Dining on Dogs in China: Dog Days of Yulin (Part 1/2)

I’d say we’re about 50 meters from where
all those live dogs are being sold, and just down here you’ve got this. [NOISE]
I’m just watching a bunch of people roasting their dogs. Oh my God. [NOISE] [MUSIC] The Annual Dog Meat Festival upsets
practically everyone who isn’t taking part in it.>>[FOREIGN].>>[FOREIGN].>>Animal rights activists say the dog
meat trade is cruel, unhygienic, and poorly regulated, with stolen pets and strays making their way to the dinner
table. Despite all this and spurred on by fierce backlash from across
China, some Yu Lin locals say this year they’re even more set on plowing
down man’s best friend by the cage full. [MUSIC] Yi Lin is a town of six million not far
from China’s southern border of Vietnam. We arrived the day before summer solstice
and everyone was getting ready to celebrate by
killing some dogs. So we’re just heading down to Donkor
Shicheng, which is one of the main meat markets here
in Yu Lin. It’s where a lot of people obviously buy
their meat so I am hoping that there’ll be guys buying
dogs in preparation for the festival. [SOUND]>>Oh my God.>>[FOREIGN].>>The smell is just. I don’t know. Cuz it’s meaty. It’s like horribly, horribly meaty, and
it’s kind of mixed with that familiar dog meat smell that just really
turns your stomach. But, you know, I don’t hang out in meat
markets that often, and a lot of Chinese meat markets, to be fair,
are pretty explicit. So maybe this is normal. Maybe my stomach would be turned anyway
>>[FOREIGN_LANGUAGE].>>[FOREIGN_LANGUAGE].>>When I just asked the guy delivering
the dogs where they came from he said they’re from Gua Jo outside of the
province but no one seems to be able to give me an
exact answer of where these dogs are from. [NOISE]>>[FOREIGN_LANGUAGE].>>Everything must go into whatever their
cooking. There’s they’re just kinda blindly
chopping, I’m really scared to open my mouth because
I think there’s gonna like [LAUGH] dog meat going inside it. [NOISE]
It seems like people are very much aware of the bad name they’re getting for
eating dog but they’re very defensive and quite hostile
towards us. On the other hand they say that it’s their
right to eat dog. Because living conditions have got better
in China, they’re able to eat dog more and they’re not forcing anyone else to eat
them. [MUSIC] The butchery is bleak enough, but it’s the
downtown market where people are buying the freshest, locally sourced produce that
really messes with your head.>>[FOREIGN_LANGUAGE].>>For these actually to be fair look more
like the kind of dogs I was expecting to be breed for eating. [MUSIC] Apart from that guy over there who looks
distinctly like my bijou freeze. [MUSIC] [NOISE] [MUSIC] [FOREIGN_LANGUAGE] [MUSIC] [FOREIGN]. I thought I was talking to her pet and then she said yeah someone wants to buy
>>[FOREIGN_LANGUAGE].>>[FOREIGN]>>It’s a business. They want to sell the pets whether they’re
as pets or whether they’re as meat, they just wanna
sell them. Shandai is an activist spearheading the
Anti Dog Festival movement. I caught her wandering around the market
looking teary. So what are you doing here today?>>Well today I’m checking the markets, checking the data about the dog cat meat
trade. According to our investigation dog and
cats was killed in the dog meat festival over 50000 piece.>>Wow.>>Yeah very huge.>>Over 50000 and so that but that’s dogs
and cats.>>Yeah that includes some cats. Yeah, cats about 10000 pieces.>>So about 40000 dogs killed.>>Yeah, yeah. huh.
>>So do you think the festival is bigger than it was last year? I don’t think that it’s bigger than last
year. I think the Yulin government have do do
something and it worked. We also can find some some it was
controlled step-by-step. But however in these dog trade markets I
just wonder because, this is not the legal trade. The volume is not so small.>>Mm.
>>Yeah and I found some dog that were so old and sick and you might get some sick,
so I think that you need to get more strict
control here.>>Can you just explain to us you said
they’re illegal can you explain that?>>The trading here is illegal because you
don’t see any supervision here. There’s no evidence showing that these
dogs belong to the traders. [FOREIGN_LANGUAGE].>>Do you have any demonstrations planned
for anything for today?>>I think maybe later we’ll do it. Yeah. [MUSIC]>>We’re just on our way over to the city
government. We’ve heard that they’re animal rights
protesters demonstrating over there. I have to say up til now their attempts
have been a little bit shambolic so not quite sure what to expect. [MUSIC]

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