China bans dog-eating 'carnival'

2011-09-21 14:31

Beijing - The Chinese government has banned a traditional carnival in the east of the country in which dogs are eaten after being chopped up alive in the street following a public uproar that the festival was cruel, state media reported on Wednesday.

The tradition in Qianxi in the wealthy coastal province of Zhejiang dates back 600 years to celebrate a local military victory and is normally held every October, the official Xinhua news agency said.

"The ancient fair was replaced by a modern commodity fair in the 1980s, but dog-eating has been kept as a tradition," it reported.

"However, vendors began to butcher dogs in public a few years ago to show their dog meat is fresh and safe, as a way to ease buyers' worry that the meat may be refrigerator-preserved or even contaminated."

Pictures which circulated online via popular micro-blogging sites had such an impact that the government gave into demands that the festival be banned, Xinhua said.

"The government's quick response should be encouraged. I hope eating dogs will not be a custom there anymore. It's not a carnival, but a massacre," it quoted one internet user as saying.

Despite once being banned as a bad bourgeois habit, dog ownership has become increasingly popular with China's growing middle-class in the past few years, as has online activism.

While the government has encouraged people to take to the internet to expose corruption and abuse of power, it keeps a tight rein on what can be said online, deleting comments it objects to and arresting those who criticise too much.

  • ~daisy_d~ - 2011-09-21 14:42

    Some good news at least...well done to the Chinese government!

      winston.mullany - 2011-09-21 14:54

      More than I can say for ours....

      Jean - 2011-09-21 15:17

      Do you eat hamburgers ? What is the difference between dog meat and cow meat ? both of them get killed.

      Jean - 2011-09-21 15:22

      you cannot support the one and condem the other , I am not for one moment sayin either is the best thing to do ( I am a vegeterian) .. But just think logically about this, in stead of jumping on the anti " China bandwagon" ..

      Ryan - 2011-09-21 15:26

      I agree to an extent Jean. I think the difference is the cultural aspect. culturally, in most places, dogs are viewed as pets. cows are not.

      Jean - 2011-09-21 15:30

      @Ryan - That is true, but are we not supposed to be a country that is tollerant of other peoples cutures? but al we do is judge them. If we are gonna play that game then we should abolish the read dance, I find that to be totally demeaning for the GIRLS ( note GIRLS and not WOMEN) involved in it. What kind of a sicko wants to have his pick of those little girls. SIES. Yet I am tolorant of it, I dont have to understand it always to TOLERATE it.

      Currie_Mafia - 2011-09-21 15:32

      Lots of doggie stories on News24 today.

      44mag - 2011-09-21 15:34


      Matt :-) - 2011-09-21 15:35

      @ 44mag - but everything's made in China? Besides, local stuff costs far more

      Shivermetimb - 2011-09-21 15:36

      So Jean what I gather is that you think because there is one unsavoury practice, then all unsavoury practices are fine? They are not. This "festival - aren't festivals supposed to be happy events?" is sick.

      Captainmorgan - 2011-09-21 15:37

      Ag NO!!!!! I love my dog , especially warmed up , then it's a hotdog LOL Remember not to send the Chinks any rescue dogs in the case of a natural disaster .

      Jean - 2011-09-21 15:41

      @Shivermetimb .. you do not seem to see my point, I am saying if one is wrong in your eyes you should be able to acknowledge that both are wrong. I specifically stated that I do not agree with either of these practices. Also remember that your idea of a festival is not the same as other people idea. They might be enjoying themselves. Who knows.

      Ryan - 2011-09-21 15:43

      @ Jean ... ya I guess you gotta be tolerant of other cultures practices. but where do you draw the line. Im no expert on these kinds of moral and cultural things. I think the Chinese government (and probably other people around the world) drew the line where it came to chopping dogs up alive, whatever that entails. I still think dogs will get eaten around China because its part of their culture isnt it ? but they probably wont make a festival of it, and I guess they will be less cruel about it.

      Shivermetimb - 2011-09-21 15:50

      Jean, hacking up live dogs for fun is what pyschos do.

      phoantoinix - 2011-09-21 16:18

      Jean - September 21, 2011 at 09:17 "Do you eat hamburgers ? What is the difference between dog meat and cow meat ? both of them get killed." The big difference between cows and dogs is, when you slit their throats, the one goes "mooooh" and the others go "yelp, yelp". Also cows make a louder thump when they fall over. (They are bigger.) I have yet to eat dog-hamburgers. (But I have eaten hot-dogs.)

