Yulin Dog Festival in 2019: A Chinese Tell You Why They Eat Dog

yulin dog meat festival

I am Tony, a native Chinese.

This guide I will introduce everything you want to know about Yulin dog festival, why Chinese eat dog meat, and some frequently asked questions.

I was born in Heilongjiang, northeast of China, and 29 years old now. When I was a little child, I was accompanied by my grandma’s Chinese rural dog and however, she has no name.

I was very naughty and always playling with her, but never was she angry or bored with me. When I go to school every morning, she accompanied with me there;

When I was after school every afternoon, she was always still standing in front of my school, right there waiting for me.

Once a black dog barked unfriendly to me, I was scared into crying. She fight with that dog without any hesitation. Though hurt by that black dog, she wagged her tail and was happy to protect me.

She was my best friend in my childhood and I swear to protect her when I grow up.

But I had no chance to do that.

One night my neighbor borrowed her and said to “catch a rabbit”, but never did she come back. After a week I was told “she was killed and eaten by my drunk neighbor”.

I was extremely sorrowful!

Every one who has lost a dog will know that feeling!

I wanted to fiercely beat my neighbor but I was just a child then. Why he did that?

She passed away for more than 20 years, but I still miss her.

Although eating dog is not very strange in China, but I will never do that. I wrote many Chinese and English articles to appeal people to stop hurting or eating dogs and cats.

You must think native Chinese are wild and bad here, yes? They eat cute dogs and cats.

As I am grown up and more mature, I know all the reasons.

Although many Chinese are rich nowadays, but they are very poor 20-30 years ago. They have the most of population in the world and many of them are lack of food.

So they eat everything in the nature. Not only will Chinese eat beef, pork, fish, but also dogs, cats, snakes, horses, donkeys, frogs, mice, fox and even locust. 

Many foreigners in China must know Chinese eat animals' offals such as heart, kidney, gut, liver, head or something else.

You may have watched the TV show "Man vs. Wild" acted by Bear Grylls. I have to say, Chinese eat more varieties than Bear Grylls.

Here are some pictures of what Chinese eat:

1.Chicken's Claw



4. Frog


6. Scorpion

7.Pig's Brain

8.Duck's Neck

9. Cricket


10. Stink Egg

11.Cat Meat


13. Pig Feet

14. Balut

Now you know how crazy Chinese are.

It’s said that the rabbits are not under control and they destroyed the grasslands in Australia. It can not be happened in China. We will eat them up.

Even the crayfish which are extremely prolific, they are eaten up in China.

So dogs are just a kind of meat. They are not considered as a specific species for some people.

Now you may have a question:

Do All Chinese People Eat Dogs?

We have ancient sayings"再穷不杀看门狗、再饿不吃耕地牛" "子不嫌母丑,狗不嫌家贫", it means no matter how poor you are, you should not kill your dog, and your dog will never leave you away, just as the child will never consider their mom to be ugly even she is old.

But there are too many people in China, more than 1.5 billion. Someone foreigners find that 10,000 people eat dog, they post the discovery on every social media, broadcast it on the TV,spread it on the blog, raise awareness, hold public campaign, talk about it to anyone and everyone. Soon most of the people in your country believe that every Chinese abuse and eat dogs.

Some individuals in China truly eat dogs, but it's only a very small number of the 1.5 billion population base. When I was young, I often saw the news which people was shot in the US on TV, so I believed that the US was not a safe country, everyone there had a gun, and they would shoot me when they were not in a good mood.

Is that true?

Not really. But that's the job of Media. Although those who eat dogs and cats are very few number in China, the media would love to make it look like half of Chinese are eating dogs every day.

But the Yulin Dog Meat Festival is Holding Annually, What is it and Why not Stop it?

As a Chinese people, I have never heard about Yulin and Yulin Dog Festival 5 years ago. But the festival is taken place in 2009 for the first year, and now is holding every year in the summer.It is said that 10,000 dogs are eaten every year during the festival, cat meat and lychees are also available.

In fact, Yulin is a very small city in China, never will I know it if the city don't hold the dog festival. It's known by nearly every Chinese now just for the dogs.

