Dog meat is considered a delicacy in parts of China, but there’s growing opposition to it.
This year, amid pressure from animal rights groups and the rising number of Chinese who keep dogs as pets, the government issued a one-week ban on the sale of dog meat in Yulin, a city in southern China. The ban came in June, a week before Yulin’s annual dog meat festival where about 10,000 dogs–most of them stolen pets–are inhumanely killed. People in some countries, like China, are killing dogs for meals, not keeping them as pets.
I believe that dogs shouldn’t be killed for meals. The brief ban on the sale of dog meat in Yulin is a start, but Western and Chinese animal rights activists are pressing for wider change. “The dog meat industry is an affront to young people in China,” says Peter Li of the Human Society International. “Many [of them] have grown up with dogs in their homes.”