Thanks to globalization, the world is modernizing, and that means that long-held traditions and customs in modern countries are being reexamined. Case a point is Taiwan, a small but powerful country in Asia. In Asia, certain cultures tolerate the consumption of dog meat as a customary staple for main dish courses. The government of Taiwan responded, by banning the consumption of dog and cat meat, a first for an Asian country and it is a big deal.
Internation rescue organizations who work to stop the trade of dog meat in Asia greeted this incredible development with enthusiasm. Humane Society International representative Wendy Higgins said,
“Taiwan’s progressive ban is part of a growing trend across Asia to end the brutal dog meat trade.”
Last year, South Korea shut down its oldest and longest running dog market, after the country was selected to host the 2018 Winter Olympic games. Animal rights activist all over the globe put pressure on the South Korean government to do so, and the move was mostly motivated by this.
Sadly, in China, the Yulin Festival is still scheduled to take place on June 21. As you might know, the Yulin Festival is an annual gathering where attendees feast on dog meat, and lychees, a type of fruit. The Humane Society International estimates that during the 10-day festival, between 10,000 and 15,000 dogs and cats are slaughtered for their meat.