There is a lot of confusion and misinformation around the Yulin festival in China, and none more so than how it is often labelled as a ten-day festival. This is incorrect.
The Yulin festival itself is a one-day event, and occurs on the day of the summer solstice every year, either on June 20th, 21st, or 22nd.
For example, the summer solstice occurred on June 20th in 2012, 2016, and 2020. In 2021, the summer solstice occurred on June 21st.
Although the festival itself occurs annually on the day of the summer solstice, there is; however, a lead-up period to the festival itself.
Let’s take a look at what we know:
Many people travel to the festival. While we can’t give an exact estimate of the number of locals or tourists who attend the festival, our on-the-ground reporters report that there is an influx of people into Yulin in the days leading up to the festival and the day of the festival itself.
While there are little or no recorded facts about the number of dogs killed each year nor the number of tourists or locals who eat dog meat, our on-the-ground reporters report that the footfall at dog-meat stands and restaurants increases in the days immediately before the festival culminating in a sharp increase on the day of the festival itself.
The uptick in footfall is comparable to the fireworks uptick around the July 4th Independence Day holiday in the USA. While the holiday itself is on July 4th, there is an uptick in the number of fireworks in the days preceding and proceeding the July 4th holiday itself.
CRUDE FACT: Despite the Yulin festival only being a one-day event, dogs and cats are killed daily in Yulin for food.
While every year in June there is a massive increase in the consumption of dog and cat meat because of the Yulin festival, we at Duo Duo Project feel it is less important to argue over the length of this horrific and shameful event than it is to work together to stop the cat and dog meat trade altogether.
That’s why we continue to fight everyday.
But we can’t do it alone. We need your support.
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JOIN US and on-the-ground Chinese animal activists. Help us end the illegal Yulin dog meat festival and trade for good.