If you were horrified and disgusted by these photos of the annual Yulin Dog Meat Festival, you weren’t alone. In fact, festival organizers have been confronted with such a towering wave of revulsion that they decided to bring forward the starting date to avoid all that pesky public scorn and media scrutiny.
The canine banquet took place this past weekend, giving animal lovers and journalists no time to come shame the festival’s participants. Organizers argue that dog-eating is a tradition not only in Guangxi but throughout several east Asian countries, and that they don’t understand Westerners’ hang-ups about killing dogs, which, they believe, is no different from killing cows. However, the grimmest aspect of the festival may in fact be the provenance of the dogs on offer, as they are suspected of sourcing poisoned and abducted house pets as well as potentially diseased strays.
By Ryan Kilpatrick