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China has, once again, banned Ramadan in parts of the far western Xinjiang district for Muslim party members, civil servants, students and teachers.
Muslims throughout the district – which is known to have a minority population of Uighurs – have been told not to fast during the Holy Month.
The Uighur leader, Dilxat Raxit, sees the move as China’s attempt to control their Islamic faith and warned that the restrictions would force the Uighur people to resist the rule of the Chinese government even more.
Mr Raxit told Radio Free Asia: “They [the Chinese government] are extracting guarantees from parents, promising that their children won’t fast on Ramadan.”
Shops and restaurants owned by Muslins have also been ordered to continue selling cigarettes and alcohol over the course of the month – or be shut down altogether.
Meanwhile, Chinese Yulin Dog Meat Festival will continue as planned.
About 10,000 cats and dogs are expected to be slaughtered.
There has been much international condemnation of the annual so-called dog meat festival in Yulin. The event is in fact the city’s summer solstice festival, and will take place on the weekend of 21 and 22 June. Traditionally some 10,000 dogs and, more recently cats, are slaughtered for consumption at the event, all washed down with gallons of lychee wine.
Yet the pressure such campaigns exert on Chinese authorities is slight, limited both by the government’s dismissive attitude towards outside opinion and by the fact that Twitter and Facebook are both blocked in the country. Furthermore, there has been a backlash from Chinese “netizens” – Chinese slang for online citizens – against finger-wagging foreigners.
As the industry is largely unregulated, estimates about the amount of dog meat consumed in China are uncertain. (Getty) As the industry is largely unregulated, estimates about the amount of dog meat consumed in China are uncertain. (Getty)
As the industry is largely unregulated, estimates about the amount of dog meat consumed in China are uncertain. However, Hong Kong-based NGO Animals Asia has released a report based on a four-year investigation in which it claimed hat up to 10 million dogs are slaughtered in China for consumption each year. The group said that few of the dogs were raised by meat suppliers, with most being bought or, as some protesters have claimed, stolen.