Yulin, Southern Guangxi province, is a small city famous in China for its Dog Festival, known as “Lychee dog meat festival”.
According to locals, the section dedicated to dogs was inaugurated during the 90s. Locals gather here just to eat dog meat. Eating dog meat is a tradition since ancient times. But now (finally) time are changed, and this festival now attracts every year much more attentions from Chinese animal protection associations and media. According to Apple Daily during the last edition of the festival were killed more than 100,000 dogs.
Yulin dog festival images
The movement against the consumption of cat and dog meat was given added impetus by the formation of the Chinese Companion Animal Protection Network (CCAPN), a networking project of the Chinese Animal Protection Network.
In China, draft legislation was proposed at the start of 2010, which aims to prohibit the consumption of dog meat. The legislation, however, is not expected to be effective, despite officially outlawing the eating of dog meat if it is passed. On 26 January 2010, the first draft proposal of the legislation was introduced, with the main reason for the law reportedly to protect the country’s animals from maltreatment, and includes a measure to jail people who eat dog for up to 15 days. [Wikipedia]
Since the ban of the local government, illegal trafficking of dog meat started to spread.
Dog meat costs 15 yuan/jin (half of kilo). Few days before the festival prices start to raise.
Recently, in Yulin any references to dog meat has been removed.
However there are many street vendors and market dedicated to dog meat.