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dogs to the slaughter

There is an old saying that pre-school teachers try to instill into children, but most forget as adults. It goes: "do unto others as you would have them do unto you." As wise as words go, but in a serious case of just desserts the words became real to one dog meat farmer in China.

Reports tell that a Chinese farmer who was running an illegal dog meat business shot himself with a poisoned arrow that was meant to kill the dogs he sells for meat. In Hunan province of China, the farmer was leading a demonstration to his ranch hands on how to operate a bow and arrow. When he tried to reload the arrow, he accidently struck himself in the foot. The farmer was rushed to the hospital, but he expired before he could arrive.

The authorities lead a raid on his farm after the suspicious circumstances of his death and found 1,000 carcasses of frozen dogs stored in his industrial-sized freezer. Although a number of stories have arisen recently of Chinese dog and cat meat consumption, it is still illegal in the country. The entire ranch was seized and the five ranch hands that worked there were arrested. It is thought that this stockpile of dog meat was meant for the upcoming Yulin Festival. The Yulin Festival, that takes part in Yulin Province on June 22, still remains the biggest pet meat consumption event in the country, even after it was banned several years ago.

In Chinese lore, dog meat was thought to stimulate internal heat to ward off winter's cold, but the consumption of it on Yulin, which is also the summer solstice, is a purely superstitious affair in which they believe it will bring good luck.

While this one farmer got what he had coming to him, there are still hundreds of others just like him that butcher the 20 million dogs and cats that die in China each year for consumption in the cruelest ways.

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