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Why China should host the 2019 World Dog Show

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The Yulin Lychee and Dog Meat Festival has been attracting criticism ever since its inauguration in 2009, but this year, protests have been especially vocal.

Dog-lovers condemned the festival’s plan to eat up to 15,000 dogs in celebration of the summer solstice. Animal rights activists responded by pointing out that the dog lovers are hypocrites, as most of them eat factory-farmed animals every day.

In turn, this has led to accusations from other parties that the animal-rights activists are hypocrites for caring about factory-farmed animals, while wearing clothes made in sweatshops.

In fact, the only people who seem to have dodged the hypocrite label are the organizers of the actual festival, who have been fairly straightforward about their plans to eat, and keep eating, a lot of dogs.

The cruelty surrounding the Dog Meat Festival is undeniable. Activists report that the dogs eaten at the festival were often stolen family pets, shipped for hundreds of miles in cramped conditions and frequently skinned or boiled alive.

Despite the festival ending on Monday, 22 June, the outrage has not disappeared and a petition to stop China hosting the 2019 World Dog Show (WDS) gained 48,000 signatures in 3 days.

The International Canine Federation (FCI) has released a statement explaining that China will be hosting the show and that ‘the FCI sees it as an excellent opportunity to raise awareness among the Chinese population that the dog, our beloved friend, is a member of our families, a living entity and most of all, Man’s best Friend [sic]’.

If anything, this seems to have inflamed protesters further, with more than 10,000 signing the petition overnight and many claiming that it is hypocritical for China to host the festival. There’s that word again.

The FCI’s statement is patronizing at best and racist at worst (especially that suggestion that Chinese people need to be taught about compassion by enlightened Westerners), but they do make a valid point that China has as much right to host the WDS as any other country.

The protestors’ petition calls for a ‘more compassionate country’ to host the WDS, but where is this lovely sounding place?

Every single country capable of hosting the WDS has some record of animal cruelty: whether it’s the way stray cats and dogs are treated, lack of animal welfare laws or, yes, eating a lot of meat.

Between now and 2019, the countries due to host the WDS include Russia, a country without any animal welfare legislation and where the only form of dog control is mass poisonings by unqualified ‘dog hunters’, and Ecuador, where on the streets of its capital city Quito alone, there are estimated to be more than 190,000 stray dogs.

The Dog Meat Festival has helped fuel outrage over China’s successful bid but – wait for it –  it is hypocritical to condemn China while ignoring animal rights abuses in other host nations.

One thing noticeably missing from this debate has been proper acknowledgement of the fact that the Chinese authorities don’t condone the Dog Meat Festival, that Chinese animal rights activists were the first to protest the festival and that Chinese celebrities used their platforms to speak out against animal cruelty.

This was a local festival, confined to a relatively small part of China, but the majority of Western protesters have ignored all the support and solidarity they’ve received from Chinese people themselves.

In the West (and specifically in Britain, where this new petition originated) we are too quick to buy into the notion of China as a heartless, alien nation.

This blatant racism is reflected in the petition’s signatures: ‘We all know the cruel treatment dogs are given in China, absurd that a country like that is even considered!’; ‘After allowing the barbaric festival to carry on, we as a nation of dog lovers will not condone you hosting one of the biggest shows. Hypocrites, I think, is the word I am looking for’ and ‘U are a vile country full of vile people who ’ave no respect for animals.’

The above statements are taken from the top 5 most popular signatures on the petition, as voted for by other people who’ve signed it.

China should be allowed to host the 2019 World Dog Show.

They entered a successful bid, they have acknowledged their own failings when it comes to animal rights (both in the bid and since the festival), they are no better or worse than any other country lining up to host.

But, most importantly, we need to get over the idea that our racist misconceptions about China should be enough to take the WDS away from them. 

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  1. #1 Angry Reader 26 Jun 15

    Mr. Devaney. I am not a meat eater and I do not wear leather products or use products made from animal bi-products. So I do not believe I am a hypocrite for saying: You are an utter moron. I hope you do not own a dog. These activists aren't hypocrits because they don't agree with the Yulin Festival or because they don't want China to host the world dog show. A dog is not a food source they are a companion. Even if they were there should be a standard of treatment and respect which these creatures have not been shown in this barbaric festival.

