Canine meat is considered a delicacy in China, where about £10m worth of dogs and £4m cats are sold for their meat annually.
But 1.5 million people have now signed a petition calling for an end to the cruel festival.
Claire Bass, UK director of Humane Society International (HSI), said: “Yulin is one relatively small example of a much larger, uglier issue that thousands of dedicated Chinese activists are working to stop.
thousands v billion
“Contrary to the assumptions by many in the West, most people in China don’t eat dogs and in fact they are horrified at the thought of a trade that takes their canine companions away from them.”
Sending her support for the petition, actress Dame Judi Dench said: “It fills me with sadness to think that the Yulin dog meat festival is just around the corner again.
“So I wanted to send this message as a symbol of my solidarity with all the thousands of people in China against the dog meat trade, who love their dogs and cats just as much as we do, but who go through the awful heart ache of having them stolen by dog thieves.”
you can’t cooperate with savages
Most dogs and cats caught up in China’s meat trade are believed to be strays snatched from the streets and stolen pets, according to HSI.
Dogs and cats are typically bludgeoned to death in front of each other, put into a de-hairing machine to remove fur, and then blow-torched for sale to markets, the organisation said.
The animals are also still sometimes slaughtered in public places.
“Each year in Asia, millions of dogs are snatched from the streets or stolen from their homes to be tortured and slaughtered for their meat. In South Korea, dogs are bred for consumption in shocking conditions on so-called “dog meat farms”. These dogs spend their entire lives in cages and are then killed in some of the most horrific ways possible.”
So cultured. So loving. So gentle.
Asiaphiles need to educate themselves. They have many cruel practices, they know they are and enjoy them, actively enjoy them.
“The methods employed to kill these innocent dogs are unspeakably vicious. Dogs are routinely blow-torched or flung into vats of boiling water while still alive. They are clubbed or stabbed to death in front of other dogs, as it is believed the sheer terror the dog endures releases adrenaline making the meat taste better.
The dogs rescued by brave and passionate volunteers are usually so badly injured that many don’t survive. But some of them do.”
They help cats too but demand is mostly for dogs.
If you’re flying in one of their areas, they need flight volunteers too.