• Petitioning Mr. Chen Wu, YuLin Governor

This petition will be delivered to:

YuLin City Governor, GuangXi Province, China
Mr. Chen Wu, YuLin Governor
board member
will kaku
board memeber
tzeng gung
executive director
andrea gung (executive director)

Please Shut Down the Yulin Dog Meat Festival in GuangXi China

    1. Petition by

      DuoDuo Animal Welfare Project

Dear YuLin Governor Chen Wu:
 
We are writing you to request that the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region government must cancel the “Dog Meat Festival” that is held on June 21 in Yulin. As foreigners who have great respect for the Chinese people and Chinese civilization, We are saddened to learn that the Yulin “Dog Meat Festival” still exists in a modern civilized society. We believe that this event has no place in the 21st century. We adamantly voice our strong opposition to this barbaric “festival” for the following five reasons:
 
First, China is the country with the second largest number of rabies cases in the world. The Yulin government itself admitted in 2007 that the city was one of the hardest hit by rabies outbreaks. According to a news report (http://gx.news.163.com/07/0102/14/33RCB62S006300CU.html), 338 rabies cases were reported in Yulin between 2002 and 2006. All of the infected people died from this disease. The annual economic cost to Yulin amounted to 6.67 million Yuan. Based on the toll the disease is taking on the health of the city’s residents, the authorities in Yulin should be doing everything they can to prevent the spread of the disease. Dogs transported for days in crowded conditions to Yulin, with compromised immunity systems, are known to be vulnerable to the spread of illnesses. Allowing the “Dog Meat Festival” to continue is a sign of a lack of vigilance at the very least. Given the national government’s policy on rabies prevention and control, it might even be construed as wanton contempt and total negligence of the public. In the interest of public health, disease prevention, and enforcement of the national government’s policies, the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region government should put an end to the event.
 
Second, the “Dog Meat Festival” can potentially undermine social stability, aggravate existing social conflicts, and sabotage the central government’s efforts to build a harmonious society. A significant number of the dogs sold on the market, according to Chinese activist investigations, are stolen household pets or are watch dogs of rural families. The recent retaliative, brutal assault on dog thieves by victims of dog theft indicates the potentially explosive nature of confrontations between dog owners and the dog meat industry. Frankly, the violent action by the villagers in Guangxi was a reaction to the fact that local law enforcement had long failed to protect the interest of the dog owners. Allowing the “Dog Meat Festival” to continue is like endorsing dog theft, which supplies the dog meat industry. It could seriously damage the authority of the government and the credibility of state laws. If dog theft continues, violent confrontations between dog owners and animal lovers and the dog meat industry will escalate and intensify, potentially leading to mass unrest. The government can prevent such a situation from developing by ending the Yulin “Dog Meat Festival.”
 
Third, the Yulin “Dog Meat Festival” is a dangerous food safety issue. Dogs sold on the market are sick and dying animals. They suffer from horrendous conditions during the long distance, trans-provincial journeys. China does NOT have dog farms. There are no national or local standards to ensure the safety of dog meat since dogs are not raised for food. Sick or contaminated dogs can pass illnesses to humans in the course of transport, slaughter, and food preparations. It has also been reported that some dogs have been poisoned during their capture and carry toxins in their body. The govenment cannot afford to ignore this public health issue. It is therefore imperative for the government to shut down the “Dog Meat Festival” and prevent the onset of a SARS-like disease and massive deaths.
 
Fourth, the Yulin “Dog Meat Festival” exposes young people to violence. During the festival, the streets of Yulin flow with dog blood, since dogs are often slaughtered in public. Have the dog meat dealers ever considered the reaction of the people who walk by? Have they ever considered the feelings of the young children who witness the brutality on their way to school? The wanton imposition of bloody scenes on the public can cause severe mental distress and psychological trauma to people, particularly school children. Studies have long shown that exposure to violence can desensitize youth and cause them to later commit acts of cruelty and abuse. The Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region government and its official Women Federation are obligated to stand up and to protect the young people from being forced to witness this brutal spectacle.
 
Fifth, although the “Dog Meat Festival” has been promoted as a local “folk custom,” it is not  really a local culinary culture. It is a commercial activity masquerading as a regional tradition.  No culture or local custom is a defense of a practice that runs counter to human progress. Despite strong resistance, foot-binding, opium-smoking, and arranged marriage -- so-called Chinese traditional practices -- were ended without jeopardizing the Chinese culture. In fact, Chinese civilization has since experienced a spirited rejuvenation and China’s pace of progress has not been slowed one bit.  To glorify the Chinese culture, the government must eliminate outdated practices that represent forces of the past and that damage the reputation of the mainstream Chinese culture.
 
