China dog meat festival targeted by activists
Animal activists and locals have clashed in China over a food festival in in the southwestern region of Guangxi, where the main ingredient is an animal most people are used to seeing under the table rather than on it: Dog.
Protesters have been gathering for weeks in the city of Yulin to try and disrupt the food festival but they have been met with fierce resistance from locals and food vendors, where dog meat is traditionally eaten around the summer solstice.
Residents of the city partaking in the 600-year-old custom buy live dogs on the morning of the solstice, then gather for dinner to eat the meat in the evening.
Some activists tried to buy as many dogs as they could afford to prevent the animals from ending up in a cooking pot.
Photographs from previous festivals showing dogs packed into cages and locals feasting on their meat from steaming pots have circulated on social media, sparking outrage across the globe.
According to animal rights groups, many of the dogs netted for the festivals are strays and stolen pets, drugged or poisoned before being kept in ghastly conditions in pens and then later prepared for consumption.