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In China, protests take a bite out of dog meat festival sales

Published on Jun 20, 2014 6:28 PM

BEIJING (AFP) - Animal protection activists on Friday hounded a Chinese city which holds an annual dog meat festival, a campaigner said, as state-run media reported that protests had decreased demand for the product.

The festival, scheduled to take place on Saturday in Yulin, in the southern region of Guangxi, sees dogs packed into cages before being killed and cooked, but has met with increasing opposition from activists, highlighting China's small but growing animal rights movement.

Yulin's government has insisted that it will not step in because eating dog is not illegal, but suggested restaurants serving such dishes cover the character "dog" on signs to avoid attention from opponents, the official Xinhua news agency said.

Members of 12 animal protection groups from across China are in the city to monitor the festival, an activist told AFP, asking not to be named because to the sensitivity of the issue.

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