China: Yulin gears up for controversial annual dog-meat festival

While the event is a source of pride for many locals, it has received increased scrutiny and this year, residents said they had noted more police on the streets.

By: Reuters | Yulin | Published: June 20, 2016 8:18 pm
China, China dog festival, china news, dog festival, dog festival China, news, animal rights, animal cruelty, dog eating festival, eating dog, dogs, dog, China dog met festival, Yulin festival, latest news, Yulin festival china, Yulin dog festival, yuling dog meat festival china, world news, international news A vendor pushes his motorbike loaded with caged dogs to a market for sale ahead of a dog meat festival in Yulin in south China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, Monday. Restaurateurs in a southern Chinese town will holding an annual dog meat festival which falls on June 21, the day of summer solstice, despite the international criticism. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

China’s southern city of Yulin geared up on Monday for its upcoming dog meat festival despite widespread opposition from activists calling for an end to the slaughter and eating of the animals.

The annual event starting on Tuesday features consumption of the meat with thousands of dogs expected to be killed. Animal rights activists this month handed Beijing authorities a petition with 11 million signatures protesting the controversial festival.

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While the event is a source of pride for many locals, it has received increased scrutiny and this year, residents said they had noted more police on the streets, near well known dog meat restaurants and markets.

Several restaurants had also noticeably removed references to “dog meat” from their signs. Restaurant owners declined to comment on the reason. The Yulin government has distanced itself from the festival, saying it was staged by private business people and did not have official backing.

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