The 10-day annual festival in the southwestern city of Yulin usually attracts thousands of visitors. Cat meat, fresh lychees and liquor are also sold at the festival. It began in 2009 to mark the summer solstice. Eating dog meat in the summer months is traditionally believed to be good for health.
It can ward off diseases and increase sexual performance in men, according to some. The custom can be traced back at least 400 years in China and around 10-20 million dogs are killed every year for consumption.
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