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LA supervisors condemn dog meat trade

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Los Angeles County Supervisors voted unanimously yesterday to call on the Chinese and South Korean governments to stop slaughtering canines for human consumption.

With the annual Yulin dog meat festival approaching, the supervisors added their voice to the growing international chorus of opposition to the 10-day celebration of dog meat in the Guangxi region of China and to the dog meat trade in general.

“Los Angeles County is home to millions of people who care deeply about preventing animal abuse and suffering,” Supervisor Hilda Solis wrote in her motion. “On behalf of our residents, I ask the Board of Supervisors to join me in condemning the Yulin dog meat festival, and the rampant abuse and torture of dogs and cats for human consumption in both China and South Korea.”

The festival, which has faced growing protests, takes place in June.

The resolution is similar to one passed last year by the Berkeley City Council.

In January, a resolution was introduced at the national level by Florida Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-FL) that asks the U.S. government to condemn the festival.

“My legislation condemns the festival and calls on the Government of the People’s Republic of China to impose a ban on the killing and eating of dogs as part of Yulin’s festival, enact anti-animal cruelty laws banning the dog meat trade, and enforce China’s food safety laws regulating the processing and sale of animal products,” Hastings said.

An estimated 10,000 dogs are skinned alive during the 10-day Yulin festival, then butchered and eaten as a way to mark the summer solstice. Some of the animals are pets that have been lost or stolen.

An estimated 2 million dogs are slaughtered and eaten each year in South Korea.

“Anything you can do to help us fight this … most people don’t know about it,” Valarie Ianniello, executive director for the Sherman Oaks-based Animal Hope & Wellness Foundation, told the supervisors. The organization is one of several that work to raise awareness about and help rescue dogs from farms and festivals in China, Cambodia and South Korea.

“It’s important for everyone to get involved in the anti-animal abuse and torture movement,” Solis said in an e-mailed statement Monday. “This isn’t about a cultural difference. This is about pets being stolen and slaughtered in an inhumane way.”

(Photo: Reuters)

Comments

Comment from Carole Jackson
Time March 31, 2017 at 5:18 am

THESE KORENS & CHINESE THAT TORTURE KILL & EAT DOGS & CATS ARE PURE EVIL, MENALTY DERAINGED EVIL BARBERIANS, BRAIN DAMAGED NONE HUMANS, NO NORMAL HUMAN WOULD EVEN THINK OF DOING SUCH EVIL, THE GOVERNMENTS OF THESE EVIL COUNTRIES ARE AS EVIL & BARBARIC AS THE PEOPLE THAT DO THIS HORRIFIC CRUELTY, WHY IS THE GOVERNMENT NOT STOPPING THIS BARBARIC CRUELTY & PUTTING THESE EVIL BARBERIANS IN PRISON, BECAUSE THAT IS WHERE THEY BELONG, I WILL NEVER BUY ANYTHING FROM KOREA OR CHINA EVER AGAIN AS LONG AS THIS HORRIFIC CRUELTY CONTIUES, PLEASE STOP THIS EVIL NOW THE WORLD IS WATCHING & THE WORLD IS CRYING FOR THESE BEAUTIFUL ANIMALS THAT ARE TORTURED TO DEATH, IT IS BEYOND MY COMPRIHENSION HOW HUMAN CAN DO SUCH EVIL TO HELPLESS BEAUTIFUL INTELIGENT ANIMALS, PLEASE KOREA & CHINA PUT A STOP TO THIS EVIL, NOW.