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Petitioning Acting Mayor of Yulin Wang Kai

Stop the Yulin Dog Meat Festival 强烈要求玉林政府取缔惨绝人寰的玉林狗肉节

Du Yufeng of Bo Ai Animal Protection Centre in Guangyuan, China has written a letter to the Mayor of Yulin, to ask that the Yulin Dog Meat Festival be stopped. We are currently supporting Du by raising money to help her build her a bigger shelter for dogs rescued from the meat trade and wanted to help her by gathering as many signatures from around the world as we can, using her original letter with her permission, to send to Mayor Han Yuanli (Mayor Han Yuanli has since been transferred so there is an acting Mayor -Wang Kai) and urge him to stop this 'festival'. Du wants the world to know about this cruel festival and asks that you contact the media in your country to tell them what is happening in Yulin. Please sign and share far and wide. Help the Chinese activists to put a stop to this. Thank you

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Letter to
Acting Mayor of Yulin Wang Kai
Dear Yulin Municipal Party Secretary, Mr. Mayor

The annual Guangxi Yulin June 21 Summer Solstice "Dog Meat Festival" has entered the countdown. Local volunteers reported tens of thousands of dogs and cats have been hoarded and ready for the tragic 'dog feasting'event .
The horrible barking of dogs pierce the sky under the gloomy Yulin City's farmer markets .Dogs are mercilessly clipped and then beaten with sticks on the head then slaughtered in the throat with butcher knives, some dogs are stabbed on the abdomen and left bleed to death. The cruellest part is that butchers throw still-struggling dogs into boiling pots of to kill them. Fur and skin is peeled after the boiling, and then the internal organs pulled out and then roasted on fires. The scene is appalling and shocking! Prior to being killed they went through a long and painful suffering: cats and dogs are captured and kept in narrow crowded cages, without food or drink and mostly with broken legs and tails. They are transferred long-distance, some pregnant cats and dogs give birth during the transfer and the newborn kittens and puppies fall out from the gap and are killed, some die of infections in such a crowded environment, all this suffering before some exceptionally cruel method of slaughter.
Medical studies has reported that meat from animals that endured immense suffering contain a large amount of toxins, they contain large quantities of carcinogenic elements and are harmful for human consumption.
God pity cats and dogs and the human consumption of them: prohibit slaughter!
Dogs and cats are intelligent animals, their IQ is equivalent to toddlers.
The process of being kidnapped, trafficked and massacred causes pet owners fear, despair and pain and is something we cannot imagine. Many of these animals were beloved pets that were stolen from pet owners that treated them like their own children. Many lives in despair because the pets they used to spend so much emotions have disappeared. They desperately try anything to find their pets no matter how much money it will cost them.
Eating cats and dogs causes great harm to human health , cat and dog meat on sale in the market has not been through any inspection and quarantine departments, it is a serious threat to the health or safety of the people, in fact, scientific research has confirmed that the cat & dog food is no more nutritious than any other food. In a country that stresses importance to people's food hygiene and safety, the government officials should not encourage unsafe eating habits. The "SARS" outbreaks in 2003 due to excessive animal eating is a lessons to remind us not to make the same mistake.
Dogs and cats has the same genetic make up as human, as companion animals of mankind they should not be eaten, these pets are the victims of unscrupulous black market vendors and consumption of these meats is encouraging these inhumane trades.
Cats and dogs accompany us in life, bring us happiness, many scientific studies show that people with pets have better mental and physical health and improved immune function, cats and dogs can relieve the pressures of life, bring laughter and joy to the family, they are also great companion for the elderly which help to reduce loneliness and dementia. More and more people in China are treating their pets as a part of the family because pets offer unconditional friendship and loyalty.
Dogs have also contributed immense help in the rescue operation in a few natural disaster which is impossible within humans abilitie :
In the aftermath of Sichuan earthquake ,more than 75% of the victims buried under the ruins were rescued with the help of dogs. In the 2008 Olympic Games, the Canton Fair, and many other mega events ,dogs provided smooth, effective and reliable security work, they act as the eyes of the blind leading the blind athletes in the 2008 Paralympics lighting of the torch, they help protect the country and the police; as well as protecting families.
In addition, a growing number of studies have shown that dogs are better than the traditional method of early detection of cancer.
Dogs and cats are friends of human beings, rather than food. Today we have so many food choices, why put our friends and security guards in such pain so we could eat them on the dining table? The consumption of dog and cat meat equals to supporting cruelty and encouraging theft.
Cats and dogs are not suitable to be bred as commercial meat, greed has driven some unscrupulous people to kidnap pets in order to satisfy the appetites of individual people. A large number of pet dogs and cats were stolen and hunted, trafficked and massacred and sold in underground markets, ultimately leading to clashes between pet owners and traffickers and planted instability problems, counter to the Chinese dream of building a harmonious society and ecological civilization.
If the government does not ban this tragic Yulin summer solstice day "dog feasting Festival", it means the government also encourages illegal theft and black meat market. If there's no demand, there wouldn't be any supply. We urge the high ranking officials in the Yulin government to implement the legacy of Prime Minister Li Keqiang on food safety issues, the public health should never be compromised with unscientific, unsafe, unsanitary and uncivilised pet animals eating habits, such "culture" should not be respected and admired, culture and traditions should not become an excuse for cruelty.
Many inhumane "age old traditions" such as slavery, women with bound feet, child brides, and opium, etc., were abandoned , and more than 100 countries and regions have introduced a ban on eating cats and dogs, there, dogs and cats are protected by law and prohibited from being abused and eaten. Indiscriminate slaughter and barbaric customs and cultures are just a handful of bad habits which should not be advocated.
We sincerely hope that the Government will expeditiously implement the Yulin Premier Li Keqiang's speech concerning food safety: to crack down on illegal slaughtering and untested meat markets, to ensure the health and safety of people, to create beautiful a Yulin, happy homes, a harmonious and healthy tourism image of the city of Yulin , which is free from the ignoranant, brutal and uncivilized "summer solstice lychee dog Festival. "
Bo Ai Animal protection Centre of Guangyuan