    Either way, if this is how you feel about mans best friend, I'd sure hate to be your friend.

  2. #2 Lory Carr 26 Jun 15

    After the way they treat dogs, why would even consider them for a dog show? They should not host a show since they have no consideration for dogs.

  3. #3 Ben 26 Jun 15

    This is a ridiculous article making ridiculous comparisons. You should NOT reward a country that has laws and could block such a vile, inhumane event as Yulin dog eating festival with hosting a dog show that celebrates such intelligent animals. Period.

  4. #4 Joanne 26 Jun 15

    As a former volunteer with a medical charity serving the poorest nations in Africa a great deal of exploitation and environmental harm came at the hands of businesses from China. The author is right in that not all people in China can be characterized as being the same as those who are the most unscrupulous. But I certainly understand how advocacy aims to influence an entire nation, directly and through boycotts. to bring its worst members into line. 4

    There is also an entire world of controversy and ethical conflict about animal welfare choices, with the treatment of farm animals being a huge one. The fact that companion animals are stolen and used as a food source for those who consider dogs a meat source is, in my opinion, wrong and grounds to take the nation of China to task for this egregious behavior of some of its citizens. Today I just filed a complaint with the Florida Attorney General about the actions of one of its citizens. I don't stereotype the Florida government and all of its citizens as in the wrong, but I sure do expect the Florida government to use its authority to put a stop to the activity.

  5. #5 LEANN 26 Jun 15

    Are you kidding me? You think the outrage is about race?? This has nothing to do with race, it has to do with the horrible torture of animals and I will speak out against animal abuse whether it be in China, Russia, or the USA. it makes no difference to me what color you are if you are an abuser you need to be stopped. China needs to ’ENFORCE’ the laws against dog meat but the authorities turn their eyes and even go so far as to say it isn't happening. You need to do just a little more research into what it's like to be a meat dog in China. Not much better to be a pig in US either, I'm against both.

  6. #6 Jackie McNeiley 26 Jun 15

    China should NOT host the 2019 World Dog Show. China's government had the means to end the dog meat festival in Yulin. They chose to allow/ignore the kidnapping of thousands of dogs, the strays that deserved more compassion and the global out cry against the horrid methods of killing these dogs/cats. The methods used against these poor animals prior to eating them as ’food’ are against the morals of any well established, sane municipality. For China to host a dog show of any sort is understating what occurs yearly in Yulin; a part of China, right?
    Yes.
    JacMcNeiley MS

  7. #7 Jack Vanderwyk 27 Jun 15

    I witness this racism. Speaking of the Chinese people in a way that is generalising and abusive, saying ’they're all the same’, ’they're filthy people’, ’they all eat dogs’, is racism.

    The Chinese Kennel Club (CKU), the more than 40 Chinese organizations who fight animal cruelty in their country, the millions of Chinese people who love dogs as pets, not as food, deserve the 2019 WDS, as it will help them to change things in China, just as the 2008 Beijing Olympics brought changes.

    Further more, these organizations and these people are not supporters of this Chinese government. You can't hold them responsible for the actions of their government.

    Will these racists stop visiting their local Chinese restaurants? Will they stop using their China made smart phones? I don't think so.

    As of the early 21st Century, dog meat consumption in China is declining or disappearing. In January 2010 a law is being drafted which would make it illegal to eat or sell dog and cat meat in China. Under the Anti-Animal Cruelty Law, those who break the rules would face a fine of up to 5,000 yuan (£453) and 15 days in prison. In 2014, dog meat sales decreased by a third compared to 2013. It was reported that in 2015, one of the most popular restaurants in Guangzhou serving dog meat was closed after the local government tightened regulations; the restaurant had served dog meat dishes since 1963. Other restaurants that served dog and cat meat dishes in the Yuancun and Panyu districts also stopped serving these in 2015.

  8. #8 Nina 27 Jun 15

    They should not.Norway has written to the WDS/FCI saying they will boycott as will the English KC. These are two groups who see the clear ethical contradiction in a prestigious canine event being held in a state that condones and prmotes Yulin festival, what is it? It is the torture of dogs, systematic, creatively.Flaying alive, boiling alive, electrocutions, beatings, repeat all. The idea is the pain and suffering results in more delicious meat.

