Dog Meat Festival Opens Amid Outrage
Animal advocates say China's Yulin festival promotes inhumane conditions.
Although dogs have been eaten in parts of East Asia for hundreds—and possibly thousands—of years, a relatively new festival in Yulin, China, has sparked global controversy and polarized many Chinese, over both the treatment of the animals and the practice of eating them.
The ten-day Lychee and Dog Meat Festival started in Yulin, in southern China, on June 21. The annual festival, timed to the summer solstice, has been held for the past decade.
About 10,000 dogs are likely to be slaughtered over the course of the festival, many of them served in hotpots.
The festival, while organized by private citizens and businesses, is not officially endorsed by the Chinese government, at either the local or national level. Local support is mixed,