尊敬的玉林市市委书记、市长先生:

一年一度的广西玉林6月21日夏至“荔枝狗肉节”已进入倒计时,具当地志愿者网报,那里已经囤积了数万只猫狗准备迎接惨绝人寰的狗肉节。现在的玉林各个农贸市场已是一片狼藉,屠夫们用铁夹将狗一只一只活生生的小生命夹出来用棍棒猛击头部狗狗凄惨的哀嚎声和绝望的吼叫声混杂着血腥味笼罩着黑幕下的玉林血城,屠夫们手持屠刀刺向狗狗的胸膛放血,再用铁夹子将还在挣扎的狗狗丢进滚烫的开水锅里面,一只只无助的孩子们就这样惨死在侩子手下,然后被退去身上的毛,屠夫们再拿着刀把它们的胸部一刀刀的划着肚子,畅肚就这样被他们掏出来,然后用火在狗的身上烧着,这些猫狗从被抓、被关入狭窄拥挤的笼子,尾巴和脚被夹断,没吃没喝,长途运输颠簸途中怀孕的猫狗生下的小猫小狗从缝隙掉出,过于拥挤的环境让狗狗相互打斗受伤。猫狗被屠宰的方法又异常残忍,许多猫和狗要经历漫长而痛苦的折磨,然后才悲惨地死去。它们的喉咙被铁钳钳住,它们被人用棍棒痛击头部,用刀割开喉咙或被刀刺进腹部,被电击、被勒死,或者还可能被活活扔到开水里烫死。其现场惨不忍睹、触目惊心!

天意怜猫狗,人间兴慈悲:禁止屠杀!

猫狗很通人性,它们的智商相对于一个几岁的孩子,它们在被偷盗、贩运、屠杀的整个过程中会感受到无比的恐惧、绝望及痛苦,是我们所不能想象的血腥残酷。
这些被吃的猫狗,它们原本是别人家里挚爱的家庭成员,是主人或爱心人士花了大量的精力、时间和财力把它们从小喂养大的,对这些猫狗的情感就像对待孩子一样。多少爱猫爱狗人士因猫狗被抓、被虐吃在精神上受到极大的伤害,有的痛不欲生,有的日以泪洗面、有的家庭因此老人生病,有的人的猫狗被抓后急得四处托人找猫狗贩子猫救狗,花多少钱都愿意找回自己的爱犬。

