DOGS ON THE DINING TABLE (2015)
Yulin, China

Summer Solstice is a day when temperatures are at their highest in China. It is also a day when people in the Southern Chinese city, YuLin, would slaughter a large number of dogs. The dogs are served as the main dish for that day, traditionally accompanied by lychee alcohol.

There are many versions to the origin of Dog-eating Festival; while some suggest that it is a longlasting local tradition, others say that it has only begun to be in-fashion within the last few years.

Animal protection groups claim that more than 100,000 dogs have been killed in YuLin so far, most of which shipped in from other parts of the country. The different types of dogs, including stray and stolen pet dogs, range from Dalmatians, Labradors, to Tibetan Mastiffs, etc. Some dogs were injected with poison or illnesses, which explains food-poisoning incidents in the past among festival-goers. Food safety, inevitably, has become one other reason why people in China protest against the activity.

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Yulin locals roar as they surround and provoke the animal protection volunteers during the Dog-eating festival in "Dog-eating Street" in Yulin, GuangXi, China on Jun. 21, 2014. The locals are not pleased with the emotional intensity hence they start to irrationally pick on non-local people. The media and journalists are also surrounded, some onlookers climb on trucks to take pictures.