Stop Yulin Dog Meat Festival 2017
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Please Sign and ask the Mayor of Guangxi Zhuang to end this so called festival in which thousands of innocent dogs suffer a cruel death.Skinned alive, beaten, boiled alive and many other horrible acts of abuse and torture before being eaten.
An estimated 15,000 dogs and cats are expected to be used for meat during the 10 days of the festival, which takes place at Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region in the south-east of the country.
Campaigners say the practice is cruel and a petition has amassed 2.5 million signatures calling for it to be banned, but local government officials say it is organised by private businesses and they are unable to prevent it.
Critics say the festival has no cultural relevance while advocates say the tradition of eating dog meat dates back 500 years in China and other Asian countries, believing it would ward off heat in the summer.
But the festival, which coincides with the summer solstice, is a relatively new concept and only began in 2009, misrepresenting the idea it is a Chinese tradition.
The consumption and selling and buying of dog meat is legal in China and at its height of consumption in the third century AD was considered a delicacy. But dog theft, which is reported to fund much of the dog meat industry, is against the law.
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