China’s most notorious festival, the Yulin Dog Meat and Lychee Wine Festival, is set to begin once again this summer solstice, 21st June, despite national objections and international protests.
The Yulin Dog Meat Festival, which was established in 2010 by dog meat traders in Guangxi province, has been condemned nationally and internationally by animal rights groups, NGOs and dog lovers who argue that the treatment and slaughter of dogs in Yulin is completely inhumane .
Outrage at the Yulin Dog Festival reached its zenith in 2013 and 2014 when the slaughtering of dogs in the streets was widely reported. The outcry from animal rights groups, which was backed by celebrities and public figures including Cameron Diaz, Ricky Grevais, Simon Cowell, Matt Damon and Joaquin Phoenix, brought the festival into the international spotlight and as a result some of the festival’s most barbaric practices have since been curtailed. The public slaughter of dogs is now banned and the Yulin’s slaughterhouses have been moved away from the city centre.