Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Online Activism Stops Chinese Dog-Eating Carnival

Following an online furor over a traditional Chinese dog-eating carnival dating back at least 600 years, the Chinese government bowed to pressure and stopped the fair. Held every October in the province of Zhejiang, the carnival celebrates an ancient military victory.

The Chinese press reports that the fair was replaced by a commodity fair in the 1980s, but dog-eating was kept. Several years ago, butchers began slaughtering dogs alive in the streets to show that their meat was fresh, not refrigerated or contaminated. Netizens posted pictures on Twitter and other sites which caused such an uproar that the Chinese government banned the carnival.

© C Harris Lynn, 2011

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