Although eating dogs are not illegal in China, but the public are appealing not to do it any more. Almost all of my friends under 30 years old said straightforwardly they would resist this festival. The attitude are changing greatly these years.This festival is under huge pressure and many of the dogs were rescued these years.

Less and less dogs are ate and in my opinion, the dog festival will be stopped in the near future. It's a tendency of public.

What's the Chinese Attitude to Yulin Dog Festival?

Xiaoyun Yang, a not rich 65 year old Chinese woman, saved more than 3,500 dogs until now. She sold her house and spent all her money to buy dogs from Yulin.

In 2015, she spent 15,000 CNY to save 360 dogs and begged the resturant owner not to kill the dogs. Her story is influencing the whole China, and many Chinese donate money or go the same way to save dogs with her.

I know the westerns love dogs and see dogs as their friends. China is also a dog loving country, a lot of heart warming stories of saving dogs are spreading fast online and offline.

A poll taken by Horizon (by China Animal Welfare Association) shows that 70% Chinese have never eaten dog meat. In my opinion, the other 30% who have eaten dog are most more than 40 years old. My uncle actually ate dogs when he was young, and never have I heard my young friends eating dogs.

62% Chinese people think Yulin damages China's reputation, although it's not the fault of Yulin city, for most Yulin people also hate this festival.

What's the attitude of government about Eating dogs in China?

If it's illegal to eat dog meat, no one will eat dogs in China. However, it's just a dream that does not come true. There are no related policies to ban killing and eating dogs, for the government have to consider about the population's custom.

But Chinese police smash dog-meat gang that stole pet dogs.

As we know, most of the dogs in Yulin Festival come from the theft gang. The dog meat is worth 40-60 CNY per kilogram, so someone will steal others’ dogs or catch the abandoned dogs in the city.

Anyone who stole others’ pet dog is not legal, and will be arrested by the police in China.

Will Chinese Save or Donate to the one who save dogs?

We know Xiaoyun Yang has saved more than 3,500 dogs these years, some of her money was raised on the Internet and donated by the dog lovers in China.

Of course, there are more animal lovers to donate their energy and money to save dogs.

If you have ever watched the douyin(Tik Tok) short video, most young people will save an abandoned dog rather than abuse or kill them.

Also, these kinds of videos got millions of likes and shares, the behavior of saving dogs and cats is highly raised by almost all of the Chinese youngsters.

I still believe that, almost all human beings are kind-hearted, the traditional culture will be abandoned and Chinese will protect animals as the westerns do.

There are some animal or dog saving organizations in China, but not as mature as the USA. It's just booming now.

What other countries that are still eat dogs in the world?

In China and South Korea, the traditional of eating dogs can be from 400 years ago. What's more, People in Switzerland/Russia/Vietnam/French Polynesia are also have the custom to eat dogs.

It's obviously that Switzerland and Korea are much more rich than China on average wealth,but they are still keeping the custom to eat dogs.

You know Chinese are suffering hungry and poverty in recent years, when people are starving, they have to forget what is cute, and just want to have a full stomach first.

Now Chinese people are richer than before, although not as wealthy as Switzerland and Korea, they are changing their custom, and eating dogs will soon be stopped in China with the influence of so many dog lovers.


Now you know a lot about why Chinese eat dogs and something about Yulin dog meat festival. Of course we are trying our best to save the dogs and we also hope the world to know that most Chinese people are fighting against eating dogs.



As time goes on, the Yulin Dog Festival of 2019 is coming soon (21st June).

These days more and more pet lovers emailed and asked me: How to Stop Yulin?

I do not know if you realize this fact in China:

A foreigner and a native Chinese both lose a bike, the police help to find the bike within 1 day for the foreigner, but never will the native Chinese's bike be found in a month.


As China is booming fast, they pay more attention to their reputation over the world. They want to hear more about"China is a really good country", so they are keen to take more advice of the foreigners than the native people.

If you want to save more dog's lives, just go to share the article to some reputable blogs or social influencers.

This will really help a lot.

Thanks for everyone's efforts.

stop yulin dog festival

If you need some help, please contact me petpetbuy@gmail.com.