      Captainmorgan - 2011-09-21 16:26

      @ Currie_Mafia , you are right & I see we could not comment on the "sex with dogs" story , I wonder why , probably had something to do with "Now we know where Julius comes from" comments that would have flowed LOL

      Jean - 2011-09-21 16:42

      @phoantoinix -- aaah .. I was really wondering .. thank you for the clarification ;)

      Whiskeyjack - 2011-10-03 13:57

      @ Jean Shut your face

      simon.berry.925 - 2013-01-17 16:17

      jean does have a point though and all he gets is thumbs down with no explanation. If all animals are killed humanely to eat, what really is the difference between cow/dog/squirrel/dolphin/pigeon? Is it because we are used to cows being killed and eaten that we're desensitized to it and not to dogs? Is it because we are all hypocrites always ready to judge and jump on others at the soonest chance because their choices/culture do not match ours?

  • Michael007 - 2011-09-21 14:42

    Is this article serious?? WTF is wrong with these Chinese?? They should all be nuked!

      Matt :-) - 2011-09-21 14:46

      Because the death of a billion people is apparently more preferable to a few dogs getting eaten. Duh...

      Matt :-) - 2011-09-21 14:59

      (I was replying in sarcasm to Michael007)

      Telara - 2011-09-21 15:04

      @ Matt - yup, it is. There would still be 5.9 billion of us anyways.

      Matt :-) - 2011-09-21 15:14

      @ Telara - well then live by your beliefs and cull yourself. Lead by example... d'oh I have little time for those calling to "cull the population" but never seem to carry it out themselves

      Matt :-) - 2011-09-21 15:36

      @ J Burnstein - thanks for your offer but I'll politely decline.

      Telara - 2011-09-22 10:57

      @ Matt - it's people like you who want to breed the planet into oblivion that should be 'culled'. Not the people calling for you breeders to have a little self control and keep it in your pants.

  • Vektor9 - 2011-09-21 14:42

    ...and our government is in bed with these people..........

      Jean - 2011-09-21 15:52

      I knew JZ wanted some Asian persuasion. Broadening his herd of women and ladyboys ( Asia is famous for them ). hehe .

  • Wanda - 2011-09-21 14:44

    Freakin bloody disgusting......would love to chop of of them up and scatter them to wild dogs...human beings can be so cruel..god help us all.

  • Lyndatjie - 2011-09-21 14:46

    This is absolutely barbaric! What on earth is the matter with these people?

      Matt :-) - 2011-09-21 14:56

      I would call their state policy of forced abortion far more barbaric. But apparently it's OK to murder people as long as animals don't get hurt... (not that I support hacking a dog to pieces while it's still alive)

      Telara - 2011-09-21 15:05

      @ Matt - your abortion rhetoric is getting pretty old now, find something else to harp on about.

      reader1 - 2011-09-21 15:06

      Yes they chop them up alive - it was on Carte Blanche some years ago.

      Matt :-) - 2011-09-21 15:09

      @ Telara - how low a value of human life you must have. Do you also support the actions in North Korea (see the article published today)? Or is it different because one's fully grown and the other is not?

      Martin du Plessis - 2011-09-21 15:23

      As a matter of fact i DO give more value to animals than human life, if only for the blatant fact that there are SO MANY BLOODY HUMANS EVERYWHERE, and growing in number.

      Jean - 2011-09-21 15:25

      @Matt - I am with you 100% the same people here that are having a hissy fit about this, is the same people that say there should be no testing on animals in laboretories. They would rather save a few hundred bunnies and mice than support a cure for something that could save millions ?

      Ryan - 2011-09-21 15:29

      how do you chop a dog up whilst its alive ?? do you start with cutting a leg off first or something ??? if so, thats unbelievable

      TinnyTim - 2011-09-21 15:38

      Duhh Matty, just how many more humans can the planet we live on accommodate...according to your maths unlimited!!!

