Many have heard about and spoken their disdain for the Yulin Dog Meat Festival in China, but the long-held tradition of eating this type of meat has yielded a happy ending this week with the rescue and rehoming of a number of dogs. In Chinese culture, it is believed that eating dog meat has exceptional medicinal properties and extraordinary health results for those who partake. Despite the outrage of many Americans and other cultures who refuse this practice, this tradition has continued throughout the years since long before the festival began in 2009.
Animal activists in China have successfully closed down an illegal slaughterhouse in Dalian, China, full of dogs in unspeakable conditions. The zealous task involves procuring these animals from horrifying cruelty and unsanitary conditions. Closure of the slaughterhouse is a victory for all dog lovers, and the heartbreaking conditions are becoming open to the public. Reports from plantbasednews.org, state that many of these facilities are illegal because they do not comply with the health standards and regulations that are expected of them. Many of the dogs are also suspected to be family pets, stolen from their homes to be used and sold in the meat industry. Dogs are often found to be friendly and tame despite their circumstances, leading rescuers to believe they were once companion animals.
Every year, animal activists and rescue organizations save thousands of dogs from these situations, taking them to receive veterinary care in order to rehabilitate them to eventually find their forever homes with new families. Many other rescues, some inside the United States, also rehabilitate and rehome animals found in these conditions. With the number of resources and time necessary to save dogs from these Chinese slaughterhouses, donations are often needed to give them the care they need while recovering.
These types of slaughterhouses in China keep their dogs in appalling circumstances that no living being should ever be subjected to. With a large portion of the Chinese population being vigorously against these conditions and this tradition, will we see stricter animal protection laws or an end to the Yulin Festival in the future? For now, with the rescue of these dogs and closure of the slaughterhouse in Dalian, the story has a happy ending.