For years, animal activists have been trying to end the Yulin Dog Meat Festival. According to Yulin's government, the Festival has come to an end.
Approved, Until Now
The Yulin Festival actually used to have approval from the government--some members even attending. But recently, with the number of animal rights activists, it's been a "headache".
Activists are blocking dog carrying trucks. They're buying dogs. Some are even stealing knives. And, even if they're not at the festival, people still go against it.
Twitter, Facebook And Instagram
Hashtags. Pictures. Among them, most are reposts. There are about 350,000 Twitter tags on #stopyulin2015 and about 450,000 on Instagram. People are taking selfies with their dogs and explaining their non-support on Facebook. Social media plays a big role in this.
"At least half the non supporters use social media." Explains my animal-loving friend Nina Rockwell. "People are also using the hashtag, friends not food."
Illegal Now, Hopefully Forever
Instead of shutting down the whole festival, municipal government stated that "any and all parts of the festival relating to dog meat will be inspected and shut down". The festival this year, apparently, is off. But that doesn't stop dog meat in the town.
"Government didn't exactly straightforward shut down because of animal rights," Rockwell explains. "They did because of the commotion caused by them. If activists were to put this same effort into the restaurants serving dog meat, almost certainly would Yulin then no longer be a name for abuse."