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From DuoDuo: After a long day in Yulin, the 2014 Dog Meat Festival proceeded as scheduled on June 21st. However, it was executed on a smaller scale than in previous years. The Duo Duo Animal Welfare Project managed to save 80 dogs from being slaughtered.
Cat Poster YuLinThe outrage in China is growing with the additional media exposure. We saw a widely circulated cat flyer called “YuLin, The Shame of China.” There was also an image that paid a solemn tribute to the dogs who have been butchered during the festival. The phrase “6-21″ has been used as a signature of many protests here as a reminder that June 21st is the date of the festival.
Additional progress has been made this year through the work of the on-the-ground activists and legal channels. Based on the official reports, the sale of the dog meat has dropped dramatically. Due to the efforts of the Duo Duo Animal Welfare Project, 17 of the dog meat restaurants were closed and four dog meat restaurants didn’t have the proper licenses and were shut down.
The local police officials reported 12 cases involving dog theft, confirming our report to authorities that many vendors were illegally stealing dogs from their homes. The local agricultural department reported that they worked with the highway patrol and prevented 2 large trucks loaded with over 2,000 dogs from arriving at the festival.
The negative press on this event caused the festival to be smaller this year. Even though this festival is looked down upon internationally, the government claims that this event is not run by them, and they cannot prevent people from having their own parties.
Although we didn’t put an end to the festival this year, the YuLin officials and participants see that the pressure is mounting against them.