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China’s Yulin Dog Meat Festival Survives Celebrity Activism, ‘Wet Market’ Fears

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June 23, 2020

The Yulin Lychee and Dog Meat Festival, a tradition in the southern Chinese city, is set to begin on Summer Solstice, or Sunday, despite years of global animal rights activism urging China to end it.

The festival typically attracts large crowds of carnivores seeking to eat dog meat, often in “hot pot” form, and eat the fruit for which the event is named as a way of cooling down during the summer heat. Chinese merchants from around the country travel to Yulin to sell dog meat, often transporting live dogs and gruesomely butchering them in open markets.

Images of dogs being killed in open-air markets, hung upside down, trapped in filthy cages, and butchered have triggered campaigns around the world to stop the festival, ongoing for almost as long as the festival, which was founded in 2009.

The years 2015 and 2016, in particular, attracted widespread Hollywood scrutiny to the festival. In 2015, pop celebrities like Paris Hilton, Simon Cowell, and Ricky Gervais all made public calls for an end to the festival. The next year, the Animal Hope and Wellness Foundation, which has run operations to rescue dogs from the festival, organized a celebrity video featuring Matt Damon, Joaquin Phoenix, and a host of others bringing awareness to the mass killing and eating of dogs in Yulin.

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