The Lychee and Dog Meat Festival or the Yulin Dog Meat Festival is an annual celebration held in Yulin, Guangxi, China, during the summer solstice.
The custom is cruel and the target of adverse reaction from people all over the world.
The #YulinDogMeatFestival begins. ???? Anyone participating or "enjoying," may you endure everlasting agony in hell.— Teni Panosian (@TeniPanosian) June 21, 2016
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Anti-animal cruelty campaigns are also expanding in China as more members of the country’s middle class have begun to keep dogs as pets.
Animal rights campaigners in China handed in a petition with 11 million signatures calling for an end to the annual dog-eating festival in the southern city of Yulin.
But to no avail. The festival goes on like every year.
The festival is an ancient tradition and annual celebration of Chinese culture. It is celebrated by eating canine meat, lychees and drinking liquor. Dog meat is part of diet in countries like China, Japan, Vietnam and Korea.
One of the reasons the ancient custom lives on, according to some, is that it is promoted by dog meat traders to boost the sale of dog meat.