Changes in China: Annual Dog Meat Festival Sparks Outrage

The Chinese city of Yulin held its annual dog meat festival over the weekend, but not without a lot of controversy. The festival was the subject of a huge backlash this year because more Chinese citizens are thinking of dogs as pets rather than food. The local government, which normally sponsors the festival, officially distanced itself this year, even denying that it was a holiday at all.

“In recent years, a few people in Yulin would get together on the summer solstice to eat dog meat and lychees, to the extent that it’s gradually become a culinary tradition,” an official statement said. “This so-called ‘Summer Solstice Lychee and Dog Meat Festival’ is just something individual businesses and people have come up with, and in fact this holiday doesn’t exist.”

 

Chinese activists surround a deliveryman, offering to buy his dogs.

 

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