Dog meat has been banned from the 2017 Yulin festival in China that’s slated to take place in just a few weeks. The consumption of dogs in East Asia has been practiced for centuries, but a ten-day festival called the Lychee and Dog Meat Festival is a new cultural gathering that only began in 2010. During the ten-days, the festival promoted the consumption of dogs and hundreds of animals were rounded up, slaughtered, and consumed—causing international outcry. Animal welfare organizations were quick to petition the Chinese government to end the festival, and ban the sale of dog meat, but the government, for the most part, seemed largely unapologetic…until now.
In a press release, the Humane Society International and group Duo Duo Animal Welfare Project said that the city in which the festival takes place will “…prohibit restaurants, street vendors and market traders from selling dog meat at the event.” The ban is in large part thanks to Mo Gong Ming, Yulin’s new party secretary, who will enforce the ban beginning June 15 (a week before the festival).
Those hoping to skirt the ban can face a penalty of up to $14,500.