WATCH: Local residents protest dog meat festival

Around 20 residents added their voices to the demonstration on Stirling Crescent.
Around 20 residents added their voices to the demonstration on Stirling Crescent.

ANIMAL activists staged a peaceful demonstration outside the Chinese Consulate in Durban North on Saturday  morning in opposition to the Lychee and Dog Meat Festival which begins in June in Yulin in Southern China. Judy van der Westhuizen, who runs an animal rescue NPO called Khetani Animal Rescue read out a memorandum calling for an end to the annual festival.

According to Van der Westhuizen, about 10 000 dogs and cats are expected to be killed during the 10-day festival.

“Dogs are man’s best, the most loyal friend. It breaks my heart to see their suffering. We want to stop the abuse of animals and ask the Chinese government to consider the western world.

“It breaks my heart seeing this go on every year. I’m disappointed in the human race. We can’t sit back and allow this to happen. Ultimately we want to challenge our government as well as other countries to try and stop the festival from going on. It just doesn’t make sense,” she said.

Several organisations, including Stop Yulin Forever, Humane Society International and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) have added their voices to ban of the festival.

Tarryn Nelson, Leslie Smillie and Yvonne Flavell.

Tarryn Nelson, Leslie Smillie and Yvonne Flavell.

Sarah Owen, Jeannette van Vuuren and Jocelyn Jacobs also show their support.

Steph van der Westhuizen and Darren Smit.

Steph van der Westhuizen and Darren Smit.

An emotional Judy van der Westhuizen read out a memorandum calling for the banning of the festival to the crowd.

An emotional Judy van der Westhuizen read out a memorandum calling for the banning of the festival to the crowd.

Some of the signs at the peaceful demonstration.

Some of the signs at the peaceful demonstration.

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