    Google Yulin festival to see just what is involved and why ANYONE with any ethical bone cannot attend an official canine event there until such stops forever.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3134200/Heart-breaking-image-puppy-unaware-skinned-alive-cooked-China-s-annual-dog-meat-festival.html

  9. #9 Barbz 27 Jun 15

    Charities ARE trying to stop cruelty to animals in other countries and many people signing the petition to stop dog-eating festivals in China support them. We DO know that there are local Chinese people trying to stop the dog-eating festivals. How do you know that ’most people’ signing the petition eat factory-farmed meat every day? I don't, so don't make comments as if they are facts.

  10. #10 Susan Harris 27 Jun 15

    I cannot remember reading a more ignorant article in recent times. The Yulin Festival is about boiling animals alive, skinning animals alive, stealing people's pets, blow torching animals, choking them to death with cords, slitting animals throats, stuffing animals in cages so they are pinned and cannot move, starving animals to death, breaking animals back legs and then trussing the broken legs up on their backbones....but oh yet....this country deserves to have a dog show in 2019. Are you that ignorant or do you need to write an article that people will read to keep you job.

  11. #11 Susan Harris 27 Jun 15

    I cannot remember reading a more ignorant article in recent times. The Yulin Festival is about boiling animals alive, skinning animals alive, stealing people's pets, blow torching animals, choking them to death with cords, slitting animals throats, stuffing animals in cages so they are pinned and cannot move, starving animals to death, breaking animals back legs and then trussing the broken legs up on their backbones....but oh yet....this country deserves to have a dog show in 2019. Are you that ignorant or do you need to write an article that people will read to keep you job.

  12. #12 Marietta 28 Jun 15

    Mr Devaney, there is something seriously wrong with your ’moral compass’. It needs urgent repair!

  13. #13 Sam Leggatt 28 Jun 15

    In actual fact, many people supporting these petitions acknowledge the fact that there are many thousands of Chinese people against the barbarity and torture that is YuLin. We are aware now hard it is for activists in China so we are actively supporting them. The protest is not simply about eating dog meat, but about the torture endured by the animals plus the risk to human health from rabies and other dog related disease. I therefore respectfully suggest that before you jump on the 'racist' or 'hypocrite' bandwagon you figure out the real reasons for yourself.

  14. #14 Beulah 28 Jun 15

    Enjoying all the comments (good, bad, and from those who clearly haven't read the article) but it's Ms Devaney, Mr Devaney is my father. Cheers!

  15. #15 Cam Steele 28 Jun 15

    I am guessing that the author leads a sheltered life and has not followed any world news concerning the global wildlife slaughter and environmental issues? I am thinking this must also be the case of the FCI.

    China - Conducts the most disgusting practice of Tiger farming. Where Tigers are kept in cages and enclosures, starved to death for their bones for Chinese Traditional medicine - wine! yes the Yulin Dog festival can be added to that. Along with Bear farms for Bile. It is now believed to soon be Rhino farms, following the import of Rhinos from Sth Africa.

    Add to this the disgusting Elephant slaughter raging thru Africa, where approx 35 000 Elephants are illegally slaughtered to supply Ivory to the illegal, but quietly condoned carving markets and trinket trade of China. The equally sickening Rhino slaughter, where China and Vietnam are driving the Global Rhino slaughter for Chinese traditional medicine. The Western black Rhino is now extinct, as is Vietnam's Javan Rhino. The Norther White rhino now numbers 5 and is doomed. Lions are being slaughtered and their bones are making their way to China as a replacement for Tiger bones. Tigers are being slaughtered thru ought Asia, to supply bones for their wine Industry. Pangolins of Asia and Africa are now the most poached and trafficked animal on the planet. Facing a doomed future. One of the main destinations - China. The illegal Whale Shark slaughter houses of China, Butchering the worlds highly protected Whale Shark.

    The illegal mass destruction of Rosewood forests for China's insatiable market. Illegal logging in Mozambique and right thru central and West Africa of which 77% Chinese Citizens are personally involved in, for their mainland market.

