According to reports, the local government has banned the festival, but this has been described as semantics by activists. It is not illegal to slaughter dogs or cats in China and thus the event is expected to continue unofficially. Despite the Yulin government declaring the festival will not happen, thousands of dogs will still die for their meat.
And on Twitter, activists used the hashtag #StopYuLin2015 to accumulate support for the campaign against the festival.
It’s China expert Peter Li went undercover at Yulin in May and witnessed preparations for the festival in full swing. He described one slaughterhouse as “full of blood, internal organs of the dogs and cats, blow torched carcasses, and freshly slaughtered dogs hanging on hooks”. Photographs showed dogs and cats packed into cages without room to move, with some reportedly dying of dehydration or starvation and carcasses strewn around the city’s streets.
Images of how meat is prepared for the Yulin festival is below: