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Grim Photographs Surface From Chinese Dog Eating Festival

Written by Beatriz Sanchez
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Every culture has its culinary delicacies, and China has a long history of eating dogs. Traditionally, dogs are eaten for medicinal reasons, as their meat is supposed to stoke the body's yang energy, and at the southern Chinese city of Yulin, there’s a superstition about bringing good fortune at the summer solstice.

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But while eating dog has ancient roots, the new Chinese dog meat festival doesn’t. The event only started in the 1900s and isn’t official--the local authorities even deny the festivals existence. Instead, they say it’s an informal gathering of like-minded individuals where dogs are bludgeoned to death on the spot, and eaten with an accompaniment of lychees and alcohol.

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But, as it’s to be expected, many aren’t so crazy about the idea, especially since China started to change into a nation of dog lovers, not eaters. And thankfully, protesters have had some success in the past.

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In 2011, Chinese authorities banned the Jinhua Hutou Dog Meat Festival in the Zhejiang province which dates back six centuries and was rooted in commemoration of a legendary battle, yet it was nixed because of the public request.

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But, as it’s to be expected, many aren’t so crazy about the idea, especially since China started to change into a nation of dog lovers, not eaters. And thankfully, protesters have had some success in the past.

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In 2011, Chinese authorities banned the Jinhua Hutou Dog Meat Festival in the Zhejiang province which dates back six centuries and was rooted in commemoration of a legendary battle, yet it was nixed because of the public request.

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