If there is any consolation for the dogs in Yulin - and there is scant reason for thanks amid the savagery - their suffering will not continue for years. Their terror is monstrous but short-lived. Unlike those in the dog breeding industry. Granted, dogs in breeding facilities will not be boiled or skinned alive as they are in the streets of Yulin, but many will live for years with painfully infected eyes, ears, wombs, skin; with broken jaws, rotten mouths and poorly healed injuries. Some will be subjected to breeders performing "DIY ear crops" and tail docking, their misery being ended, one day, with a gunshot to the head.
Is Yulin any worse than this for the dogs caught up in the torment? But, while puppy buyers are complicit in the suffering inflicted by the puppy mill industry as they buy their puppies online and in pet shops, I'm certain they would balk at being tarred with the same brutal brush of Yulin.
Can we really argue that one is crueler than the other, or more or less acceptable? Both are created by demands made by individuals enjoying the results of indescribable suffering: whether it's puppies or dog meat. In each, the authorities show no real appetite for, or commitment to tackling the cruelty and ending it once and for all.