Yulin Dog and Cat Meat Festival – A Dog Is What Makes A Home.

I remember the day I went to collect my dogs, Itchy and Scratchy, like it was yesterday. I remember them cuddled up together, bundles of black fluff, in the carrier box next to me as we drove home. I had to resist the urge the entire way not to get them out and fuss over them and as you can imagine for an 8 year old girl it required a lot of will power!

I have always grown up with animals around me as I’m sure many of you have done as well. With beautiful parts of the British countryside dotted around even the busied of cities, it’s hard to miss! My best friends as a child were my dogs. I did everything with them, we grew older together. That is one of the most special relationships anyone can have. For me, a dog is what makes a home.

Being here in China, I must say, culturally it is the furthest away from ‘home’ I have ever been. Whilst it has undeniably beautiful landscapes, fascinating architecture and interesting ancient history – I’m afraid it has been tainted and stained with the attitudes and actions of some of its residents.

With the Yulin Dog and Cat Meat Festival just days away now, preparations are well and truly underway. It is believed by participators that by eating dog and cat meat along with lychee and wine it will promote good health. In fact, it is proven to have no extra nutritional value than any other commonly eaten meat. With over 100 slaughter houses in Yulin (not including the illegal ones) approximately 20,000 dogs and cat are currently confined right this second awaiting massacre.

From my experiences so far, there are many people who view animals as nothing but alarm systems and a source of income. Just yesterday I went to my first market. Although I have tried to prepare myself for what I might see, you can never know how you will react until it is right in front of you. I was shocked. A young kitten, pictured below, sat in the corner of his cage was shaking with fear as fingers were stuffed through the bars trying to prod and poke him. Tiny rabbits, too young to be away from their mum, huddled together too scared to move. Puppies in cages left out in the rain. Sadly local Chinese people have become desensitised to the cruelty and it becomes invisible to them. The look of confusion on their faces when they see you looking disapprovingly as they fling young rabbits about is an expression I will never forget.

A few hundred miles away in Yulin, the conditions of this market probably sounds appealing to those poor individuals in the slaughter houses. I cannot even begin to imagine how terrified they must be.

I know many of you have joined me and the thousands of others by signing the petitions but I ask you once again to share, share and share! Get the message out there. It’s not too late yet but it soon will be. The links to the petitions again will be below, so please sign if you haven’t already!



Thank you all so much, Megan McCubbin.

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