The WashingtonTime.com ————–By Staff ————Tues., Jun 22, 2021
Thousands of dogs will be murdered and eaten over 10 days at the annual Yulin Dog Meat Festival in Guangxi. The festival goes on despite outcries from campaigners who say it is cruelty to animals and a public health risk.
The Yulin festival first launched in 2010 where as many as 15,000 dogs were killed. Chinese and international pressure has seen this figure reduce to around 3,000 dogs. However, it is estimated that around 10 to 20 million dogs are slaughtered in China every year.
The Chinese tradition of eating dog meat dates back around 500 years and is believed to ward off the heat of the summer.
It comes as the world continues to struggle with the spread of Covid which is thought to have started in a wet market selling animals in Wuhan more than 18-months-ago.