[New York Times]
BEIJING � In the whirlwind of growth that is modern China, the loss of
But people across the country cheered recently when officials in
The Jinhua Hutou Dog Meat Festival, as it is called, was abruptly
Pet ownership has grown rapidly among the Chinese, as has a greater
REPORTING FROM BEIJING -- A six-century-old tradition of dog eating collided this week with modern concepts about animal rights; and this time, modernity won.
Local authorities canceled a three-day festival that had been planned for Oct. 18 in Jinhua City, Zhejiang province, after tens of thousands of people who organized over the Internet complained.
The festival was part of a local tradition dating back to 1389, when legend had it that a Ming dynasty military hero who was trying to capture Jinhua decided to kill all the dogs so that they wouldn't bark at night and disrupt his invasion.
CHINA has banned a sickening 600-year-old dog meat festival were helpless hounds were boiled alive after furious protests by hundreds of thousands of animal rights activists.
These gruesome scenes of appalling cruelty at the festival - which has been around since the Ming Dynasty - were condemned by millions of animal lovers around the world.
Officials in Hutou, Zhejiang province, eastern China, have called off the mass slaughter next month where up to 15,000 dogs were due to be butchered and eaten over three days.