PETITION TARGET: Guangxi Party Secretary Lu Xinshe
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, aren 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 are 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.
The Chinese government has made tremendous, positive strides in recent months, with two cities banning dog meat and the removal of dogs from the national livestock list.
The Yulin Comprehensive Agricultural Administrative Law Enforcement Detachment recently posted amendments to the country’s animal epidemic prevention law that more strictly regulate the mass trafficking of animals for sale, trade, and slaughter during the COVID-19 pandemic — including quarantine certificates. However, there’s no clear indication that officials will take meaningful steps to stop the festival this year. We urge the city of Yulin to honor these amendments and stop the illegal import, trade and killing of dogs and cats.
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 this horrifying cruelty.
Sign this petition to urge the Chinese Ambassador to the United States to push China to explicitly ban all human consumption of dog and cat meat throughout the country, strictly enforce its new laws and regulations, and shut down the cruel and hazardous Yulin Dog Meat Festival.