The Lychee and Dog Meat Festival (or Yulin Dog Meat Festival, 玉林荔枝狗肉节) is an annual celebration held in Yulin, Guangxi, China, during the summer solstice in which festival goers eat dog meat and lychees.
The festival began in 2009 and spans about ten days during which
thousands of dogs are reportedly consumed. The festival has drawn
criticism both domestically and abroad.
From February until May of 2020, just weeks before the Dog Meat Festival kicked in, Chinese leaders spoke against Yulin’s practices.
China’s Agriculture Ministry and Rural Affairs officially declared that dogs are companions, and shouldn’t be treated as livestock.
… However, the Festival resumed on June 21st, 2020, regardless of all the public declarations, international support, condemnations and petitions introduced to local
and government authorities.