    A herd of baby Elephants have been accumulated in Zimbabwe. Stolen from their wild mothers and readying transport right now for China.

    I gather they are still the invading nation of Tibet and still threatening Taiwan to return to Chinas Dominance and still threatening Japan over its northern Islands and Ocean boundaries?

    And this nations is deemed fit to host an international dog show???? And there are people promoting this??? You must be kidding. This has to be an April fools? ’No better or worse than any other nation lining up’. Way too much for me....

  16. #16 Jonathan C 28 Jun 15

    As a vegetarian for over 13 years now and proud supporter of animal rights I have believe I am justified in saying this is ridiculous. How can someone with any sense at all think this to be a good idea?
    You're right that there is animal abuse and horror stories in every country but this is about as blatant a disregard for dogs as I've ever heard. It's not about any other animals here, just the dogs. How can we reward this city by allowing them to hold this respected event when they have demonstrated their lack of empathy and respect towards these animals?
    You can argue the government doesn't condone it but they allow the atrocity to take place so that's condoning it in itself.

    Call it what you want but would you go and let a pedophile judge a children's modeling contest?

    Give me a break, they don't deserve the privilege!

  17. #17 erika 28 Jun 15

    What rubbish. It is not racism that requires the world DOG show be taken away from china, it is the CONSUMPTION - after boiling and skinning alive stolen companions - of DOGS.

  18. #18 Furious reader 28 Jun 15

    They should never be allowed this prestigious show in their country. Not one official in that area who could of done something did, they just turned a blind eye. Tons of stolen pets should of been saved right off the bat. Then they should have checked for proper paper work. They would of found none and could of saved thousands more. BUT NO ONE DID ANYTHING!!! The torture those animals endured still enrages me. Mouths tied shut, legs tied together, boiled alive, skinned alive, beaten to nearly death & dragged around like garbage, and tied up and burnt alive. It was nothing but sadistic torture. You can't teach monsters that can do this to anything living a new respect. Take the dog show to a more deserving country. You will spark tremendous outrage if you hold it there.

  19. #19 Hong Bee Yeng 01 Jul 15

    China not qualified to be the host until they stopped Dog Meat Festival at any state included Yulin.

  20. #20 b 01 Jul 15

    I don't think anyone will read this to be honest but I've got a few things to say.

    The Yulin festival does not take place in all of China, it takes place in Yulin which is in the Guangxi province. That is only one province out of 23 provinces in China. Yulin is not a major city in Guangxi, it would be around the 14th most populated city in the province. So saying that China should stop, you are basically saying that all of China abuses and eats dog when in fact it is only happening in a small city in one province. The World Dog Show is apparently going to be held in Shanghai, which is in Eastern China, whereas Guangxi is in the south. Two both different places.

    Also some of you do not understand that not everyone in the world follows western beliefs and culture. Some animals like pigs and cows are sacred in other cultures but in western countries we do eat them. And the treatment of livestock too is bad. There are activists in China, let them deal with it and deal with your own animal rights here.

    China should be able to hold the World Dog Show.

  21. #21 Anna 09 Jul 15

    so Ms.Devaney 'ENJOYS' the comments? really? and all she had to answer was she's not Mr. but Ms.?
    Ms.Devaney, ur article is incoherent,your arguments are invalid.
    why do u use 'racism' as a scarecrow to shut up the opponents of that hellish tradition of torturing & devouring dogs? u claim that the world dog show is going to wake the awareness among the Chinese population that dog is not food but man's best friend? don't u realize that u urself are taking the position of an enlightened 'westerner' teaching uneducated 'aborigens'? so who is a racist here?
    btw, some tribes still gorge on human flesh. it's their 'cultural' tradition. what about holding beauty contests there to stop cannibalism?.. according to ur logic it's gonna work. ridiculous?
    No, the state that has no power or will to stop the sadistic tradition on its own territory has NO right to host the World Dog Show.

