Yulin Dog Meat Festival (or Lychee and Dog Meat Eating Festival) is a real annual celebration held in Yulin, Guangxi during the summer solstice in June. It is estimated, that since 2009, almost 15,000 dogs were consumed during such festivities. Despite the festival started in 2009, eating dog meat is believed to be an ancient Chinese tradition. Chinese practitioners of folk medicine thought that dog meat is the best solution against summer heat, although there is no physiological or medical evidence to support it. During the 10-day festival, dogs (and also cats) are shown in metal cages and wooden crate before they are skinned, cooked, and eaten by visitors of the event. Not a big surprise why animal rights supporters fight against such a celebration.
Organizers of the festival, as well as residents, claim that there is no difference between eating dog or pork. Moreover, they insist that the death of dogs is humane. Nevertheless, campaigners and activists of animal rights steadily claim that animals are treated abominably in the brutal, and unsanitary atmosphere. There are some suspicions that among the other dogs there were even stolen pets.