Commonly referred as the Yulin Dog Meat Festival, The Chinese Dog Meat Festival takes place at Yulin in Guangxi every June from 21-30th and is a 400 years old tradition. Meat of approximately 10.000-15.000 slaughtered dogs and cats is consumed during that period. Before consumption dogs and cats are kept in wooden crates and metal cages and then taken out to be skinned or cooked for consumption. While some sources say, Chinese people believe eating dog meat helps to ward off the heat during the hot summer time, other sources confirm that especially in cold areas dog meat is consumed because people believe that dog meat helps to generate more body temperature to fight the cold.
The festival is not only criticised outside of China but also by many people living in China and fighting for animal rights. According to the government the festival is not official and is rather supported by private businesses. Selling dog meat for human consumption is legal in China, attracting widespread criticism each year. Obviously there is duality in China where dogs are “food items” and “companions” at the same time. Others argue eating beef is more cruel than eating dogs, since cows help you plow fields, they are animals of higher value. If dog is solely raised for the purpose of consumption it is not considered a pet anymore, hence there is no cruelty in the meat sellers opinion. The dog meat business is unhygienic, cruel and poorly regulated. Pets are stolen from the streets and make their way to the dinner table.
In autumn 2015 we also found areas in Shaoxing, Zhejiang offering dog meat as you can see on the signboard to the left, Yulin is not the only place in China where you can possibly buy dog meat off the festival times.