Date
20 September 2017
People crowd around a group of foreigners who have just finished their dog meat meal in Yulin. 
Photo: people.cn
People crowd around a group of foreigners who have just finished their dog meat meal in Yulin. Photo: people.cn

Psst… don’t say it’s dog meat

If you want to serve dog meat, don’t say it is.

Along those lines, authorities in Yulin decided that restaurants should cover the word “dog” on their menus and on signs after saying eating dog meat is not illegal.

The unusual edict came as dozens of restaurants continued to serve the dish a day after the Yulin Dog Meat Festival, which is held in the prefecture-level city in Shaanxi province to mark the summer solstice.

This year, an estimated 2,000 dogs were slaughtered.

On June 21, animal rights activists took to the streets to protest the killing of dogs for the festival, Beijing News reported Monday.

The protest led to some ugly confrontations with dog meat lovers who vowed to continue the practice.

Authorities refused to step in, saying eating dog meat is not illegal, but told restaurants to hide the word “dog” from their menus, the report said.

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