The ban was initiated shortly after a new party secretary took office, and is likely an effort to fix the public image of Yulin, which is known around the world for its endorsement of animal cruelty. While the ban is believed to be temporary, people who have been campaigning against the festival for years are calling the move “a milestone victory” in fighting the gruesome event.
Many of the festival’s victims are stolen pets and strays taken off the streets. Some arrive at the slaughter sites still wearing collars.
“We have had confirmation from Yulin on the ground from several different sources who tell us that the traders have been made aware of the order, and that it follows the new party boss's desire to convert the city into a ‘city of culture and civilization,’” Wendy Higgins, director of international media for HSI, told The Dodo.