An estimated 3000 dogs have been slaughtered and turned into stew at the Chinese Yulin dog festival.
The event dedicated to eating the best friend of man, founded in 2010 after meat declined in popularity across the country, is widely criticized by celebrities such as Dame Judi Dench and Rickey Gervais and human rights groups.
No fewer than 62 dehydrated and malnourished dogs were snatched from a slaughterhouse for freedom by Chinese activists in the city that is nearly 800 kilometers away from the capital, Beijing.
On Friday an activist was admitted to the hospital after being hit over the head as she tried to free dogs from a warehouse in the city.
An estimated 3000 dogs have been slaughtered and turned into stew at the Chinese dog meat festival in Yulin, about 800 kilometers from the capital Beijing. (Photo) A dog in a cage after being rescued from the event by animal rights activists
Three dogs in a cage preparing for transport after 62 are rescued by animal rights activists calling for an end to the festival
The dogs are depicted on a truck before being driven out of the festival
When activists first entered the slaughterhouse, & # 39; sultry & # 39; was, some animals pushed themselves against the wall before trying to make themselves invisible. They were malnourished and dehydrated
Photos taken in the event show stalls with some dog meat on it. They have a man behind who sells the carcasses
At the start of the 10-day festival, which began last Friday, Humane Society International handed over a signature of 1.5 million signatures to the Chinese embassy with the request to be stopped.
They were accompanied by two dogs that had been rescued from slaughterhouses in the city in the last three years.
Many of the animals that were killed before the event are mostly pets, which is evident because they still wear collars, although most assume that they are still only neighboring animals.
The revealing atrocities of the Wei festival, one of the Chinese activists involved in the rescue of dogs, said that dogs & # 39; exhausted and panting & # 39; were in the hot slaughterhouse.
& # 39; Some pushed themselves tightly against the wall in an attempt not to be noticed, & # 39; he said.
& # 39; We immediately noticed that some of them were wearing collars, so they were probably stolen, but others looked very sick.
& # 39; We quickly loaded them onto a truck to temporarily accommodate them. & # 39;
Dogs at the festival are killed and de-haired before being roasted and then sold. (Photo) Naked dogs at Yulin & # 39; s festival
Dogs that broke a street last year at the Yulin dog festival. The dog meat is high on the wagon and is pulled by the Dongkou market
This photo shows the carcass of a dog that was roasted at the festival last year. When it was opened last year, a South Korean court had ruled that the slaughter of dogs was illegal
They were rescued after a slaughter admitted the activists, telling them that the dogs were probably the last truckload to the city before the local government blocked more to come in.
A Chinese animal activist was also admitted to the hospital after dog meat traders beat her up and beat her up as she tried to rescue hundreds of puppies, heading for the barbaric Yulin festival that MailOnline can unveil.
Du Yufeng, the founder of Bo Ai Animal Protection Center, said she was hit on her head and all over her body by arms dealers who prevented her and other animal lovers from freeing the dogs from their warehouse.
The video video of the event also showed that a truck stacked dog houses on top of each other and entered its way into town.
This year's festival was more modest than others, sources tell MailOnline, although more stalls were set up than last year.
The non-traditional festival was invented in 2010 by dog traders who were desperate to boost sales.
Men are depicted cleaning dog bodies after they have thawed out at the festival
After the hairs have been removed, the dogs are then fired with a torch before being sold to the public. Some will then be turned into stew
Puppies seen in cages during the Yulin dog festival in 2017. The atmosphere around this year's festival is more subdued and & # 39; more exciting & # 39; although an insider reported there were more stalls than last year
The influence and size of the festival had diminished in recent years thanks to the protest of the public, according to animal activists. A seller is suggested to chop dog meat for a customer at Yulin & # 39; s most important dog meat trading center, the Dongkou market, on June 20, 2018
Speaking of the city Dr. Peter Li, the Chinese policy specialist from the Humane Society, said it was a & # 39; very tense place & # 39; is.
& # 39; Dog dealers and slaughterhouses are very alert, & # 39; he said.
He also urged the Chinese government to show that it is the dog thief gangs that & # 39; do this trade & # 39; would not tolerate.
Actress Dame Judi Dench said it fills me with grief & # 39; to hear that the festival is happening.
& # 39; I wanted to send this message as a symbol of my solidarity with all the thousands of people in China against the trade in dog meat, & # 39; she said, & who love their dogs just as much as we do, but who go through the terrible heart painfully to have them thieves steal. & # 39;
A photo taken by the source of MailOnline in Yulin shows the locals eating in a food street tonight
People eat dog meat in a restaurant in Yulin on June 21, 2017. Every year, thousands of dogs are cruelly killed, skinned and cooked with blowpipes during the summer solstice festival
The consumption of dog meat is not popular in China. A 2016 survey shows that 64 percent of citizens want to end the festival, while 69.5 percent say they have never eaten dog meat.
The Humane Society said that the animals are typically clubbed to death for each other and that they also use de-hair machines to remove the fur before their carcass is inflated for sale at markets.
Why do people eat dogs in China?
A vendor is waiting for buyers next to dogs in cages at a market in Yulin, South China. The city has an annual dog meat party on the summer solstice
It is not unusual to see people eating dog meat dishes in southern China, especially in the Guangdong and Guangxi provinces.
The city of Yulin, in the province of Guangxi, has an annual dog meat festival every summer on the summer solstice.
According to Keith Guo, an animal lover who works for PETA Asia and a resident of Guangdong, dog stew is common in his own province and in neighboring Guangxi.
Mr. Guo, 27, who is passionate about food sociology, explained that dog meat smells and tastes gamier compared to other types of meat, so chefs used spices such as chili peppers and ginger to cover the scent.
As a result, the dog's stew is heavy and could quickly heat up the body of the diners.
& # 39; For traditional Chinese medicine, any food that can heat the body is considered useful & # 39 ;, he told MailOnline. & # 39; That is also the reason why dog meat is thought to be particularly nutritious for the human body. & # 39;
Mr. Guo added that the weather can get damp in the south of China in the winter, and according to traditional Chinese medicine, the humidity can weaken a person's health. That is why the locals eat warm dog houses to stimulate their immune system.
Mr. Guo said he lost five dogs to dog thieves when he grew up in Guangdong.
He condemned the thieves' behavior.
& # 39; For dog owners, the stolen dogs are their friends and family and should not be the food in someone else's mouth. & # 39;
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