Finally, Guangxi has breathtaking natural beauty that attracts millions of domestic and international tourists. The Yulin “Dog Meat Festival” is internationally perceived as a disgrace to this region. In June 2013, the festival was condemned by more than 40,000 people around the world within a short span of a few days. The event has already tarnished the reputation of Guangxi and will have a negative consequence on commerce and on the tourism industry.
 
We appeal to you to act in the interest of public health, food safety, child welfare, and the reputation of Guangxi and China. The Yulin “Dog Meat Festival” is not a regional “folk custom.” It is a business operation that undermines the national and public interest. The Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region government is at a historical juncture. The “Dog Meat Festival” must end.

CC:
Mr. Li Keqiang
Prime Minister, State Council, People's Republic of China
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Ministry of Agriculture
State General Administration of Food and Drug
State Commission of Public Health and Family Planning
Ministry of Public Security
State General Administration of Tourism
           

To:
Mr. Chen Wu, YuLin Governor, YuLin City Governor, GuangXi Province, China
will kaku, board member
tzeng gung, board memeber
andrea gung (executive director), executive director
Ask Mr. Chen Wu to ban the YuLin Dog Meat Festival in GuangXi, China

Sincerely,
[Your name]

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    News

    1. Local activists rescue 2,000 dogs from slaughter

      I have some great news to share with you! On August 3, five large trucks loaded with about 2,000 dogs (photo 1) were blocked by animal activists near TangShang City, Heibi Province, about a 3 hour drive from Beijing. The dogs have been rescued and are currently in a temporary shelter.

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      Many of the dogs were stolen. As you can tell from the photos of the rescue site, some of the rescued dogs are Huskies, German Shepherds, and Golden Retrievers (photo 2 - 5). Those breeds are very expensive and would not normally be strays in China.

      In this particular rescue event, volunteers from all over China rushed in to help. Incredibly, there were about 200 cars (photo 6) that surrounded the trucks to make sure the trucks could not get away. Vets and volunteers rushed in to help and people flooded the site with crates and supplies. (photo 7-9)

      Another astounding highlight was that local officials and law enforcement also got involved. After a lengthy negotiation, the local government agreed to give the dogs to the activists. The officials provided a large, empty plot of land as a temporary shelter.

      I believe that our campaign to stop the YuLin Dog Meat Festival played a big role in the outcome. We generated a lot of awareness and concern for dogs and cats during the YuLin campaign. More people have become active and local governments in China have become more sensitive about the negative public response and its consequences.

      We believe that this rescue event is another big blow to the dog and cat meat industry. The large rescue effort has generated lots of publicity. More people will become aware of the brutality of the industry and its illegality.

      DuoDuo's Chinese team members and friends are at the rescue site. We will try to help as much as we can. We will keep you posted on the progress.

      You can sign up for future updates:
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      Thank you very much and if you have time, please drop us a quick note to share your thoughts: info@duoduoanimalwelfareproject.org

      DuoDuo Animal Weflare Project
      www.duoduoproject.org
      408-220-5407
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      A tired and exhausted friend is saved at last.

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      Help arrives just in time.

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      Activists help in the rescue effort

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      Cars block the path of the dog trucks

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      There are people who care and take risks to help the poor animals.

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    2. Updates for the 2014 YuLin Dog Meat Festival

      Dear Supporters:

      In case you have not heard, sadly to tell you that while there is country-wide and international condemnation of the festival, the YuLin city still proceeded with the event. The government claimed that this event is not run by them and that they cannot prevent people from having their own parties. However, even though the barbaric festival took place but the event was on a smaller scale than previous years. In addition, we helped to get banned the killing of live dogs on the street. The media has converged here representing 60 domestic and international agencies.
      Now the dust has settled, we would like to share some updates on this year's Yulin Dog Meat Festival here in case you are not on our mailing list or if you don't use Facebook.
      Although we were not able to shutdown the Dog Meat Festival this year, we are moving in a positive direction thanks to your support and to the hard work of many of the activists and volunteers. The Yulin government recently announced that this year's dog meat consumption was reduced by 30% and an insider in the dog and cat meat trade said that many of the vendors lost money. Our presence there generated huge negative media exposure on the trade and on the festival as more Chinese people throughout the country, as well as people from around the world, expressed their outrage at this heinous event. Our incessant pressure on the government led to the prohibition of large dog trucks entering the city and to the inspection and closure of some dog and cat slaughterhouses. Thank you for adding your voice to the movement.

      We will keep the petition going till 2015 and add an even louder voice to our new campaign. Please stay in touch and keep forwarding the petition to your animal loving friends.

      For more information please check out our latest e-news: http://us3.campaign-archive2.com/?u=41cf1de7245dd0191a7a617af&id=a14452e610

      and please sign up for future updates:
      http://www.duoduoproject.org/subscribe.html

      Thank you very much and if you have time, please drop us a quick note to share your thoughts: info@duoduoanimalwelfareproject.org

      DuoDuo Animal Weflare Project
      www.duoduoproject.org
      408-220-5407

    3. Reached 50,000 signatures
    4. Newest development on "Stop the YuLin Dog Meat Festival" campaign.

      Good news to share!

      Our recent efforts have empowered the local people in fighting against the illegal dog meat industry. One of the illegal slaughter houses in the YuLin area has been operating for 3 or 4 years without much attention from the public. Someone alerted one of the activists in town about their operation.

      Many activists from all over China are in Yulin now and yesterday they got together and visited the slaughter house and called the police. On previous occasions, the local police didn't want to conduct an investigation of the slaughter house. But, because our team members had several meetings with local FDA officials, the FDA office ordered the police to investigate and now the slaughter house has been shut down and sealed.

      About 30 dogs were rescued. See more details: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Duo-Duo-Animal-Welfare-Project-%E5%A4%9A%E5%A4%9A/380841222033262?ref=hl

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    5. Reached 35,000 signatures
    6. Condemning the YuLin Dog Meat Festival to your local Chinese embassy

      Send a letter or postcard to your local Chinese embassy!

      Our team members in China have worked tirelessly
      in YuLin, China since 6/2. More details on their activities will
      be posted soon.

      We would like to continue applying
      pressure by asking all of our supporters to send a postcard or
      letter to your local Chinese embassy to express our opposition
      of the "Dog Meat Festival".
      We believe sending a letter/postcard could garner more attention from the staff. You can still send it through email if you like. (chinaembpress_us@mfa.gov.cn)

      Please remember that the vast majority of Chinese people do not
      eat dogs & cats and that they are also horrified by this industry
      when they become aware of it.

      Mail can be sent to (in US ):
      Embassy of the PROC
      3505 International Place, N.W.
      Washington, D.C. 20008
      Attn:Ambassador Cui Tianka

      FB page:
      https://www.facebook.com/pages/Duo-Duo-Animal-Welfare-Project-%E5%A4%9A%E5%A4%9A/380841222033262
      To get updates:
      http://www.duoduoproject.org/subscribe.html

    7. Reached 30,000 signatures
    8. Movement to end the YuLin Dog Meat Festival is spreadking!

      Dear friends:

      Momentum is quickly building to stop the horrific Yulin Dog meat Festival.

      On 5/19, a vigil and demonstration took place in DaLian City, China. The event was organized by the local Vshine animal welfare organization (http://www.vshine.org.cn/). Hundreds of young people came out and they formed a pattern, "6-21" with candles, which is the date of the festival this year. There is also a multi-campus campaign to "Shutdown the Yulin Dog Meat Festival" going on in the mean time. This campaign, is also supported by Human Society International (HSI), is going to spread to different college campuses in China. More young people across China are now being informed and outraged about this horrible Dog Meat Festival.

      All of the projects planned by the DuoDuo Animal Welfare Project to ban the YuLin Dog Meat Festival are quickly accelerating. Our local activists are now in YuLin carrying out the plan.

      Thank you so much for your support. More to come.

      www.duoduoproject.org

    9. Reached 15,000 signatures

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    • Sergi Gene BARCELONA, SPAIN
      • about 20 hours ago

      inhumano

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    • Janice Sinclair BLAIRGOWRIE, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 1 day ago

      These vile monsters who are doing this should be skinned alive, the world is watching and they HATE YOU!

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    • Denise Putt NEATH, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 2 days ago

      Dogs are known to possess intelligence equal to that of a six year old child. They do so much for us: search for drugs and bombs; search for the missing in collapsed buildings and avalanches; see for the blond, hear for the deaf and assist the disabled; herd and protect our sheep & cattle; protect us and our property; help us to catch criminals and they are our friends and companions. Is this horrific end how we really wish to repay them?? Please protect them.

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    • Kaitlyn Hugdien LOVELOCK, NV
      • 3 days ago

      Us buns DO care about our dog friends!

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    • Elke Weigl NEUNBURG VORM WALD, GERMANY
      • 4 days ago

      Sowas einfach nicht sein darf.es ist einfach nur bestialisch.Tiere müssen endlich geschützt werden.

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