May 21, 2019 at 19:16

The Government needs to Ban the eating of Dogs and Cats ,, this must also be a worldwide ban .

May 21, 2019 at 19:16

The Government needs to Ban the eating of Dogs and Cats ,, this must also be a worldwide ban .

May 20, 2019 at 07:11

Thanks You for your article,Tony. But You did not about that horrible ways of killing the dogs and why they do it ? This dhould be stopped first!!!
best regards

May 19, 2019 at 23:18

I wish people stop torturing animals..boiling them alive, treating as trash, kicking, stabbing, hanging, burning alive..
I would never come in Asia because if I saw it I would lose my temper and kill them.
No respect for ppl like that. They are weak losers. Strong ppl don’t do that disgusting actions.
For all who are different. God bless. U have soul. U have strength. U have emphaty. U deserve to live.
Others should just die and make a world a better place.
And if they torture animals for softer meat they don’t know that this meat is extremely full of bad hormones which harm health. I wish them to just die as soon as possible.

May 19, 2019 at 20:56

I would like to say thank you for your caring and honesty. Yes Chinese government are proud and like to look the best to the rest of the world. But now with social media we are a voice for these precious dogs and cats. Who are being brutally torched and tortued to death for food. You had a beautiful experience with your best friend and your heart is now pure from this joy you had with your pet. One person can change this cruelty 2 person can move mountains your dog has not died in vain. Because now after all this time the world is witnessing this disgraceful act with innocent dogs and cats. If the population is to big in China it needs to slow it down. Stop taking and taking innocent lives who have no say. Then stop the goverments greed in wanting to run the whole world. If China isn’t careful they’ll loose everything they have so greedly created.


May 19, 2019 at 17:39

I am not against these people eating dog meat, after all we eat many animals in England, but what I strongly object to is the horrendous killing and torture there is no need for it. If you must eat these animals, and who are meant to be mans best friend, then why not kill them humanely and give them a good life for however short it may be

May 17, 2019 at 00:17

People who attend the Yulin Festival are proven to be morally and intellectually backward. They take pleasure in watching a spectacle of animal cruelty, with much pain and suffering. And they are unaware that they are contaminating themselves with hepatitis, transmitted by dirty meat and without animal hygiene. They are completely misguided and ignorant people.

May 17, 2019 at 00:14

People who attend the Yulin Festival are proven to be morally and intellectually backward. They take pleasure in watching a spectacle of animal cruelty, with much pain and suffering. And they are unaware that they are contaminating themselves with hepatitis, transmitted by dirty meat and without animal hygiene. They are completely misguided and ignorant people.

May 15, 2019 at 20:12

Thankyou for your article.i know there are good people out there who love their animals

May 15, 2019 at 20:10

Yulin May be few years old but China has always had a reputation for cruelty and torture of animals especially dogs and cats.whilst Yulin May end eventually the cruelty of dogs and cats will not

May 12, 2019 at 00:48

Thank you for this article. It is very interesting to hear from a Chinese person. Thank you for spreading awareness. I hope with all my heart that the torture of dogs and cats in Yulin will end very soon.

May 11, 2019 at 17:32

We eat meat all the time. But we do not eat carnivores, and we do not torture them. One day there will be an activist who has the guts to poison one or two of those pots.

Denise Donnelly
May 06, 2019 at 09:10

This is so sick, they are mans best friend. Tey love you unconditaly forever. They alert you of a fire in your house. They are hero dogs. They are service dogs. They are army dogs. They are therapeutic dogs. They are guide dogs for the blind. They are gods good creature. The torture and eating must stop now. I just want to cry and pray for all of them. So sad

Denise Donnelly
May 06, 2019 at 09:10

This is so sick, they are mans best friend. Tey love you unconditaly forever. They alert you of a fire in your house. They are hero dogs. They are service dogs. They are army dogs. They are therapeutic dogs. They are guide dogs for the blind. They are gods good creature. The torture and eating must stop now. I just want to cry and pray for all of them. So sad

April 27, 2019 at 14:56

Thank you for this article. Though I understand the public outrage about Yulin dog meat (and cat meat) festival. The author mentions overpopulation and poverty as the causes for eating dogs and cats. However, that doesn’t explain why the animals are treated in the most abhorrent ways . Therefore I think the protests should be about the unbelievably cruel ways the animals are treated.

