also there are accusations that these dogs/cats are being stolen/taken from owners (whether these rumours are true or not I don’t know- media is obviously known to lie)
Aiight this is gonna be a bit of a long winded answer frond, and I’ve actually had a bit of a look around after getting this ask, just to throw this all together for you if you’d like to read it all :p
Anyway… I’m not sure whether you’ve heard of it, but a little while ago, there was an uproar in the live cattle trade between Australia and Indonesia, after there was footage released of them torturing the animal before it’s death; breaking it’s tail, laughing, beating it ect and you can have a look at the whole fiasco here, here and here
Now more recently, a similar thing is happening in northern Vietnam
abattoirs and you can read/listen about the problems here
Now what has that got to do with this ask, you may wonder?
The Australian cattle industry is animal welfare driven; they will go so far, as to ban live exports from a province and/or country that has been known to abuse the cattle before their deaths. With the Vietnamese cattle trade however there’s a little bit of a problem - not only are they becoming one of the bigger markets for Australia, they’re also sending off cattle to smaller unapproved abattoirs, which is where this entire shitstorm decided to kick up
What’s going on in Yulin could be considered similar.
Now, I don’t really know how to word this so…. I’m gonna try, alright? Just… don’t expect it to be that great.
… It could be considered similar, except they’re not only being cruel to the dogs in question right from the get go, they’re cramping far too many animals in cages way too small. It’s unsanitary, there’s infection running rife, the animals aren’t even prepared in a clean environment (I live in Malaysia, and let me tell you the wet markets where chickens are killed to order, is far cleaner than what I’ve just seen).
Not only is this asking for trouble in terms of disease and illnesses, it’s fucking harrowing to look at (I will warn you, the pictures/video are quite distressing to the faint of heart). And honestly? It wouldn’t surprise me if - like you and these articles have said - people have stolen pets to take them to this market. What easier way to get produce than from someones backyard?
I have no problem with people eating what they want; go for it. You do you.
However, when there’s blatant cruelty involved, thievery of a families beloved pet, unsanitary practice that makes the cook in me shudder at what the meat could be exposed to - that’s not gonna fly. I don’t…. I don’t know how to word it. Does it upset me? Of fucking course it does, and I don’t want to offend or upset anyone but geez.
Basically what I’m saying, is if people want to eat cats or dogs - fine. Go ahead. But if it’s not done within animal welfare regulations, and the animals themselves aren’t treated with the respect they deserve, I hope the perpetrators step on a thumb tack.
If the Australia can sort it’s shit out (*cough*) for animals exported out beyond our borders, why the fuck can’t these guys?