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The Yulin Dog Meat Festival has gained a significant amount of negative press in recent weeks. Centered around the consumption of dog meat, this festival originated in 2010 as a way to promote the dog meat trade in China. Although cultural attitudes towards eating dog are changing both in the country and across Asia, this festival has been allowed to continue despite growing international outrage.

To people who love and cherish their dogs, the concept of a festival devoted to the mass slaughter and consumption of dog meat is absolutely repulsive. We believe that dogs should be treated like members of our families and afforded the due care and respect that comes with this status. In Nepal, a festival that is perhaps the stark opposite of the Yulin Dog Meat Festival exists with the express purpose of celebrating dogs for all the wonderful things that they do for us.

The Tihar Festival is a five-day event that takes place in the fall as part of the Hindu celebration of Diwali. In Nepal, the second day of the festival, known as Kukur Tihar, is devoted exclusively to the celebration of dogs. 

In the Tihar Festival, dogs are worshiped as representations of the Hindu god Bhairav. 

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Dogs are adorned with flower garlands as a sign of respect for the beautiful relationship shared between humans and dogs.

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The red marks on the dog’s foreheads signify the animal’s sacredness

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In addition to their gorgeous adornments, dogs are given fed tons of treats and delicious food.

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Now that’s one happy, sacred pup.

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We don’t know about you, but a festival devoted to showering our pups with love and respect sounds like the best time ever!

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Remember, you don’t have to live in Nepal to take part in this festival. You can celebrate your dog’s greatness every day just by being a responsible and loving pet parent – but if you want to break out the daisy chains for your pup, we’re sure they won’t protest.

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21 comments on “Mad About the Yulin Dog Meat Festival? This Festival in Nepal Will Restore Your Faith in Humanity”

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james larkin
10 Months Ago

lThis is a nonsense story. Nepal is one of the cruelest paces on earth for animals. Have you not heard of the religious animal killing festival where some 250,000 animals are slaughtered for some silly female goddess? It is indeed unfortunate that Nepal, the region where Lord Buddha was born, is the location of such continual animal cruelty.


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Anonymous
10 Months Ago

I live in Nepal and I\'d like to say that dogs are abused for 364 days of the year, and celebrated on one day. Not to mention that thousands of goats, buffalos, etc. get sacrificed here every year. I\'m sorry, but Nepal is not the greatest example to use for animal rights. Do your research!


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anon
30 Jun 2015

you are a protagonist. You don\'t live in Nepal.

pymcat
02 Jul 2015

anonymous one I agree ihave heard of the nepalese sacrificial slaughter

jill nolastname
10 Months Ago

wow what a great thing. a festival for dogs. china take notice. the whole world doesnt like you eatin our pets.


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kruti
13 Jul 2015

do you eat meat?

Guest
16 Jul 2015

Thanks exactly the same thing India and Nepal tells the rest of the world with respect to cows. "World take notice. We don\'t like you slaughter helpless cows and cattle"

Guylaine
10 Months Ago

BS...the hindous have thousands of gods....and look how they treat them the rest of the time! Elephants being abused by their mahouts...cows eating plastic out of dumping sites....dog are homeless everywhere...no faith restored here!!


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anon
30 Jun 2015

thats india you are talking about

colorpurple
10 Months Ago

At last! Thank you to all Nepalese. At least in this country people use their heads and don\'t eat dogs unlike some chinese people who are barbaric and who don\'t have regard for life. Good for you Nepalese people :)


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john hughes
30 Jun 2015

What an ignorant generalisation! As other posters have noted, in India & Nepal (and the USA, France, UK, etc, etc) animals of all sorts are abused on a daily basis. Do you eat meat? If so, you have no righteous leg to stand on; factory farming is incredibly cruel yet too many westerners are happy to lecture to other nations about standards and principles. If you\'re a vegan, then what i\'ve said does not apply. But most people who\'ve condemned the Chinese for eating dogs are not, and therefore massive hypocrites.

NANCY
10 Months Ago

Nor am I impressed. They\'re already thinking about the festival in 5 yrs where the people of Nepal will sacrifice 1/2 million animals for the sake of religion. To me this is total bullshit.


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Guylaine
29 Jun 2015

agree 110%

Madeleine
29 Jun 2015

And you are probably most certainly correct.

Mike
30 Jun 2015

and when we sacrifice 50 million of turkey, we call it thanksgiving.

Anon
30 Jun 2015

you do realise that for every animal sacrificed there is 2 more, so everything works in a balance

Reata
10 Months Ago

Sorry, but I am not the least impressed. First of all animals should be respected and honoured all year round, not once year: I strongly doubt dogs are treated well in Nepal. Second: I am perplexed with that paint. Is I harmless? Not sure. And I don\'t like painting animals: they are as they are.
But most important of all and BY FAR Nepal holds the largest animal sacrifice in the world! The cruelty - coupled with ignorance and superstition - is beyond imagination. Just go and see images and read articles about that. And that\'s not the only event. In the capital there is a temple where they sacrifice birds, snakes and mice if I remember correctly with appalling torture (I think they are burnt alive). And if these animals are not available they use other species. And I believe this is the tip of the iceberg only. To me Nepal is off limits. Hoping that one day they enter the civilised world. So far they are monsters to me.


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Madeleine
29 Jun 2015

Amen!

Madeleine
29 Jun 2015

Kinda reads like the Nepalese Public Relations Agency in full gear and momentum.

Priyanka
29 Jun 2015

First of all, to tell you the truth, western countries kill more animals than the number killed in Gadhimai festival, everyday. So, that makes your so called "civilized" world full of "monsters" who cannot even survive without eating meat. Second of all, it is celebrated only in a small village of Nepal. So, it is completely wrong to judge the whole country on the basis of that (Trust me, many Nepalese are against animal sacrifice). Whereas, Tihar is celebrated all over Nepal with happiness and lots of positive attitude. Have you ever been to Nepal? I don\'t think so. How can you be so sure of what happens/ does not happen? I\'m PRETTY SURE you were biting off a chicken wing with a plate full of bacon by your side while you were writing that comment.

Anon
30 Jun 2015

the "paint" they use is actually powder and it is "human tested". We apply that powder to ourselves aswell and it is off no harm to animals

Elsje Parsons Massyn
02 Jul 2015

Reata I am with you on this one. 2500 farm animals slaughtered for one goddess in a year. No wonder 8500 people were killed in the recent Nepal natural disaster. Its a bit of KARMA at work there.
Also, whats the use of worshipping dogs 1 day in the year and all the other das neglecting them. Superstition and religion is a very weird and strange thing.

Ana Silva
10 Months Ago

Those are some adorable puppies! I call all dogs puppies haha. My dog will always be my lttle puppy.


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