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LCA Undercover Investigation Exposes Cruel Slaughterhouses of the Yulin Dog Meat Festival in China

Undercover footage released exclusively today by LCA exposes the horrific abuse and torture endured by dogs inside slaughterhouses at China's Yulin Dog Meat Festival. LCA is the first organization to document the slaughter of dogs inside Yulin's slaughterhouses. The footage was shot prior to the June 21, 2016 start of Yulin's annual dog meat festival where an estimated 10,000 dogs are killed during the summer solstice.

Video taken by LCA's investigators inside Yulin area slaughterhouses documented the cruel transport, handling and killing of dogs, including:

  • dogs tightly packed inside transport cages and left for hours on the sidewalks adjacent to markets
  • slaughterhouse workers ramming and hitting terrified dogs with metal pipes to move them from large transport trucks
  • dogs dragged by their necks with metal tongs and bludgeoned with metal pipes as an ineffective means of stunning them
  • dogs having their throats cut open and slowly bleeding to death while visibly gasping for breath
  • dogs exhibiting signs of severe distress as they stand in pools of blood and watch their cage mates die

To learn more about LCA's efforts to stop China's dog meat trade, visit:

The Yulin dog meat festival was launched by dog meat traders in 2009 as a commercial enterprise to boost flagging sales of dog meat. An estimated 10,000 dogs will be killed and eaten during the festival. Many of these dogs are stolen pets and are transported hundreds of miles over provincial borders to reach Yulin. The slaughterhouses operate without the certificate of inspection mandated by China's Agriculture Ministry.

LCA's investigative team traveled to Yulin before the festival started to document the cruel slaughter. LCA will present its findings to the Yulin city council and demand the slaughterhouses be closed. While the city of Yulin has withdrawn their sponsorship of the festival, they have failed to enforce existing laws and regulations violated by the dog meat trade, including laws that regulate animal disease control, food safety, trans-provincial dog transport, and youth protection.


1. CLICK HERE to sign the petition urging Chinese officials to enforce the law and stop the Yulin Dog Meat Festival, and to finally end China's bloody dog and cat meat trade.

2. Send a letter in the mail to Ambassador Cui Tiankai at the Chinese Embassy in Washington, D.C. urging him to support a ban on dog and cat meat. Mail your letter to the following address:

Ambassador Cui Tiankai
Chinese Embassy Chancery
3505 International Pl N.W
Washington, D.C. 20008

3. Make a donation today to keep LCA undercover investigators in the field to put an end to China's cruel dog meat trade.

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