I'd say we're about 50 meters from where  all those live dogs being sold and just  down here  you've got this  I'm just watching a bunch of people  racing that dog oh my god  the annual dog meat festival upsets  practically everyone who isn't taking  part it out in your liming and it's a  dude that was he being doing a batch  elite even got really seizing up  auto-ship gold on the trend home we  shall why he in the game animal rights  activists say the dog meat trade is  cruel unhygenic and poorly regulated  with stolen pets and strays making their  way to the dinner table despite all this  and spurred on by fierce backlash from  across China some Yulin locals say this  year they're even more set on plowing  down man's best friend by the cage Ville  Yi Lin is the town of 6 million not far  from China's southern border of Vietnam  where eyes the day before summer  solstice and everyone was getting ready  to celebrate by killing some dogs so  we're just heading down to dong kosher  Chong which is one of the main meat  markets  it's where a lot of people obviously buy  their meats I'm hoping that they'll be  guys buying dogs in preparation for the  festival  oh my god fight fighter yeah but you're  putting on top it's just  I know it's meaty it's like horribly  horribly meaty and it's kind of mixed  with that familiar smell I don't hang  out at meat market that often and a lot  of Chinese meat markets to prepare a  pretty so maybe this is normal maybe my  stomach would be turned anyway even if I  didn't cemani  dog  [Music]  - Oh dope a voter who don't go Julian  got some a Sardar buta  Ramanuja handsomer Chancellor just don't  cha so whatta ya know yes a militant ha  young  it seems like people are very much aware  of the bad name that they're getting for  eating dogs but they're very defensive  and quite hostile towards Earth on the  other hand they say that it's their  right to eat dog because living  conditions have got better in China  they're able to eat dog more and they're  not forcing anyone else to eat them the  butchery is beacon of but it's the  downtown market where people are buying  the freshest locally sourced produce  that really messes with your head but  these actually to be fed look more like  the kind of dogs I was expecting to be  bred for eating apart from that guy over  there he looks sick be like my vision  for you  [Music]  the other pocket of emotional trauma was  a person either I thought I was talking  to that I mean she said yeah someone  wants to buy him out Charlie nama Dorian  Lauren Shahida yo Malcolm you may all  know Jim a little Jenna ruining that man  to touch you back what's a time  dimension trachoma Donna getting for  work it's a business they want to sell  the pets whether they're as pets or  whether they're as meat they just want  to sell them  Shanda is an activist spearheading the  ante dog festival movement I caught her  wandering around the market looking kiri  what are you doing about the dr. Mitri  according to our investigation dog and  cat was  top needs petrol go over fifty thousand  fists growl - she doesn't even say that  but as dogs and cats yeah including  10,000 about 40,000 dogs so do you think  the festival is bigger than it was last  year I think I don't think so you figure  that London last year I think the units  of government had to do something and  work or we also can find some it was  controlled step by step the harbour in  this has rocked ray Marcus I just wonder  because they said not the knee go try  the slalom it's not sure enough there  are more yeah you may not get get some  sleep so I think though you get the more  strict control yeah can you just explain  to us that they're illegal can you  explain that  we're training here I say me because are  you you you don't think to any  supervision here he has no evidence so  any that's the whole thing belonging to  either do you have any demonstrations  bound for anything for today I think  maybe later  yeah  [Music]  we'll just don't our way over to the  city government we've heard that there  are animal rights protesters  demonstrating over there and I have to  say up till now their attempts of being  a little bit shambolic so not quite sure  what to expect  [Music]  facing a PR nightmare this year the city  government has retracted its support of  the festival claiming the holiday barely  even exists and they clearly don't want  any fuss being made because before the  protests even started the square was  full of thugs who might well have been  hired to disrupt the events in China  unsanctioned protests are still illegal  and animal rights activists are risking  arrest simply for demonstrating  [Music]  with no government officials showing up  and little progress in the heated  shouting match the protest is dissolved  ultimately  I wanted to see if a dog meat festival  is really as heartbreaking as it sounds  we've been invited to celebrate the  festival with a local family who were  probably a little weirded out that their  traditional party had drawn such deep  condemnation from across China and  abroad so we've come to a village just  outside of Yulin feels very relaxed  compared to the city I feel like I've  just stepped back in time a bit this guy  here belongs to the neighbors they  bought along just in case there wasn't  enough meat to feed the hundred cat yeah  wish ma  the dogs been in this guy's family for  the last five or six years so he doesn't  want to die because he quite likes the  dog but when I asked him if he was going  to eat dog today is that yeah I'm saying  four dead dogs inside boxes sorry Oh  family watching so don't look stupid but  basically they're cleaning the head  they're cutting the head open and taking  the meat out of there like cheeks quite  clear that nothing is going to waste  here which this is a good thing I mean  if you're gonna kill a dog you might as  well eat the entirety of it definitely  seems like that happening oh my god that  even saving the town so we've got three  different types of dog  target coming along and one of them is  being deep-fried this one of things  cheese and she we don't agree with son  [Music]  like hey so we're gonna add some bit of  ginger  spices that they use that dog face  perfectly designed for cooking dog leave  since I forgot like dried tangerine peel  we've got some bay leaf a bit of Annie  and a bit of clothes so oh and some  spices oh yeah all sorts of flavors  going they're quite strong flavors  actually and they said that partly to  disguise a mouth I feel slightly fishy  fragrance that comes out of it so some  reason I'm not so freaked out anymore  I feel like I pay the dose of that it's  just piles and piles of meat which I can  handle  [Music]  the vibe was actually nicer than you'd  imagine everyone was getting pissed on  mighty liquor and crates of beer or  thankfully the neighbor's dog is spared  from going in the pot  [Music]  it looks like maybe but you are a course  with the dog I'm just psyching myself up  I've got every single person's eyes  looking at me here I I feel like a be  incredibly read if I refused and  intervenor cantos it up  Suzanne says yeah just gonna go Weimer  do it does a tongue  oh hello Josh years ago okay one at a  time yeah I'm okay oh my god okay  I believe our t-shirts what was it a  little bit like beef or lamb that kind  of texture although I have to say it's  distinct smell but it's kind of a local  made my mouth still alarm bells going  off in my head  we're going to the kosher Turin single  those no Yama Yama this is society  stories - do I got news on down we  mention you what's in your tire jump on  doing  you're born with that look oh you know  this is live younger down yeah  this is 101.1 house I was a gigolo  obviously squeamishness aside eating dog  isn't really that different from eating  any other animal with four legs and two  eyes but frankly the idea of  slaughtering dogs that spent their last  days and cages still bums me out which  is why I'm happy that there are some  people out here he'll do anything to  save them the next morning with an  activist who's just saved a whole bunch  of them she's gonna go job  oh she's using the generator  Oh My gods she recognized that dog that  was the dog that I saw yesterday that  was supposed to go for the chop  okay it's come as no surprise that the  dog solder Newland are often kept in  cramped conditions and treated no better  than any other animal raised for meat I  really don't think I'll be eating dog  again but it's easy to see why the  people who celebrate the festival don't  want to give up their tradition  the thing is though dogs are dogs  they're lassie and they're snowy and  they're both Lady and the which is  why frustratingly for the dog traders I  really can't see the planet ever letting  this festival pass without an outrage      

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