Contrary to what most people may believe, the annual dog meat festival in Guangxi Zhuang, China, that celebrated the local tradition of eating dog meat on the summer solstice on Saturday, was illegal says Chinese judicial experts and animal specialists in the country.
According to ECNS, “More than 40 specialists, including law professors, lawyers and animal rights activists, signed an agreement to shut down the festival on Friday, saying such a “tradition” will affect China’s image overseas and should be banned.”
The annual festival, which took place on 21st June 2014 in Yulin, has been shrouded in controversy with reports that most of the dog meat that was served at the festival allegedly coming from the black market.
The decision to eat dog meat depends on the individual and there are no Chinese laws that govern that, however the trade related to dog meat is illegal according to current Chinese laws.
There are no dog farms or legal slaughter houses in China, which means dog meat found and sold in different establishments in China is not traceable and have not been monitored or regulated by authorities – resulting in health hazards and the possible spread of diseases.