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Dog meat festival in China city angers some animal rights activists

Sunday, June 22, 2014 - 01:00

China’s southern city of Yulin sits down for an annual dog meat festival, which some residents oppose. Natalie Thomas reports.

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It's a delicacy for some and barbaric to others As China's southern city of Yulin sits down to celebrate its annual dog meat festival Around 10,000 dogs get consumed during the festival But not everyone will be chowing down on bowls of dog broth (SOUNDBITE) (Mandarin) UNIDENTIFIED ANIMAL ACTIVIST SAYING: "First of all, we oppose cruelty against animals. Also, if every one of us wants to raise the level of civilization in our society, in our Yulin, and to develop its economy, first of all we need a civilized city. We have to let other people see Yulin people are kind, and not so cruel to animals." China has seen a growing animal rights movement over the past several years But some say that dog meat has been part of Chinese cuisine for centuries (SOUNDBITE) (Mandarin) UNIDENTIFIED YULIN RESIDENT SAYING (SOUNDBITE OVERLAYS SHOT 15): "Dogs are not even endangered animals. Endangered animals are even fewer in number. There is diversity in food. Many people traditionally like eating dog meat. That is entirely possible, isn't it?" In the short term, man's best friend is likely to continue to end up on chopping boards across China

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Dog meat festival in China city angers some animal rights activists

Sunday, June 22, 2014 - 01:00