Festival. What does that word conjure up for you?
For me, festival means celebration, a thing of joy.
Not always the case, unfortunately.
I recently received an e-mail about a campaign to stop the Yulin festival in China. Once I got my head around the fact that this sickening event still takes place I offered to do the little I could to spread awareness in the hope of bringing it finally to an end.
I can’t bring myself to share many stories or photos as this blog is meant to be one of my happy places, but, if you want to see why so many people are up in arms about it, a quick search of #StopYulin should do it.
Many of the celebrities backing this campaign I’ve never heard of but I’m nonetheless pleased that they are. This year, people are posting dog selfies (something Stella and I aren’t unfamiliar with) to support Human Society International.
Most people in China don’t eat dogs, and as the Yulin festival approaches, protests and candlelit vigils are expected to take place across the country. On 14 May in China’s city of Dalian, 100,000 people protested against the Yulin festival. Dog lovers in cities such as Beijing, Shanghai and Dalian are increasingly angered by dog thieves who steal their pets for the meat trade.
Chris Packham, who posed with his poodles Itchy & Scratchy for his #StopYulin selfie, said: “It’s completely wrong to think that people in China don’t care about their dogs like we do. Millions of people across China want the cruel dog meat trade to end, and they are incredibly angry and upset to have their much-loved pets stolen by dog thieves. The annual Yulin dog slaughter is a hideous event, deliberate cruelty to animals in the name of a festival. I hope the Chinese authorities shut it down for good.”
The video below has some pretty horrid stuff in too, but, I did want to share it with you on HSI’s behalf.
You’ll have heard Alesha Dixon, Will Young, and Professor Green mention a petition…here’s the link, please consider adding your name to it.
Take a selfie with a four-legged friend and help spread the #StopYulin message? Stella & I will share a new one too.
Lastly, if can spare a quid or two, please text WOOF03 £3 (or any other amount) to 70070 to donate to help HSI save dogs.
Thank you x