Every June, in the south east city of Yulin, thousands of dogs are slaughtered, butchered, cooked and eaten for the ten-day Lychee and Dog Meat Festival, where some believe the fruit and meat combination will bring health through the long winter months.
Footage from last year’s event, which showed a dog being blowtorched alive, caused outrage around the world.
But the thousands slaughtered at Yulin are just a drop in the ocean for a legal trade that sees 30million dogs slaughtered worldwide annually.
Although it’s not part of the mainstream Chinese diet, China is the world’s largest dog meat market, with 97,000 tonnes produced each year. A recent pork shortage sent the price sky high and boosted sales of dog products.
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