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  • The dog meat markets in China are a wretched industry. The dog meat trade is thriving — even celebrated in some areas like the Yulin festival.

Where do the dog markets get their fare? Some are strays or simply stolen, but many are bred in a mill process solely for consumption. The number of dogs consumed in China each year is in the millions, possibly as high as 10 million according to some estimates. From the NYT: “The meat, culled from farmed animals that are mixtures of Chinese dogs and St. Bernards or other big breeds, are served stewed, roasted, or sliced in a hot pot.”

Yulin, a city in Guangxi province, famed for its dog-meat culture, features a yearly festival “which involves the mass consumption of dog-meat hotpot serves with lychees and strong grain liquor,” according to The Guardian. Approximately 10,000 dogs are killed for the one-day festival and animal activists claim many of the dogs are stolen. City officials offered assurances that all the Yulin festival dogs are raised by local farmers.”

There is certainly an element of class warfare at play. China’s burgeoning middle class may be viewing dogs in a new light, but those left behind — the peasant class — haven’t take the same shine. In 2011, the Washington Post reported that a Chinese man posted online threats to kill a dog every day until animal rights groups gave money to the poor as well. “I felt I had to do something to represent the grass-roots people. I grew up in a poor village. We raised one dog to watch the door and one to be killed in the Lunar New Year because we were too poor to buy pork. I don’t understand what’s wrong with that,” said Zhu Guangbing.

Dog consumption is tangled up in history, cultural shifts, class warfare, and the free market. Complex issues notwithstanding, the “fragrant meat” trade is simply vile.

(See here and here for Daily Mail photos of market-bound dogs.)

 

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Paki intellect (not verified)
on Oct 19, 2013

So do they feed dog meat to the dogs and do the dogs eat it..?

Anonymous (not verified)
on Oct 28, 2013

This treatment of dogs is no different than the treatment of America's farm animals to Asiatic cultures. If Americans happen to have an issue with the intricacies of allowing uncurtailed immigration into America, then multiculturalism should be discouraged at times when what it includes is either loved or hated. Immigration not based on race cannot be based on independent culture.

Anonymous (not verified)
on Jan 11, 2014

I do not see western cultures boiling lambs, calves and pigs alive, nor stuffing 50 into a tiny crate that is thrown to the ground from the top of one of those horrendous meat wagons, so that the animals inside can be tortured to death. You just need to see all the videos out there and then you will understand how wrong China is to do this. Unfortunately it is the Chinese government that fails to stop the torture and educate its people.

Anonymous (not verified)
on Mar 21, 2014

That's how they kill their chicken/lamb/pigs/cows too...
How do western cultures kill chicken/lamb/pigs/cows by the way?? Have you ever worked in the farming industry??

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