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Documentary speaks for right treatment of ‘divine pigs’

YIMIN FESTIVAL:Lin Jui-chu hopes to convince more people to support her campaign against the traditional practice of fattening pigs for dedication at a religious ceremony

By Hsieh Wen-hua and Jake Chung  /  Staff reporter, with staff writer

“If the yiminye knew how the offerings had been raised, would they eat the meat? Would they still grant us protection?” some have asked.

Lin said she hoped the ceremony would return to the original tradition of offering thanks to ancestors and end the inhumane treatment of divine pigs.

Temple priests presiding over the Yimin Festival ceremony have also expressed shock when they saw the documentary. They said it was not that the Yimin temples did not wish to change, but they had to consider if the ancestors would be offended if the ceremony were to be toned down.

Lin said she believes the documentary has already made an impact and that it only needed time or the will for changes to take effect.

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