  22. #22 Pierre 09 Jul 15

    When you write - ’In the West (and specifically in Britain, where this new petition originated) we are too quick to buy into the notion of China as a heartless, alien nation’ - are you not engaging in the same ’blatant racism [. . .] reflected in the petition’s signatures,’ namely generalising about a whole population group starting from the views and actions of a minority. Every time I read or hear about something bad done by the ’West’, (whatever that means), I am reminded of those bad Luxemburgers, and Icelanders, (or any other ’bad’ ’Western’ group). Fighting ethnocentrism (which is more appropriate than the term racism, at least here, IMHO) by an another form of ethnocentrism is a bad way of fighting ethnocentrism. As for dog meat, why would it be worse than any other meat? Why defend only the cute or partly anthroporphised animals? Food too is culturally relative. Ask those who dislike pork or beef eaters, or snake blood drinkers, not to mention seal and whale meat eaters. Disgusting, like beauty, is in the eye (or palate) of the beholder.

  23. #23 Julie larter 10 Jul 15

    Call me a hypocrite, I can cope with that. What I can't cope with is China's need to eat any living animal pushing many species to the brink of distinction,there is simply no need to eat all these beautiful creatures, tradition evolves with the times, times dictate that the slaughter and cruelty of peaceful and beautiful animals is no longer necessary. I am a meat eater and a clothes wearer obviously but a careful one with a mind to eat humanely farmed meat. No they should not host the games they have not earned the right by offering money alone!!

  24. #24 Susan Lopez 12 Jul 15

    The whole country of China is evil and until their nasty government decides to develop laws to protect animals, NO they do not deserve the right to host any typeof animal show period. The only thing China wants is money and the recognition. Good press or bad press China doesn't care just as long as their name is in the spotlight. The whole damn lot of those animal abusing people of China can just burn in hell! Where they belong. I wouldn't trust them with any dogs in their eyesight. They would just find a way to kill them then eat them. The writer of this article can also go right to hell with them too.

  25. #25 BARRETEAU SOPHIE 25 Jul 15

    NO RIGHT FOR CHINA !
    no matter if the massacre is only in Yulin, Chinese people are crual with all poor dogs And you think that China can be the host of the 2019 WDS. Its incredible, Shame on them

  26. #26 Melania 27 Jul 15

    Cannot believe I am reading these statements here, shame on the writer; I don't think you should be writing about animal rights.

  27. #27 Karen sweatman 09 Aug 15

    Obviously you are not aware of the depth of their depravity towards animals. I find it unconscionable to allow them to host a dog show at any level. Perhaps someone should tell them that the dogs can't be boiled alive and eaten after the show. They would probably withdraw their bid.

  28. #28 Denise Gindhart 12 Aug 15

    It is pretty sad when you have to tell people why China should not host 2019 World Dog Show. Let us start with its lack of compassion towards human life as well as animal life. Forced abortions,dog/cat meat trade. Sorry, these animals help people see, touch, do chores for them when the people cannot. They love and are companions and help save human life from its depraved state. China does not deserve to host such a wonderful show. Also, it is a Communist country. This seems so awkward to state what everyone knows, but apparently do not about. They torture these animals horribly and laugh, beat and skin them alive. They force women to get abortions at 8 or 9 months if they are having a girl. Any advertiser for this show if it is held in China will never, never get any of my business. I spend lots of money on animal food. I also feed homeless animals as well which cost money. You better think before you act. It is bad enough everything we own is made over there and the people in the U.S. do not have any work.

  29. #29 Bonita Fawcett 26 Aug 15

    No - your article was ridiculous - trying to justify why China should hold the world dog contest. No justification for the brutality and inhumane methods they used to kill these dogs, may I remind you killing a dog with a blowtorch - while it's alive and muddled then throwing it into a pan of boiling water is just simply torturous and barbaric. China has done nothing to stop this and then wants to hold a dog contest to show its people how to treat them. Load of rubbish and to compare the way these dogs were slaughtered to people who eat meat etc... Is a joke. No country treats dogs in this sickening disgusting vile manner.
    China do not have the right to hold a dog contest in one part of its country and then allow this sickening festival to take place in another - it's not ok and they've made no effort to stop this festival. China does not deserve to win a bid to hold this dog show.

