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Dogs, Cats, Cows, and Pigs

Animal rights advocates are reporting a victory in their fight against an annual dog meat festival in China, saying that officials in the southern city of Yulin had agreed to ban the sale of dog meat in the week before the event.

No city officials reached on Thursday were able to confirm the ban, and dog restaurants contacted by the BBC said they had not heard anything about it.

The Humane Society International and the Duo Duo Project, an animal advocacy group based in California, announced news of the ban on Thursday, citing reports from Chinese animal rights advocates and dog meat traders in Yulin. ...
It remains to be seen to what extent a ban will be enforced. ...
...activists expect that most, if not all, of the dog meat vendors will resume selling once the ban is lifted. In addition, it is unclear whether the prohibition extends to cats, which are also consumed during the festival, though their meat is less popular. ...
...many residents say they feel they have been unfairly targeted. Eating dog meat and lychees during the summer solstice, they argue, is a longstanding local custom, and no different from eating cows or pigs. ...
As pet ownership rates have risen, local animal rights advocates have become more active....
- AMY QIN, China’s Dog Meat Festival May Have to Cancel the Dog, Activists Say, NYT, MAY 18, 2017


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