      Matt :-) - 2011-09-21 15:42

      @ Martin - so as long as bunnies are safe, you'll be perfectly OK with all the murder, rape etc that goes on in SA, right? After all, at least the poor wittwe wabbits are running around freely and you deem their life far more important than human life, you said so yourself... and really, if there are too many humans, set an example for us bud - put your money where your mouth is and jump off a koppie, so you'll cut methane produce, leave more food to feed the masses... oops I forgot, you must live and "everybody else" is a parasite sucking the earth dry, tog?

      Utopia - 2011-09-21 15:56

      @Jean - rather hypocritical aren't you? Vegetarian and don't eat animals, but you don't mind animals being tortured in laboratories to get a cure for whatever disease you may develop!!

      Matt :-) - 2011-09-21 16:08

      @ TinnyTim - well if each person was put in Texas, they'd have 100m2 to themselves. So there's plenty of space, no debate there. As for agriculture, well firstly Maltheus was wrong but Darwin loved it "so it's fact" (strange how two qualified theologians suddenly qualify as scientists and economists when writing like they do). And while we're at it, let's ignore the vast quantities of food that governments deliberately let rot (think EU food mountains, quotas, CAP). The UN's openly admitted to using food as a tool! No, we are not overpopulated. And our lives have infinitely more worth than an animal. Not suggesting that animal cruelty is OK, it's wrong!

      Matt :-) - 2011-09-21 16:10

      @ Utopia - I don't support vegetarianism but maybe Jean has a different reason not to eat meat, other than protecting animals?

      Jean - 2011-09-21 16:45

      @Utopia - well YES. Burgers feed the fat people in McDonalds, a cure for leukaemia can be the last hope for some innocent 10 year old kid ? Call me a hypocrite if you want .. I am fine with that.

      Telara - 2011-09-22 10:56

      @ Matt - it is different, yes. One is a person, the other is not. A fetus is not a PERSON. And I agree with Martin. I hold animal life in higher regard than people, at least the majority of them.

      Telara - 2011-09-22 11:02

      @ Matt - people are animals too you jackass! You'd have to be blind or pretty stupid not to see there are way too many of us on the planet, using more resources than we need, polluting, breeding long exactly do you think that's sustainable?

  • Cliff - 2011-09-21 14:53

    Talk about the year of the Dog! Whew poor mutts!

  • Maria - 2011-09-21 14:54

    Why can't the Chinese Government also but a ban on use of rhino horns?

      Smurf - 2011-09-21 15:10

      cause then the SA government will note make money

      Jean - 2011-09-21 16:45

      depends on how but the but is ..

  • PilgrimX - 2011-09-21 14:57

    Let me just make sure I read it correctly; first you chop up a live dog, then you eat it? Bon appetit my sick china...

  • Andre - 2011-09-21 14:59

    Well, be very carefull if your new neighbours are either Chinees or Vietnamese... You dogs may disapear suddenly

      Martin du Plessis - 2011-09-21 15:24

      That's a well known fact here in Windhoek.

  • shellerjc - 2011-09-21 15:21

    I love the sarcastic remarks. people just dont get it. But that said and done - I am very glad that this "tradition" has been stopped. Its just not right.

      Martin du Plessis - 2011-09-21 15:24

      Yup, a step in the right direction, in my opinion.

      Jean - 2011-09-21 15:45

      LOL.. well you know what they say.. "trolling is A art"

  • phoantoinix - 2011-09-21 15:29

    So if we now also could end the raping of dogs in SA, dogs will have a better life.

      Jean - 2011-09-21 15:34

      How about the raping of dogs and the abduction of girls as young as 13 to be married of and " raped" as part of culture. Also ban the idea of having sex with a virgin will cure AIDS, farm murders, slaugter of cattle at traditional weddings and funerals ? How do you say the one is barbaric and the other not ?

      phoantoinix - 2011-09-21 16:09

      I think the raping of dogs to cure AIDS is decidedly a better practice than raping a young girl to effect same. (This must get the death-penalty.) The traditional raping of dogs is vies. The culture of raping barbarians at weddings is OK by me, as long as the barbarians have first raped other stuff / animals / people.

      Jean - 2011-09-21 16:47

      @phoantoinix - you sir are a legend ;) awesome comment.

  • Davearch - 2011-09-21 15:31

    What sort of people are there ??? Are the HUMAN ? Do they have feelings ?? THANK the LORD for the intervention !!

