Doggone! China’s dog-meat fair opens, hopefully for the last time

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Doggone! China’s dog-meat fair opens, hopefully for the last time

Activists hope this year’s market will be the last as government cracks down on wildlife trade

David Stanway

China’s notorious dog-meat festival has opened in defiance of a government campaign to improve animal welfare and reduce risks to health highlighted by the coronavirus pandemic, but activists are hopeful its days are numbered.

The annual 10-day festival in Yulin usually attracts thousands of visitors, many of whom buy dogs, displayed in cramped cages, for the pot, but campaigners said the numbers this year have dwindled.

The government is drawing up new laws to prohibit the wildlife trade and protect pets, and activists are hoping this year will be the last time the festival is held...

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