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PETITION TARGET: Chinese Ambassador to the United States

In the horrific dog and cat meat trade, innocent animals — many still wearing their collars — are stolen from their families and crammed into trucks and vans, where they’re forced into wire crates and transported to slaughterhouses. These family pets, who should be cuddled up in their caretakers’ laps, are then bludgeoned, sliced open with butcher knives, and boiled or torched.

At the Yulin Dog Meat Festival in China — a grisly annual “celebration” of the summer solstice — thousands of dogs may be killed for profit. And tragically, this is just one event among an entire industry of dog and cat slaughter in the country, where an estimated 10 million dogs and 4 million cats are killed for their meat every year.

Some cities in China have already banned eating dogs and cats, and it’s clear that more and more people are moving away from eating these animals, as a poll by Hong Kong-based news website ifeng.com, found that 75% of Chinese people supported the decision in Shenzhen to ban dog meat.

The culture in China is changing, and it’s time for real action. Most Chinese citizens do not eat dog or cat meat, and more and more Chinese activists are speaking out against the cruelty.

Sign this petition to urge the Chinese Ambassador to the United States to push the government to ban the dog and cat meat trade, strictly enforce its new laws and regulations, and shut down the cruel and hazardous Yulin Dog Meat Festival.