One of the biggest factors in me becoming vegan was seeing the caging and slaughtering of animals at a farmers market in China. It made me stop ignoring the relationship between the animals in the field and the animals on my plate.
There have been protests surrounding the Guangxi Dog (meat) Festival in China. Yes, these dogs are most likely being kept in atrocious conditions and may come from questionable sources, but how is that any different to the way we treat the animals that are deemed socially acceptable to consume.
There is a popular US festival ‘Meatopia’ which is described as “A Bacchanal of pork, beef, lamb, chicken, duck, turkey and quail” (New York Times). A drunken, riotous celebration of the death of animals. That’s ok. But killing dogs?
Anyone protesting for the rights of animals should be applauded, but I can’t quite shake off the sense of hypocrisy surrounding this whole dispute.