Amandajane Hellier
April 26, 2019 at 04:01

Thank you for this article. It seems that oppression and poverty turns meekness into a storm and therefore survival is what one thinks about. The consumption of Cat and Dog and the way these poor sentient creatures suffer just is truly vile and beyond comprehension. Not one person should be starving or not of basic education today THAT is because of Governments NO ONE ELSE.
Governments could stop this but then they would have to step up and help the people there is no excuse Governments! All Global Governments one way or another cannot be bothered that is why the Planet is in the shape it is in and the people are rebelling. Maybe if you Tony could speak with DCMT and others like you spoke to DCMT about compassion and empathy that in itself would in still awareness and awakening. Like you I do not feel every one is bad just uninformed and somewhat angry. Let’s just hope this massacre of Cats Dogs all Animals extinguishes as quick as it ignited. Hoping for peace and good will and the faith that the Animals will stop being beast-fully tortured soon

April 25, 2019 at 22:34

Thank you this was interesting. But why do the Chinese butcher’s have to torture the Animals, I have seen so many pictures of them laughing and smiling why those poor Animals are screaming out.

Celia Clarke
April 25, 2019 at 21:48

Thank you for your article. But I am annoyed that you did not mention the most IMPORTANT THING: The Chinese dog butchers TORTURE THE DOGS to death in very many ingenious ways, to prolong the suffering of the dogs and cats by skinning them alive, boiling them half to death, throwing them into electric spinning de-furring machines made by Samsung, blow-torching them while still alive, chopping off their paws whilst they are still alive, BEATING THEM ALL OVER WITH IRON BARS so their bones break, hanging them very slowly by the neck, etc. The list is endless. It is said the more the dog or cat is tortured, the better the meat will be. WHAT DO YOU SAY TO THAT?

April 25, 2019 at 21:27

This June my friends and I will be doing another #EndYulin Rally at the Chinese Consulate (symbolic, I met w 2 consuls, both hate YULIN) to stand in solidarity w the Chinese Activists Who Fight for the victims of China’s DMT & To raise awareness because it’s true China caress about their reputation.
I hope many others will do so too and the media will cover these anti YULIN protests.

April 25, 2019 at 20:11

Dog meat eaters do not not only consume it to fill the stomach, dogs are tortured as they say this increase adrenaline to make the meat tastier.poor animals are dying in agony being beaten to death, blowtorched, boiled and skinned alive.this is barbaric and cruel which indicates a low level of moral qualities of the society.article does not reveal the whole truth of the trade but I really hope things will change.

Nathalie kilpatrick
April 17, 2019 at 04:49

Why the torture of dogs and cats?
Why do Chinese butchers smile and enjoy blow torching a live dog or placing them whilst still alive in boiling water? Why are Chinese South Koreans Cambodians etc so evil?

Marie louise
April 14, 2019 at 02:35

Je voudrais signé une pétition pour que plus jamais un chien ou un chat soit maltraité tué et mangé en france les animeaux de compagnies sont reconnus être à part entière.
Envoyé pétition je signe pour sauvé tout c est pauvre betes.

April 07, 2019 at 23:39

Awesome..thank you Tony for sharing your experience. And so sorry to hear that you too lost your Dog.. Indeed Dog are truly amazing and they do everything for their owner at a risk of life if needed. So, we need to lead by their example and let’s join hands to BAN BARBARIC PRACTICE….And STOP this Yulin festival and Dog meat FOREVER……let’s protect All DOG & CATS from cruelty.

