The sickening Yulin festival which features live dogs kept in cramped cages and others butchered for consumption has continued to attract thousands of visitors. The 10-day Yulin Lychee and Dog Meat Festival began on Sunday June 21.
The disturbing celebration started four days ago following the longest-day of the year and has been rebranded as the Yulin Summer Solstice Festival.
Despite the change in name, disturbing images from the southwestern city have revealed many of the horrific practises are still taking place.
One shocking video has emerged of a terrified dog being burnt alive.
Howling dogs can be seen packed into dirty metal cages without any food or water.
Thousands of other dead dogs are hung by the necks on display with all their fur shaved off which also sold off.
Others have been hacked to death with a cleaver or slashed by their throats before being sold for human consumption.
Keith Guo, from animal rights ground PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) in Asia gave a harrowing account of events,
He said: “Most of the time, the dogs are not killed instantly but are knocked unconscious when the vendors batter them in the head.
“The dogs wake up when they were being boiled or blow-torched alive.
“Some of them are slashed in the throat to have the blood drained from the body.”
The global coronavirus pandemic has forced the Chinese Government to re-think its attitudes towards animals.
COVID-19 was first reported to the World Health Organisation in December following an outbreak in Wuhan – where it is believed the virus originated from a wet market.
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He said: “From what we understand from our conversations with meat sellers, leaders have said the consumption of dog meat won’t be allowed in future.
“But banning dog-meat consumption is going to be hard and will take some time.”
Peter Li, China policy specialist with the Humane Society International, an animal rights group, said the festival not only poses ethical problems but mass gathering still remain a risk to public health.
He said: “I do hope Yulin will change not only for the sake of the animals but also for the health and safety of its people.
“Allowing mass gatherings to trade in and consume dog meat in crowded markets and restaurants in the name of a festival poses a significant public health risk.”