Carrie Johnson blasts China over 'sickening' dog eating festival

‘The British public would rightly never support the slaughter and consumption of dogs’: No10 defends Carrie Johnson’s blast at China over ‘sickening’ traditional food festival where pooches are on the menu

  • She hit out on Twitter over an annual event in which dogs are on the menu
  • 5,000 expected to be consumed over 10 days at the Yulin Dog Meat Festival
  • PM’s wife tweeted: ‘The torture of these dogs and puppies is sickening’

Downing Street defended Carrie Johnson today after she publicly lashed out at the ‘sickening’ practice of eating dogs in China.

In her first political intervention as the Prime Minister’s wife, Mrs Johnson, a noted animal welfare activist, hit out on Twitter over an annual event in which pooches are on the menu.

Some 5,000 animals are expected to be consumed over 10 days at the Yulin Dog Meat Festival, which began in southern China yesterday.

Mrs Johnson, who married the PM late last month, tweeted a link to a story about the annual event, saying: ‘The torture of these dogs and puppies is sickening. Warning: these pictures are the thing of nightmare.’

Asked if the PM agreed with his wife’s anger at the scenes, his official spokesman said today: ‘The British public would rightly never support the slaughter and consumption of dogs.’ 

In her first political intervention as the Prime Minister’s wife, Mrs Johnson, a noted animal welfare activist, hit out on Twitter over an annual event in which pooches are on the menu.

Dogs rescued from a lorry bound for the Yulin festival this week by animal welfare activists

Some 5,000 animals are expected to be consumed over 10 days at the Yulin Dog Meat Festival, which began in southern China yesterday.

Mrs Johnson works for the Aspinall Foundation, an animal charity. And she has previously been vocal on the issue.

The couple have a dog, Dilyn, who is often accompanies the PM on his morning runs.

Last year she was named Peta UK’s Person of the Year ‘for speaking up for animals from monkeys to mutts and being a bright light in a tough year’. 

And she has been credited with making Mr Johnson more outspoken on animal welfare and environmental issues.

In January he came under fire from his own party for publicly shaming China’s use of traditional medicine and blaming the ‘demented’ practice of harvesting pangolin scales for causing coronavirus. 

In an environmental speech to world leaders Mr Johnson tore into people who ‘grind up the scales of a pangolin’ in a bid to become more ‘potent’ – a thinly veiled attack on Chinese remedies.

Ms Symonds has been vocal in her opposition to wet markets, where the animals are sold. Such markets are also blamed for aiding the transfer of Covid-19 from wild animals to humans. 

Mr Johnson made the remarks in a virtual speech to the One Planet Summit, hosted by France’s President Macron, citing the illegal trade in the scaly anteater-like creatures.

They are widely used in Chinese medicine and their trafficking has been blamed for transmitting the virus from bats found in the wild to humans.

The first documented cases of the Covid-19 were in the Chinese city of Wuhan, with a wet market trading in exotic animals being seen as the probable source.

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