  30. #30 Maxine Cairns 27 Aug 15

    I deplore the thought of any animal suffering, especially being tortoured in the name of ’better tasting meat’ the Chinese have one of the worst records on earth for animal cruelty, BUT nothing is ever said of the millions of animals that are kept in squalid, cramped conditions in dark sheds to feed the need for cheap meat, that's very rarely talked about, WHY? Because it's the US & that's ok....hypocrites

  31. #31 Evvmarie McMeekin 11 Sep 15

    CHINA DOES NOT DESERVE THE PRIVILEGE OF HOSTING THE 2019 WORLD DOG SHOW. CLEARLY THEY DO NOT VALUE AND LOVE CANINES OR RESPECT THE VALUE OF CANINE LIVES AND THEIR RIGHT TO HUMANE TREATMENT.

    PLEASE BOYCOTT THE 2019 DOG SHOW IN CHINA AND PROTEST THEIR RIGHT TO HOST THIS SHOW FOR THE SOLE PURPOSE OF REVENUE INCOME FROM THE SHOW AND IT'S PARTICIPANTS.

  32. #34 KarenMerle Adams 30 Jan 16

    Have you lost your mind??? China is the LAST PLACE that should be considered for any dog show, much less the 2019 World Dog Show. The fact that other countries have ’some record of animal cruelty’ in no way justifies what will appear to be condoning what the Chinese do to dogs. I certainly would never take my dog to China for any reason or any amount of money.

  33. #35 stephen adamo 04 Feb 16

    correct me if i'm wrong. China has NO cruelty to animal laws at all. So if a dog goes wandering down the street and a chinese man smacks it in the head with a stick, smashing its skull and killing the animal. He could then put the dog in a plastic bag, take it home and eat it. Even if witnessed by an officer of the law. I don't think that would fly in any other country

  34. #36 Connie 10 Feb 16

    China hosting a Dog Show? Are they serious! They eat there dogs and not only that they are tortured on purpose to tenderise the Meat. Get them out of the running they are the most uncompassionate countries in the world.. Boo for China

  35. #37 Huong 20 Feb 16

    You are an idiot!!!! These are family pets stolen away from the arms of their loving families who care about their wellbeing and emotional needs, who will be brokenhearted to helplessly watch their family members be taken away, knowing they will be treated like this. They are crushed into this barbaric practice and forced to suffer from unimaginable torture and indescribable pain. Every country has its history of animal cruelty but by celebrating and defending this festival in China, you are encouraging the suffering of not only the animals but the people who love them too. Fine if this decision is to raise awareness of animal cruelty in China. But if you are saying the happening of this festival is worth it then you are the most hypocritical of them all!!!!!!!!

  36. #38 Greg 19 Apr 16

    I've never read such a pathetic uneducated moronic piece or journalism. It's not the eating of dogs it's the fact that the Chinese believe that the mire pain they suffer then the more tender the meat will be. They CHOP THE PAWS OFF. Skin them alive BOIL THEM ALIVE!!! How dare you call this racism you moron

  37. #40 Jo Ardell 19 May 16

    Why should ANY Country, who does NOT STOP, A Poor Dog from being Skinned Alive, host ANY Dog Show?!I am Vegan, for what it is worth, and I will Not Condone intentional TORTURE of Dogs or Cats! It is Wrong, on All Counts.

  38. #41 rory bennet 10 Jun 16

    they skin dogs alive FFS, so get of your high horse

  39. #42 jasara Pack 22 Jun 16

    It is not racist to despise animal cruelty-whether it is in China or anywhere else-To use the excuse that other countries also treat animals badly does not excuse this disgusting vile ’festival’-Your support and acceptance of this shows what a pathetic excuse for a human being you are-may you rest in hell

  40. #43 tara 28 Jun 16

    China slowly tortures(to release cortisol hormone in the mistaken belief this will enhance male sexuality if imbibed)murders and eats millions of dogs, many of whom have been stolen. You invalidate the deep concerns animal protection activists have, saying they are hypocrites because they eat animals like cows. Huh? Most animal protection activists are vegans, first of all. Secondly, this would not invalidate the mass torture and murder of millions of dogs and cats. Have you seen what they do to these poor animals? I have witness animals being blowtorched alive, boiled alive while chained to the bottom of the cauldron to prevent escape, skinned alive, butchered slowly-all to prolong the excruciating suffering. If this keeps up, more and more people will boycott all products coming from this country. We outfitted our home with all new appliances and a car; normally we would have bought Korean products but went American. Money talks where conscience fails.

