Following strong criticism and threats of boycott by the public, Yulin government in southern China’s Guangxi region has dropped an annual dog meat festival from its official calendar, Beijing Youth Daily reported Tuesday.
The city’s annual “Summer Lychee and Dog Meat Festival”, which falls on June 21 this year, has drawn intense fire from animal lovers, including many celebrities.
Yielding to public pressure, the local government tried to downplay its role in the annual event. It said that the festival was just a folk custom initiated by some merchants and that the government has not promoted the event in any form.
A source, however, told that paper that local authorities had often invited provincial-level government officials in charge of tourism and investment to take part in the festival.
To avoid backlash from dog lovers, restaurants in Yulin that serve dog meat have now been told to cover up the ‘dog’ character on their signs, and are prohibited from killing dogs on streets. Any eatery violating the rules will have its business license revoked.
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