Approximately 10,000 dogs are expected to be consumed during the annual 10-day Yulin, China Dog Meat Festival where people gather to sample dog meat hotpot, lychee fruits and local liquors.
This is the 6th year of the event although tradition indicates that the habit goes back at least 500 years in China, South Korea and other Asian countries.
Although many claim that the animals are treated and butchered humanely, critics say these animals are brutally treated and, sometimes beaten to death or cooked while still alive. Some even claim that tortured animals actually taste better. Many of the dogs can be seen in cramped and unsanitary conditions which can lead to the spread of disease. One campaign group, Stop Yulin Forever, says that dogs are denied food and water for days during their trip to Yulin.
Selling dog meat for human consumption is legal in China and an estimated 10 million dogs are killed for this reason every year.
While many people and groups are opposed to this tradition, it is evident that the amount of dogs consumed bares no stigma to Chinese culture and, let's face it, 10,000 dogs in 10 days make this a popular event!
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