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China bans annual dog meat festival at Yulin to improve image, say reports

China has moved to put an end to a controversial dog meat festival, which triggers an international outcry every year.   Quoting activists, several media reports said Yulin’s Communist Party Secretary Mo Gong Ming has banned the sale of dog meat in the week preceding the annual festival, which falls on June 21.

China has moved to put an end to a controversial dog meat festival, which triggers an international outcry every year. 

Quoting activists, several media reports said Yulin’s Communist Party Secretary Mo Gong Ming has banned the sale of dog meat in the week preceding the annual festival, which falls on June 21.

Ban violators may face arrest and fines up to $15,000 and the decision has been reportedly taken improve city’s image. 

The annual festival, which sees thousands  of dogs slaughtered for food, has brought notoriety to China which sees itself as a super power poised to wield a  global clout.  

Visuals of dogs awaiting customers in cramped cages, even being bludgeoned to death and cooked have made Yulin one of the targets of animal rights activists.

Skeptics also said enforcing the ban would be a challenge as eating dog meat is an ingrained tradition in Yulin.  

The owner of Three-Six Delicious Meat Restaurant in Yulin told Time that she had not heard of any ban on selling dog meat during the festival.

"Eating dog has been Yulin people's tradition for quite a long time,” she added. 

China reportedly eats nearly 10 million dogs and around four million cats every, which are mostly strays or stolen pets. 

The tradition is in slow decline due to taboo attached to it internationally and also due to rising popularity of dogs and cats as  pets. 

China bans annual dog meat festival at Yulin (video)  

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