Repost pictures @angel_alf_woytovich #yulin2017 it's estimated that in China alone,10 million dogs and 4 million cats, are slaughtered for the dog meat trade each year.
Dogs and cats of all shapes and sizes, many of them family pets still wearing their collars, are snatched from the streets and forced into tiny cages. Many suffer broken limbs as they are transported vast distances, without food or water.
When they finally arrive at the dog meat markets, injured, dehydrated and exhausted, they are forced to watch in terror as other dogs are bludgeoned to death or thrown still alive into boiling water to remove their skins. Every June, the small city of Yulin in China holds an annual "Lychee and Dog Meat Festival", usually referred to as Yulin Dog Meat Festival.
Although the numbers of dogs killed at this 'dog eating festival' have been declining each year since 2015, when it comes to the dog and cat meat trade, the Yulin festival is sometimes seen as its flagship event.
But the truth is, the Yulin dog eating festival is just the tip of the iceberg, with the number of dogs slaughtered at the festival representing less than 0.01% of the Chinese dog meat trade as a whole.
This violent and crime-ridden trade doesn't end after Yulin when the cameras leave. It's alive all year round. Ending Yulin won't end dog eating. But ending dog eating will end Yulin.