“Whoever said you can’t buy happiness forgot about dogs.”

It says that dogs bring happiness but what if they aren’t bought to play with and share happiness? What if they are made a part of the cuisine at a festival? Same is happening at the Yulin Festival   of China. Despite worldwide outcry and repeated efforts by animal activists to put an end to the Yulin Dog Eating Festival, a yearly tradition in Yulin, Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region of China, the festival, deeply rooted in ancient Chinese tradition, will begin June 21, 2015.Yulin residents cherish the annual summer solstice celebration, which involves the mass torture, slaughter, and consumption of about 10,000 dogs.

One of the most terrifying things about the festival is that it leads to many abductions of household pets by kidnappers looking to make a quick buck as the festival begins. Local animal lovers often try to buy the dogs before the butchers can, but the dog sellers often refuse to sell to the activists. The Yulin “Dog Meat Festival” exposes young people to violence. During the festival, the streets of Yulin flow with dog blood, since dogs are often slaughtered in public. It can potentially undermine social stability, aggravate existing social conflicts, and sabotage the central government’s efforts to build a harmonious society. A significant number of the dogs sold on the market, according to Chinese activist investigations, are stolen household pets or are watch dogs of rural families. Also, Dog Meat Festival” is a dangerous food safety issue. Dogs sold on the market are sick and dying animals. They suffer from horrendous conditions during the long distance, trans-provincial journeys. China does NOT have dog farms. There are no national or local standards to ensure the safety of dog meat since dogs are not raised for food.

This festival has been promoted as a local “folk custom,” it is not really a local culinary culture. It is a commercial activity portrayed as a regional tradition.  No culture or local custom is a defense of a practice that runs counter to human progress. As an attempt to put an end to this tradition, many petitions have been filed on the grounds of animal welfare. The festival organizers claim that the dogs are killed humanely and that eating dog meat is no different to eating pork or beef. Campaigners have claimed, however, that the animals are "treated abominably". Although the festival has not been cancelled, Yulin authorities have promised to tighten sanitation inspections and crack down on dog slaughtering in public during this year’s festival as a result of the protests. Currently there are no animal welfare laws in mainland China, but the selling of dog meat requires some level of regulation, though it’s commonly understood that these regulations are rarely enforced.