Lonely Planet Writer

Chinese dog meat festival gets underway despite widespread opposition

Yúlín city.
Yúlín city. Image by Caitriana Nicholson / CC BY-SA 2.0

The city of Yúlín in southwestern China is holding its annual dog meat festival, despite widespread condemnation from animal-rights organisations. It is estimated that 10,000 dogs will be killed and eaten during the festival, which marks the summer solstice. Residents of Yúlín are largely supportive of the tradition, but there is a growing backlash amongst the Chinese middle-classes. A number of high-profile Chinese actors and pop stars have criticised the festival and animal lovers have taken to buying large numbers of dogs from the festival’s food markets to save them from the cooking pot. Read more: bbc.co.uk