食用猫狗对人体健康潜在极大的危害,市场上销售的猫狗肉是没有经过任何部门的检验检疫,它严重威胁着广大人民健康甚至生命安全,事实上作为食肉动物的科学研究已经证实猫狗肉并不比其他食物更有营养,在国家高度重视人们的食品卫生安全问题的今天,作为政府官员更不应该去鼓励不健康不安全的饮食习惯。在2005年12月出版的最新一期《自然》杂志上,美国科学家公布的犬类基因图谱表明,狗与人类基因相似,人类基因比犬类多300余个;狗有360多种遗传疾病与人类相同。许多狗很容易患有与人类同样的基因疾病,如癌症、心脏病、聋哑、失明和免疫性神经系统疾病等。食用与人类相同基因的动物非常不安全。因为猫狗具有360多种人畜共患病,这些疾病很可能会通过食用猫狗而传播到人体身上。一旦爆发疫情后果将不堪设想,2003年的那场因滥吃动物造成的“非典”疫情的教训时刻都在提醒着我们不要犯同样的错误。
从感情上讲:与人类相同基因的伴侣动物猫狗作为人类的朋友和生产工具更不应该用于食物,现在出售的猫狗肉大部份是非法偷盗贩卖的黑色产业链的牺牲品,食用猫狗肉等于助长了这些残忍,等于是黑色产业链的帮凶。
积德修善,莫过息嗔戒杀。
仁爱众生,当行护生放生。
猫狗在生活中陪伴我们,给我们带来快乐,许多科学研究指出人们通过与宠物相伴,可以由此获得心理和身体健康方面的改善和提高免疫功能,舒缓生活及感情压力、为家人带来欢笑和喜乐、减少空巢老人和病人的孤独及老年痴呆症。现在,越来越多的现代人开始把猫狗当作家庭和社会友好、忠诚的重要成员,饲养宠物的人数在中国迅速增长。猫狗已经逐渐的成为家庭乃至社会的重要一员。
并且狗狗们帮助人类完成许多我们无法胜任的工作,当四川5·12汶川大地震和雅安大地震深埋在废墟下的遇难者有百分之七十五以上的生还者都是它们搜救出来的,它们为2008奥运会、广交会等众多活动的顺利举办提供有效可靠的安保工作,它们充当盲人的眼睛带领盲人运动员点燃2008残奥会圣火,它们协助警察保家护国,充当公民的安全卫士。此外,越来越多的研究也表明,狗能够比传统的医学诊断方法更早地从病人身上发现癌症。
猫狗是我们人类的朋友和生产工具,而不是食物。在今天我们已经有如此多的食物选择,为什么还要将我们的朋友和安全卫士送上餐桌,让它们承受如此多的痛苦?食用猫狗肉,等于助长了这些残忍,等于鼓励了那些非法捕杀偷盗行为。
因为猫狗不适合集中饲养作为肉食,而一些商家为暴利驱使,为了满足个别人的口腹之欲,就采取偷盗猫狗的不法行为。大量的猫狗被偷盗捕杀,大量非法贩卖屠杀行为和黑色产业链因此产生,最终导致全国各地多次发生宠物主人和猫狗肉贩子之间的激烈冲突,给社会埋下不安定的隐患,也是与十八大提出的构建和谐社会和生态文明、实现中国梦背道而驰的。
如果玉林政府不取缔这个惨绝人寰的夏至日“荔枝狗肉节”,就是鼓励食用猫狗肉,已成为推动非法偷盗、黑色产业链的帮凶。没有消费就没有杀戮,请玉林政府的父母官看清当今形势,落实李克强总理关于食品安全问题的重要讲话,更进一步的关心民生健康,绝不应该让不科学、不安全、不卫生、不文明的残杀人类最忠实的伴侣动物这样的饮食风俗视作“文化”加以尊重和推崇,文化和传统不应成为残忍和不文明的借口。许多不人道的“传统”如,蓄奴、女性裹脚、童养媳、及吸鸦片等,都在人类文明的发展中被强制性摒弃了。而且全球一百多个国家和地区都出台禁吃猫狗肉,猫狗已经受到了法律的保护禁止被虐待和食用,野蛮残忍的滥吃虐杀风俗文化,这只是少部分人的陋习,不应提倡。
我们真诚的希望玉林政府能尽快落实李克强总理关于食品安全重大问题讲话;以实施“食品放心工程”为契机,民以食为天,食以安为先,配合我国六部委通知;严厉打击私屠滥宰、未经检验的肉食品上市,保证人们身体健康,为创造美丽玉林、幸福家园和谐健康的旅游城市彻底取缔玉林愚昧无知、野蛮残忍、残暴血腥、不文明的“夏至荔枝狗肉节”。

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