April 06, 2019 at 08:30

Hi all,
I read the post and wanted first thank you for explaining why it is folks eat dogs and cats like all other animals a great number of us in the world eat. The issue and I mean serious issue that I have with it, is the torturing of these animals prior to consuming them.
I cant say I would show any mercy to the person or persons involved if I witnessed it. You as the reader can go ahead and extrapolate from that last sentence.
Animals like people have feelings and like children are pretty defenseless against a person. An animal will normally attack to eat or defend itself unlike humans who will do it for pleasure or there is a few screws loose.
To everyone out there who does this you hope and pray that you never run into me because it may just be the last day you beat or burn alive an animal.
Very happy to see so many people committed to stopping acts lime these all over not just in the countries mentioned.
Best regards

Jo adams
March 31, 2019 at 02:13

As others have said I’m not against anyone eating dogs or cats or any meats. ..it’s the abuse torturing and suffering I’m against.yes we eat meat all over the world but most countries implement welfare conditions and laws yes you’ll always get sick individuals that break the laws and they should be brought to justice but in other countries where they eat dog/cat meat any meat there are no laws and they get away with cruelty .that’s the bigger picture and that’s what really grates on me when some one says oh well if we don’t like dog meat don’t eat pigs !!! I don’t agree with halal I agree eat meat if that’s your choice but do not cause unnecessary cruelty and suffering because of some stupid cultural belief.anything that lives and breaths feels pain and fear. Give them a dignified death at least these poor souls !!!!!!

Helga-Maria Stauss
March 27, 2019 at 10:02

Ich esse überhaupt kein Fleisch und lebe immer noch. Wenn China Hunde foltert und tötet zum Verzehr, weil sie teilweise arm sind und eine Überbevölkerung den Verzehr von Hunde rechtfertigen soll, dann ist das falsch.
Auch arme Menschen können Fleischlos leben. Es gibt überhaupt keine Entschuldigung und auch keine Rechtfertigung solch Verbrechen an andere Lebewesen zu tätigen. Ich hoffe, dass irgendwann das Karma zurückschlägt.

March 24, 2019 at 22:09

I will never eat dog.
I had 3 dogs.They live with me for already 5 years.
They are so cute,so honest.
love them.

March 20, 2019 at 15:15

perché é buono?

March 20, 2019 at 02:42

Why don’t you mention the torturing? What is the reason for That? Because its proven thst if someone can do that to an animal then they usually move on to humans next. And to see that there is a legal festival for psychopaths to get together and be horrid is absolutely terfying to the rest of the world. So if China is worried about their reputation then the choice should be obvious as to what to do about the torture fest.

March 19, 2019 at 19:36

Dogs enhance your mood.Love dog ,love life.Please help together, help the dog.

Liz Strickland
March 19, 2019 at 08:39

Its not so much the eating of dogs as much as it is the TORTURING them first! Dogs are so lovable and Loyal and do NOT Deserve to be tortured ! Boiled Alive , Burned Alive is simply EVIL!!! If you gotta eat , Kill them Instantly, DO NOT Torture them and do Not Steal People pets!!!

March 09, 2019 at 09:36

whatever, I will eat dog.I love my dog so much.

January 30, 2019 at 20:43

I don’t think we’ve had an article about the dog meat festival from the perspective of a chinese person, so I really enjoyed it. Dog is just meat like any other; lots of Chinese people love dogs and don’t eat dog.

Steven jack
January 25, 2019 at 10:40

Eating dogs is not illegal in China. Around 10 to 20 million are killed for human consumption every year and although the festival is new the custom can be traced back at least 400 years. But attitudes are changing. Keeping dogs as pets was banned during the Cultural Revolution, but dog ownership has become popular among China’s growing middle-class; there are now 62 million registered as pets. Animal activists, celebrities and younger Chinese citizens have been increasingly vocal on social media about opposing dog eating festivals and the practice in general.

January 24, 2019 at 09:42

Thanks for your article,Tony.
I love dog.And I have 3 dogs.
why they eat dog?
I can’t believe that.
Dog is so cute and honest.

January 23, 2019 at 23:20

Why not?

It’s in their culture, dogs aren’t any more cute, intelligent or deserving of life than other animals the western world eats like lambs and pigs. While eating cats and dogs make people angry in the western world, eating beef would anger a lot of Indians and there are a billion of them so maybe we should stop eating cows.

You can talk about the treatment of dogs in the countries that eat them, but the other animals they eat aren’t treated any better.

If you take issue with other countries eating dogs then you better be a vegetarian because there is no moral difference between eating dog or pig.

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