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The Controversial Dog Meat Eating Festival in China Opened Today

A buyer checking the quality of a dog at the festival. (Image: Tencent.com)
A buyer checking the quality of a dog at the festival. (Image: Tencent.com)

Although many animal rights groups all over the world are voicing strong criticism over the Dog Meat Eating Festival held in Yulin of Guangxi Province, this year’s festival still made its opening on June 22 on a low key.

Many dogs were kept in rusty cages at the Yulin Festival. (Image: Tencent.com)

Many dogs were kept in rusty cages at the Yulin Festival. (Image: Tencent.com)

Under the pressure of public opinion, some changes, perhaps superficially, did take place in Yulin City this year.

There are no more bloody slaughter scenes taking place on the street.

Some small shops were closed in the “market rectification activities” organized by the local government. The shops that remained open were renamed. For example, the “No.1 Crispy Dog Meat” was renamed by the owner’s nickname, according to Sina News.

A puppy on sale was showing his friendliness to people. (Image: Weibo.com)

A puppy on sale was showing his friendliness to people. (Image: Weibo.com)

Dogs in cages. (Image: Tencent.com)

Dogs in cages. (Image: Tencent.com)

What is undeniable is the market for dog meat still exists. The killing of dogs is still happening in Yulin. It’s just people may not do as flagrantly as before.

A dog was killed, processed, and grilled. (Image: Tencent.com)

A dog was killed, processed, and grilled. (Image: Tencent.com)

Yang Xiaoyun, a volunteer protecting dogs from Tianjin, came to Yulin and attended the festival. She spent money buying dogs to rescue them, as she has in previous years.  She said she spent $1,200 in one day, saving more than 100 cats and dogs, according to Tencent News. Yang Xiaoyun said that this year she is not going to ship the rescued animals back to Tianjin. She plans to find a local farm to raise the animals there.

Volunteer Yang Xiaoyun in Yulin. (Image: Tencent.com)

Volunteer Yang Xiaoyun in Yulin. (Image: Tencent.com)

A puppy got bought by the volunteer. (Image: Tencent.com)

A puppy got bought by the volunteer. (Image: Tencent.com)

A volunteer was taking photos of the dogs. (Image: Tencent.com)

A volunteer was taking photos of the dogs. (Image: Tencent.com)

 

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