Southern China has always had a tradition of dining on dogs—people from other parts of the country even joke that Southerners will eat anything with legs but the dinner table. But despite becoming more prosperous in the 1990s, Yulin has maintained the unique tradition of holding a canine banquet every summer.

Animal rights activists across China and the rest of the globe have increasingly condemned the Dog Meat Festival, calling for an immediate stop to eating man’s best friend. They say the dog meat trade is illegal, unregulated, and cruel. Many claim that numerous dogs that end up in cooking pots are stolen pets or diseased strays.

In 2013, the Yulin festival gathered so much negative press that this year, the local government denied the Summer Solstice dog-eating tradition ever even existed. But that hasn’t stopped locals from celebrating—nor has it stopped die-hard activists from flooding the town to try to rescue dogs before the slaughter.

VICE Reports headed to Yulin this year to get to the bottom of the most controversial festival in China.

33 Comments

  1. David 333

    June 20, 2018 at 1:22 am

    I hate you I m gonna report you china

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  2. PS Chumpon

    June 20, 2018 at 1:22 am

    I gagged in my mouth?

    Reply

  3. Scott Rasmussen

    June 20, 2018 at 1:22 am

    Why don't these Chunks eat their own baby's.chop chop and let the dogs go.Same for Korea Vietnam Laos Cambodia..Yea duck their Buddist bullshit.

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  4. Charl M

    June 20, 2018 at 1:22 am

    I don’t agree to eating dogs but I do eat some meats. I have seen in the comments a few people saying about how we eat cows and Chicken and that’s not seen as cruel. But them types of animals are killed before they are cooked and are killed by the most humane ways possible. My point is…it’s not necessarily the eating of the animal but the cruel, inhuman way they are beaten, boiled and blow torched to death.

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  5. blue hunter

    June 20, 2018 at 1:22 am

    Chong pu long ow moukacha mootabachie contookie boo bong chowee Choi

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  6. Power of Moria

    June 20, 2018 at 1:22 am

    Slaughtere these chinese people who kill those poor dogs, i want to take bath im the blood of these chinese bastards who butcher those cute lil dogs

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  7. Jana Rajković

    June 20, 2018 at 1:22 am

  8. Jana Rajković

    June 20, 2018 at 1:22 am

    ??????

    Reply

  9. rambo

    June 20, 2018 at 1:22 am

    u think this is cruel and eating cow is not….fuck u all

    Reply

  10. Sonya Debourgh

    June 20, 2018 at 1:22 am

    im not taking my dog to that country! never!

    Reply

  11. Rajeev rajesh

    June 20, 2018 at 1:22 am

    There are puppies too ?

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  12. Rajeev rajesh

    June 20, 2018 at 1:22 am

    Eat our poop Chinese they are free of cost…

    Reply

  13. Umaxen 00

    June 20, 2018 at 1:22 am

    I haven't purchased anything made in China in the past 3 years. It hasn't been easy since even at Costco, the sock, underwear and belt aisle only had a SINGLE ITEM (1 out of about 50 items was made in the USA) Pond grown fish in China are fed swine and bovine feces, probably even human crep…

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  14. Markus Knarkus

    June 20, 2018 at 1:22 am

    i like how they present this as if its is normal behaviour

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  15. krishna kittu

    June 20, 2018 at 1:22 am

    HELL DOORS ARE OPEN FOR CHINESE PEOPLE…..GOD IS WATCHING EVERYTHING FROM ABOVE…HOW CRUEL THIS CHINA COUNTRY.

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  16. John Spinelli

    June 20, 2018 at 1:22 am

    Ok you argue its alright to do this but however if they are going to eat dogs they cant just steal it from the streets and take someones pets they wpuld need to raise them on a farm at least

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  17. misteri plejer

    June 20, 2018 at 1:22 am

    picke kineske

    Reply

  18. FastSparkles

    June 20, 2018 at 1:22 am

    ANAMIL ABUSE

    Reply

  19. LLZE李政毅

    June 20, 2018 at 1:22 am

    Their Countries it's SUCK Police NUTS king also NOOB kill Dog also can what a NOOB CONTRIES IF CHANGE THEY ARE THE DOG SEE WHAT THEIR WE DO…

    Reply

  20. Blue Jacky

    June 20, 2018 at 1:22 am

    I find cows to be beautiful animals. Stop eating cow meat first and then complain. apparently dog meat is delicious

    Reply

  21. Mew Mew x3

    June 20, 2018 at 1:22 am

    Delicous

    Reply

  22. Karla Barrera

    June 20, 2018 at 1:22 am

    # stoptheyulinfestival ??

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  23. Natalie Poindexter

    June 20, 2018 at 1:22 am

  24. Young Speedster

    June 20, 2018 at 1:22 am

    Bruh wtf they eat frkn dog tf is wrong with those people

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  25. alex rubio

    June 20, 2018 at 1:22 am

    STOP HORROR YULIN FOREVER!!!!!!.
    STOP THE PAIN .
    THE KILLERS WILL BE ARRESTED
    THIS IS A CRIME.
    BARBARIC EVIL.
    STOP THE HORROR!!!!!!
    STOP YULIN FOREVER AND TOO IN SOUTH KOREA AND VIETNAM
    DIED THE KILLERS
    IT IS A BARBARIC
    STOP PRIMITIVE HELL PEOPLE
    STOP STOP STOP!!!!!!!!!!

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  26. Mel D

    June 20, 2018 at 1:22 am

    Fucking disgusting. People who do this to dogs are going to hell

    Reply

  27. GizliGamer_3045 dead

    June 20, 2018 at 1:22 am

    Allah onlara akıl fikir versin Allah Çok Büyük Bir Ceza Verir İnşallah Yazık Köpek
    ere…

    Reply

  28. MAKOTO SUZUKI

    June 20, 2018 at 1:22 am

    吃狗肉咋的了?听你们这些人瞎逼逼

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  29. S7ven Stephen

    June 20, 2018 at 1:22 am

    I hate Asian people

    Reply

  30. Gerencia Springfield

    June 20, 2018 at 1:22 am

    Fuck the Chinise Plague!… let´s kill them all now!

    Reply

  31. Gerencia Springfield

    June 20, 2018 at 1:22 am

    Fuck China°!

    Reply

  32. Jaretzy_vlogs and more

    June 20, 2018 at 1:22 am

    WTH CAN YALL STOP THIS MADNESS. DOG'S SAVE US. I HAVE THREE MYSELD AND WITHOUT THEM I SOULD BE DEAD BY NOW (NOT EXAGGERATING(

    Reply

  33. Ichibanae

    June 20, 2018 at 1:22 am

    If dogs are man's best friend why would you want to eat your best friend

    Reply

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