  41. #44 Josie Mullen 14 Jul 16

    How is it that comments should only be about why China should host the World Dog Show? How about a balanced debate. First of all, the Chinese government is NOT a democracy. You say they don't condone dog/cat meat festivals....do me a favour. This is a country where human rights are abused on a daily basis. This is a country where wildlife on the brink of extinction are used for their body parts in vast numbers....and nothing is done. Amphibians made into 'live' keyrings, tiger bones made into wine, elephant tusks made into a whole range of products,rhino horn powdered down and used as ridiculous medications. Yes, China is not alone but they are one of the worst offenders

  42. #45 Bonita 17 Jul 16

    I wonder if Beulah Devaney has had the pleasure of watching the suffering at the hands of the dog meat butchers. I highly doubt it, anyone who observes that would never 'sanitize' it down to comparisons. Our system of animal farming in the west has it's problems, and most animal activists are involved in that as well, not just dog and cat meat.

    Halal and kosher are inherently cruel, we're working to stop that. But to even have what the Asians do to animals is worlds apart. Ever watch a cat getting blowtorched in the face while alive? If it impacted Devaney as it has most of us, she wouldn't be making any suggestions to hold a dog shows of all things. In a perfect world, I'd just bomb the hell out of them, but there are good people in China working to wake up the population and stop this evil.

    Stop comparing apples to oranges, if it's cruel and wrong it doesn't matter where a person lives, empathy has no borders. I can't believe you got paid for that article.

  43. #46 Bonita 17 Jul 16

    I wonder if Beulah Devaney has had the pleasure of watching the suffering at the hands of the dog meat butchers. I highly doubt it, anyone who observes that would never 'sanitize' it down to comparisons. Our system of animal farming in the west has it's problems, and most animal activists are involved in that as well, not just dog and cat meat.

    Halal and kosher are inherently cruel, we're working to stop that. But to even have what the Asians do to animals is worlds apart. Ever watch a cat getting blowtorched in the face while alive? If it impacted Devaney as it has most of us, she wouldn't be making any suggestions to hold a dog shows of all things. In a perfect world, I'd just bomb the hell out of them, but there are good people in China working to wake up the population and stop this evil.

    Stop comparing apples to oranges, if it's cruel and wrong it doesn't matter where a person lives, empathy has no borders. I can't believe you got paid for that article.

  44. #47 ANN BATTLE 07 Aug 16

    Are you kidding me? They need to STOP the horrendous Dog meat trade to get anything. We need to condemn them not give them more money. Why would we do this? China is evil for this and needs to stop Yulin and the entire dog meat trade. It is evil and we should give them NOTHING until they stop. The World is watching this evil by China and everyone should shun them!

  45. #48 Hibster 10 Sep 16

    Chinese treatment of dogs

    Skinned alive;
    http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=7ce_1367100652

    Cooked alive, beaten

    http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x11mb3x_the-dogs-skin-skiled-alive_animals?GK_FACEBOOK_OG_HTML5=1

    And these people should host a World Dog show, with the support of dog organisations around the world?

    You say of China ’they are no better or worse than any other country lining up to host.’ They are the lowest nation with respect to animal rights, by far. Perhaps some of their leaders should be skinned alive so they can finally'relate' to the pain they inflict on these helpless animals.

  46. #49 ria 12 Sep 16

    Thank you for the opportunity to refute your view.

    1)This was a local festival, confined to a relatively small part of China

    Response: This ’local’ festival is only the tip of the iceberg. It is targeted because it typifies what is going on all over China. In provinces as far south as Tibet - Xi Chang is an example. The market there is nothing less than alien horror. China, carries on the torture-slaughter of dogs and cats all year round in massive numbers. As if this was not enough, they even market packaged dog meat products to Taiwan and other neighboring countries. This is not ’just a local festival’, it is the poster child for the dog and cat meat trade.


    2)

    2) In turn, this has led to accusations from other parties that the animal-rights activists are hypocrites for caring about factory-farmed animals, while wearing clothes made in sweatshops.

