BEIJING: Restaurants in China's Guangxi Zhuang region's Yulin city have covered the Chinese character for "dog" on their signboards in order to "avoid trouble" ahead of the start of a controversial dog meat festival on Tuesday.
Fearing protests from animal rights activists that have inundated past festivals, many restaurants and vendors in the city have covered their signboards. Some restaurants have even changed their names entirely.
A dog meat seller named Zhou who works at the city's Dongkou market told the Global Times daily on Sunday that she just wanted to "avoid trouble".
Another dog meat seller, Li, said that the government requires vendors to cover their signboards. "Recently, authorities have frequently asked to check th e licenses of these restaurants and vendors, including their food sanitation permits and business licenses," Li said.
Before mass media coverage of the festival - held since the 1990s - began in recent years, only local people bought dog meat, whereas now many people from Northeast China or neighbouring Guangdong province also come here to taste the meat, a local resident Zhang said.
Zhou added that eating dog meat is a long-standing tradition that people from outside the area may not understand.
Past festivals have witnessed confrontations on the street between restaurant owners, vendors and animal welfare protesters, who claim the festival is barbaric and who have called upon the city to stop the "cruel celebration".
Horrible but what else can you accept from them that eat almost everything. What do you say holy cow n holy monkey
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sad to see this...soon they can eat human also
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Mum - 21 hours ago
Let china take as many dogs as they can eat from india to save us from nuisances of stray dog bites and ever increasing population.
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Eating fish is fine. Then, why eating dog is bad ? Animal lovers need to answer this first