Dog eating festival in China banned after 600 years

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China banned an annual dog-eating festival after a large public outcry over the way the animals were killed. The event in Qianxi Township outside Jinhua City in Zhejiang Province has been going on for 600 years, but both local and international outrage has stopped the event.

The festival has garnered negative publicity in recent years as vendors began displaying live dogs to customers. The dogs would be killed in front of buyes to prove that the meat was fresh and safe, according to Chinese state news agency Xinhua.

Hundreds of thousands of Chinese took to Weibo, a social media network, to show their distaste with the festival, and in an online poll, users voted with a 90 percent majority to end the practice.

“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,” wrote activist Junchangzai on Weibo.

Despite the fact that even many Qianxi residents were happy with the ban, others were saddened by the loss.

“It’s our tradition, which the government has no right to ban,” a villager told The Qianjiang Evening News. “The dog-eating carnival is like the Spring Festival to me.”

The tradition started after a 14th century battle, when an army invading Qianxi secretly killed dogs so that the animals’ barks wouldn’t give away its position. When the city was sacked, the army held a celebratory feast and served the meat from the slaughtered dogs.

Each year after, citizens commemorated the conquering Ming Dynasty emperor Zhu Yuanzhanga by snacking on dog.

Dog meat has been a staple in China since at least 500 B.C., and it’s still socially acceptable and was even eaten by Chinese astronauts in space. Recent criticism has primarily focused on the treatment of the dogs, many of which are bred solely to be consumed.

Dogs and cats in small cages aren’t an uncommon sight at a local meat market, and an estimated 10 million dogs are killed each year. While the practice is still a vibrant tradition, the government has been cracking down on cruelty, and issuing harsh fines of up to 500,000 yuan ($73,500) for the sale of meat.

Source:  International Business Times

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The 8-year-old pooch has a left ear that measures 12.25 inches and a right ear that measures 13.5 inches, according to the 2012 edition of the record book, which will be released Sept. 15.

Harbor’s enormous ears have earned him plenty of fans, according to his owner Jennifer Wert, of Boulder, Colo.

But they can also be a burden. When the purebred was a pup, he used to trip over them and tumble down the stairs, a Guinness press release notes.

Today, passersby often take pictures of Harbor’s droopy ears or give them a friendly tug when he’s out for a walk.

“Most days I forget how oddly long his ears are,” said Wert. “He’s a phenomenon in the world and he creates smiles wherever we go.”



Odd as it might sound, Harbor’s huge ears don’t necessarily improve his hearing — instead they boost his sense of smell. When a black and tan coonhound moves, its swinging ears push scents towards its nostrils, helping it detect and follow prey.

With his inclusion in the 2012 Guinness Book of World Records, Harbor joins a long list of dogs with very long ears.

A basset hound named Mr. Jeffries set a world record in 2002 with ears measuring about 11.5 inches, according to the BBC.

In 2003, a German basset hound named Jack took the title with ears reportedly measuring just over 13 inches.

The following year, Tigger, a bloodhound from Illinois, set a world record that still stands today, with ears measuring 13.5 inches on the left and 13.75 inches on the right — 1.25 and .25 inches longer than Harbor’s droopy ears, respectively.

Tigger, who won many dog show titles and awards, passed away in 2009, according to the Guinness website.



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