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The Lychee and Dog Meat Festival, commonly referred to as Yulin Dog Meat Festival, is an annual celebration held in Yulin, Guangxi, China, during the summer solstice in which festival goers eat dog meat and lychees.

The festival spans about ten days during which it is estimated that 10,000–15,000 dogs are consumed. The festival has been criticised by animal welfare supporters.

The tradition of dog meat consumption began over 400 years ago in China. Many believed that dog meat would help ward off the heat felt through the summer months. It wasn’t until recent years where the festival in Yulin began.[2]

The festival is celebrated annually in Yulin, Guangxi, China, during the summer solstice in June, by eating dog meat and lychees.[3] About 10,000 to 15,000 dogs are consumed during the 10 days of the festival.[3][4] Throughout the 10 days of festivities dogs are paraded in wooden crates and metal cages and are taken to be skinned and burned for consumption of festival attendants and local residents.

In a 2014 statement released to Xinhua, Yulin’s local government denies any official involvement or endorsement of the festival itself, and describes the event as a local custom observed by “a small percentage of Yulin’s residents. They attribute the branding of the event to local businesses and residents

Social Media campaigns

Social Media campaigns have had a significant impact on spreading awareness of the festival around the globe. Many activist and public figures take to Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram and have created hashtags such as #stopyulinforver #stopyulin2015 and #stopyulin2016 to spread the word. Because of the social media campaigns the number of dogs slaughtered have steadily decreased since 2013 from over 10,000 to 1,000.

Text from: wikipedia.com

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