    Response: This is a ridiculous, fallacious argument. Saving dogs from dog meat trucks, or from being boiled alive in pots, from being eaten alive, from being electrocuted, from being torched alive CANNOT BE compared to ’wearing clothes made in sweat shops.’ Our concern is with saving these poor helpless animals. Other people care about sweat shop workers - you should, the companies who perpetrate their atrocities on other human beings should --our concern is with the animals who are cruelly treated. BTW, many of us are vegans, don't wear leather and try our best not to purchase goods made in Chinese, Indian, Thai, Cambodian, Vietnamese, Indonesian and other sweatshops. Many wear clothing that is used in order to not buy new blood garments made by suffering humanity.

    3)Chinese authorities do condone dog and cat meat torture and consumption. Permits are given to dog traders transporting dogs. Permits are given to dog farmers (rural, small, less than 700 dogs, informal) to package dog meat. Permits are given for export of dog meat products. There is an official dog meat butchers' association. Quarantine areas, municipal/police controlled allow dog meat traders disguised as quarantine officers access to rescued by activists dogs. Don't pull the wool over eyes - all this is sanctioned officially - there is a blind spot in the law which is there on purpose to allow this type of cat and mouse game.

    4)They bid and won and should be allowed to host.

    They bid and won and they can host. But no one except the most reprobate will attend.

  47. #50 Marni 16 Sep 16

    ’Torture is not culture.’ -- Alice Walker

    Dogs and cats have just as much a right not to be boiled, skinned, tortured and cut up white they are still alive. It is never right to infringe your ’culture’ or beliefs on another living being. They feel every toruous pain inflicted on them and to say that is ok is arrogant and evil

  48. #51 Cynthia Pulver 24 Sep 16

    It is a sad day when one justifies a depravity to further their own agenda, such is the case with this argument. There are hundreds of petitions each with its own unique text. Yes, if you look for racist wording you will find it. The majority, however, are written by organizations such as Soi Dog, Nami Kim, and other groups who are within Korea and Chinese borders. These people are not racists they are Korean and Chinese.

    Correct is the fact that in all parts of the world can be found the abuse of animals. However, what is important to note is the components of this abuse. How is the animal abused and how long does the animal suffer? Russia poisons feral packs of stray dogs, what is the purpose of doing this? Perhaps for the safety if the Public or to control an outbreak of rabies? China's and Korea's Dog Meat Industry are unique in their methodology and motivation. For the purpose of upholding morality and utility, China should not be the country for the FDI dog show. Therefore, it is my opinion that with all the other countries that abuse dogs considered Korea and China are number 1 and 2 on the list of worst case scenarios.

  49. #52 ANN T BATTLE 14 Oct 16

    THIS IS UNBELIEVABLE! China tortures and eats dogs. it needs to be changed. I am going to tell everyone how horrible you are to allow this!

  50. #53 slv19 05 Feb 17

    How much research have you really done on how this country treats animals?? China simply turns its head when animals are skinned alive, electrocuted, boiled to death in the false belief that the meat tastes better. How in the world could anyone treat man's best friend like this??? There is no way in this world that country or any Asian country should be a host to any dog show or event. ABSOLUTELY NO!!

  51. #54 slv19 05 Feb 17

    How much research have you really done on how this country treats animals?? China simply turns its head when animals are skinned alive, electrocuted, boiled to death in the false belief that the meat tastes better. How in the world could anyone treat man's best friend like this??? There is no way in this world that country or any Asian country should be a host to any dog show or event. ABSOLUTELY NO!!

  52. #55 Marijke Beldman 10 Mar 17

    Racists? We know not all Chinese people torture dogs and cats to death! Yes we have no sympathy for people who have no feelings what so ever for other living beings and do what ever they can to increase the pain and fear for the animals in their hands.
    This is not comparable to the Western Countries in any way and this is about millions of animals and not about one or two.

    A country which is OK with such animal cruelty and has a governement which sends workers door to door to beat dogs and cats to death when they think there are to many and force the owners to watch how there beloved pet is murdered, is not the right country to host a World Dog Show.

    Before you write an article you have to do more research because this crap!!!!!!!

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