Published On: Tue, Jun 21st, 2016

Dog meat festival

Matt Damon, Leona Lewis and Pamela Anderson call for an end to the Yulin Dog Meat Festival, which starts today

Dog meat festival - China

An annual dog meat festival has begun in southern China, amid widespread domestic and international opposition.

About 10, 000 dogs and cats are expected to be killed and eaten during the controversial 10-day festival in Yulin.

Activists say the event is cruel, and this year a petition calling for it to be banned collected 11 million signatures.

The local government says the festival does not have official backing but is staged by private businesses.

 

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What is the festival about?

The Lychee and Dog Meat Festival sees people gathering in Yulin to sample dog meat hotpot, lychee fruits and local liquor.

A tradition of eating dog meat dates back some 500 years in China, South Korea and other countries, where many believe it wards off the heat in summer months.

However the Yulin festival, celebrated during the summer solstice, is a relatively new one, beginning only in recent years.

Read the full story at BBC 

The non-profit Animal Hope and Wellness Foundation recently released a video featuring celebs like Matt Damon, Joaquin Phoenix, Pamela Anderson, Kate Mara and Sia speaking out against the festival, being a “voice for those who cannot speak.”

“We’re here asking you to stop the cruelty, stop the beatings, stop the burning, stop the hangings, stop skinning them alive, ” they say. [

 

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