      Jean - 2011-09-21 15:36

      Glad to see more vegetarians on in this discussion. You surely are one, if not then you my friend are a hypocrite. I will assume you are one.

      phoantoinix - 2011-09-21 16:10

      Oh but I like vegetarians too! (Even if I have yet to taste them. Good with fava beans and Chianti, they say)

      Matt :-) - 2011-09-21 16:42

      Narrow-minded of me I admit, but I just can't see why anyone would not eat meat - especially in SA where the meat is excellent - my little sister in Holland went veggie and turned due to a love of McDonalds, how would she have lasted in SA with Spur or Mike's Kitchen, lol... mind you, I'm apparently a dying breed of people who hate cheese so possibly the same applies "how can you not eat cheese" - well 13 years of having the stench rammed down my nostrils in Holland didn't help the case

  • 50something - 2011-09-21 15:37

    So if China can ban this "tradition" which I am sure is part of their heritage and history, why can't we ban a an ANC song? Well done to the Chinese government, communists and all.

  • Triple Jay - 2011-09-21 15:39

    @ Jean.. So your the one eating the poor animals food?... HAHA LOL I made a funny

      Jean - 2011-09-21 15:46

      hey it is eat or be eaten. Food is food, it is not smart to be fussy when you are hungry ;) Oh yea.. and it was not really funny .. A midget clown in a penguin suite fighting a kangaroo.. now that would be funny.

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  • Marz - 2011-09-21 15:40

    @Jean No animal deserves to get chopped up ALIVE! PS: Just because you dont hear vegtables scream doesnt mean they dont ;)

      Jean - 2011-09-21 15:49

      Oh but I do hear them scream .. I do .. *sob* even more than animals in a slaughter house. ;) But I TOTALLY agree.. the chopping alive is a really cruel. rather slit the thoughts then make sure they are dead. Then chop them up.

      phoantoinix - 2011-09-21 16:01

      How do you know this? Sumting wrong with your ears? Yesterday evening, when I put my broccoli in the boiling water, it screamed bloody murder. In my fridge, the tomatoes are continuously complaining about the cold. But my potatoes make wonderful conversation partners -till they are mashed, of course. BTW: what do you think more humane: putting my carrots whole in the boiling water- or slicing them first? (I used to eat them alive, but that was cruel of course.)

      Jean - 2011-09-21 16:50

      @phoantoinix that is a bit of a moral dilemma. I tend to keep my tomatoes outside, they complain less then. I also do not eat broccoli ( they once insulted my mother). A recommendation would be to get the pre chopped ones from Woollies. saves you the trauma.

  • braamc - 2011-09-21 15:46

    What a filthy race

      Matt :-) - 2011-09-21 16:12

      Are you talking about an off-road competition... or are you expressing racial hatred?

  • phoantoinix - 2011-09-21 15:53

    How does dog taste anyway? And would Alsatians taste much different from poodles? (Sorry, cat-person!)

      Jean - 2011-09-21 16:52

      I am all for animal rights.. Animals have the right to be delicious ...

  • Brainbow - 2011-09-21 16:46

    Dog eats dog.

  • gatvol4corru - 2011-09-21 18:51

    Bloody sickening!

  • Bugsy - 2011-09-21 19:50

    I have seen this disgusting and barbaric practice with my own eyes!!(God help me, I wish I did not). You have no idea how these poor animals suffer. They are kept in cages, can hear the dogs being butchered crying in pain and can smell the blood. They are absolutely TERRIFIED..!! It was the most horrifying thing I have ever witnessed! So, please, don't joke about things you know nothing about.

  • Julsie3 - 2011-09-22 08:13

    Strange how quick we are to comment on other countries when in our very own RSA there is so much animal cruelty. No 1 Rhino poaching that just keeps increasing. And cultural festivals like slaughtering a bull with bare hands in Limpopo. They pull out the animals tongue and literally torture it to death. No we should take a good look at home first RSA. But well done to Chinese government.

      Bugsy - 2011-09-22 11:52

      Believe me, we are not blind to the barbaric practices in our country. There are many people out there who work very hard, with little or no resources to try and stop this. So next time you see them standing outside a shopping center with their collection cans, please dig deep and give generously.

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