Chinese wet markets continue to sell dog meat for human consumption, despite recent ban, the country recently classified dogs as pets and therefore not to be eaten.
Officials in Beijing shut down wet markets after coronavirus was linked to the Hunan Seafood Wholesale Market in Wuhan.
But they were able to resume trading again from the middle of April.
Last month China said it would be banning dog meat from being eaten by humans and gave dogs “companion statues”.
However, this has not stopped thousands of dogs being slaughtered for the Lychee Dog Meat Festival, which begins this Sunday.
The Yulin dog meat festival, held every year on the summer solstice, is one of the most controversial food festivals in the world
The event sees thousands of dogs cruelly killed, skinned and cooked with blow-torches before being eaten by the locals.
The latest shocking scenes came from an eye-witness report sent by activists to animal protection organisation Humane Society International (HSI), the group said.
According to the insiders, most of Yulin’s dog meat stalls and shops scattered around the city have relocated to one centralised area called Nanchao market, which offers predominantly dog meat rather than live dogs , as per the Dailymail report
The activists rescued 10 ‘friendly and innocent’ puppies after spotting live pooches being caged and ready to be slaughtered at a market outside Yulin.
One of the rescuers, Jenifer Chen, said she was shocked by what she saw there.
She described: ‘I can’t believe that anyone would even want to eat these adorable little darlings.
‘My hands were trembling when I took the first puppy out of the cage. He kept licking my hands, and unbeknown to him I could easily have been a dog meat eater.’
When activists asked the stall owners how they had acquired the puppies, the owners agreed to let the activists take them, according to animal welfare group Humane Society International
Ms Chen called on the Yulin officials to follow the central government’s message and halt the trade.
She urged: ‘Like the Chinese government said, these puppies are companions not livestock, and cities like Yulin should put those words into practice and end this shameful dog meat trade.’
HSI also renewed its appeal for the Yulin government to crack down on the business.
In late February, China issued a temporary ban on all trade and consumption of wild animals – a practice believed responsible for the global crisis.
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