The Obsession with Yulin

The time has come again (21st-30th June 2018) when approximately 10,000 dogs will be slaughtered for mass consumption over a ten day period. 

Wow, that’s a lot of dogs.

Well, not if you compare it to the number of farm animals slaughtered for food. It is estimated that over 70 billion farm animals are killed every year (not including the trillions of fish that die for food). Simple maths then tells us that over the same ten day period, during the Yulin festival, approximately 1.9 billion farm animals are murdered.

Now 10,000 isn’t sounding so bad…  

Quite rightly so, there is widespread condemnation of this festival. However I don’t see many protests screaming out for the end of  Thanksgiving or Christmas. You know, those ‘Turkey Meat Festivals’ where over 10 million turkeys die for one family dinner a year. 

Oh but killing dogs is different, right?

I’ve heard all sorts of reasons for banning the Yulin Dog Meat Festival whilst justifying the consumption of other animals products:

  • You can’t kill dogs, dogs are pets.
    – “Pet” is a futile label. So is “farm animal”. All animals are living beings worthy of life.
  • Dogs are smarter than farm animals. 
    – Absolutely not true, pigs are known to be smarter than dogs.
  • The dogs are kept in cruel conditions and killed brutally.
    – Everything happening to a dog at this festival has been done to a farm animal. I invite you to watch Earthlings. Be warned, it’s brutal. 

If you’re interested in more dog-meat-hypocrisy then check out Earthling Ed‘s video here.

Another objection to the festival is that the dogs are killed in front of baying crowds as though it were a show. Don’t worry though, China will one day figure out that if they murder the dogs behind closed doors, just like farm animals, then less people will have a problem with it and those pesky protests will subside.


Let’s make this clear though, The Yulin Dog Meat Festival is disgusting, animal cruelty at its worst and will hopefully one day be banned (and I feel exactly the same way about people eating cows, turkeys, pigs etc.). If you’d like to help the banning of Yulin speed up, then PETA offer some worthy suggestions here

If you’re beginning to see the huge contradiction in the public outcry against the dog meat trade but then going home to a chicken dinner, then you’re one step closer to becoming vegan. If you’d like to take the next step, then feel free to get in touch. I have a ton of resources that you might want to look at 🙂 

Lastly, thanks to mega Vegan Sidekick for allowing me to illustrate the fundamental points of this article using his artwork 💚

58 thoughts on “The Obsession with Yulin

  1. Bianca says:

    Thank you! This is such a good read. As a meat eater and dog lover, there’s so much western cultural bias. My favorite is to compare it to cows since they are considered sacred in other countries.

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  2. hal says:

    you’re going to think i’m a total flake but I actually became familiar with this from the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills… I guess a reality show star could use their platform for good after all lol

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    1. The Crumby Vegan says:

      Ah thank you for the lovely comment, Dionne. You’re right that the Yulin festival is an incredibly hard topic to talk about, but the constant hysteria surrounding it just always reminds me that there is clear distinction between which animals we love on this planet – which is wrong. It’s like saying you love a stranger from France but not a stranger from Italy 💚


    1. The Crumby Vegan says:

      I love that you’re so open about what you eat. You’re right, we must encourage steps towards veganism. If you do care about animals, then I’m sure you will start thinking about it more seriously, when that time comes then always feel free to contact me 💚


  3. Autumn - Simply Amazing Living says:

    The Yulin dog festival is truly disgusting. It is strangely disturbing that we as humans determine which animal we can kill for food and which we cannot.

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    1. The Crumby Vegan says:

      You are 100% correct Autumn, I also find it incredibly disturbing… But it’s because we have grown up with these unwritten rules. I just wish people would question these rules a little more 💚


  4. Shell says:

    Omg I had no idea this was a thing and having a festival for it is so horrid to me… Thank you for spreading awareness and knowledge….


  5. bina says:

    I’m glad to see that someone has written about this because I’ve only seen the stuff on the Internet news. I don’t like what’s happening out there and I can see the points that you’re giving out which are totally valid and I don’t think it’s fair. I really enjoyed reading this article

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    1. The Crumby Vegan says:

      I absolutely understand, veganism for non-vegans can seem quite overwhelming, but remember you wouldn’t have to do go 100% straight away. If you give up a product a month (say pork for the first month) you’d find yourself vegan within the year. I also went vegan by myself, in a family of non-vegans (heavy meat-eaters actually), however now my husband eats mostly plant-based, my mum is vegetarian and my dad has gone fully vegan. You could be the inspiration that your family is looking for 💚


  6. Cristine says:

    I think every culture has a right to have their own customs. While you may not agree, everyone must do what they feel is best for them. Some people might feel that you’re making a wrong choice for being vegan

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    1. The Crumby Vegan says:

      It’s a great point but has nothing to do with the point I’m making in my article. You always let your bias skew your comments…

      I would be incredibly happy if anyone were to come to me and discuss why they thought veganism was wrong. I’m very confident in my arguments, hence why I made the choice to change my life. If you’d ever like to actually state what you think is wrong with veganism then please feel free to comment with something relevant… 💚


  7. Sweet Coralice says:

    I’d never heard of this custom before and I’m kinda shocked at it. I don’t think I’d ever really be able to switch to becoming vegan/vegetarian but I do think that brutally killing any living creature, regardless of what our country’s customs are, is plain wrong. Some ppl just love violence and glorify it.

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    1. The Crumby Vegan says:

      Many, many people have also said that they didn’t think they could be vegan – I was one of them… And here I am with a blog about veganism.

      Unfortunately we are led to believe that the farm animals are killed ‘humanely’ which is absolutely nonsense, there is no such thing as a humane death when on a farm making a profit. Hence the hypocrisy about the dog meat festival 💚


    1. The Crumby Vegan says:

      I can understand it is shocking for people that haven’t heard about it, but shouldn’t we question why it is shocking? Considering that the Western world eat all sorts of animals – why would eating dogs shock us? 💚


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