2018 Jill Yamada
Aug 17, 2018 DIANE PETERSON
Aug 17, 2018 Daniela Bress
Aug 17, 2018 Glenn Showalter
Aug 17, 2018 Irene Macdonald
Aug 16, 2018 Sandra Backelund
Aug 16, 2018 Shea Nace
Aug 16, 2018 Holly Smallwood
Aug 16, 2018 Heidi Siebens
Aug 16, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Aug 14, 2018 Patricia Grabrovac All of these people need to be boiled alive!! It WOULD bring good fortune to the poor animals before they have to endure this barbaric abuse.
Aug 14, 2018 PAOLA BALLANTI
Aug 14, 2018 Joyce Bono
Aug 13, 2018 Raquel Alves
Aug 13, 2018 Dilhara Soyza
Aug 13, 2018 Keith Michelen
Aug 13, 2018 Sarah Eastwood
Aug 13, 2018 Elaine Coburn Until we extend the circle of compassion to all living things, we will not ourselves find peace. ALBERT SCHWEITZER
Aug 13, 2018 jocely,e coenart
Aug 13, 2018 Robin Shepard
Aug 13, 2018 Heather Alexander
Aug 13, 2018 janna murphy
Aug 13, 2018 Barbara Parry
Aug 13, 2018 Nichelle Johnson
Aug 13, 2018 Betty Lininger
Aug 13, 2018 Angela Abbassi
Aug 13, 2018 Irene Kitzman
Aug 12, 2018 Maureen Arnold
Aug 11, 2018 Kim Lanier
Aug 11, 2018 (Name not displayed) Please help these animals & close down this barbaric torture. Thanks
Aug 10, 2018 Sandra Thompson
Aug 10, 2018 natasha damien
Aug 10, 2018 BARBARA CONSOLO
Aug 9, 2018 Lale Halimoglu
Aug 9, 2018 Fabrice HERMANN
Aug 9, 2018 Jonathan PIN
Aug 9, 2018 Valériane WELSCH
Aug 9, 2018 Agnès WELSCH
Aug 9, 2018 Bruno SIMON
Aug 7, 2018 Kathryn Carson
Aug 7, 2018 Daniel Davidson
Aug 6, 2018 Candice Sexton
Aug 6, 2018 Angela Hall
Aug 6, 2018 Angela Hall
Aug 5, 2018 Krista Sanders
Aug 5, 2018 Dorothy Labi
Aug 5, 2018 Rita Wolff
Aug 4, 2018 Johanne Hempton
Aug 4, 2018 Leslie Vanlessen
Aug 4, 2018 Evgenia Bludenova

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