Thousands of dogs to be slaughtered in Chinese festival

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Thousands Of Dogs To Be Slaughtered In Chinese Festival, Petitioners Want It Shut Down

Dogs are known for being faithful companions and helpers to those in need, but in some parts of the world they are regarded as nothing more than livestock.

An annual dog meat festival in Yulin, China has attracted the attention of animal lovers and activitists worldwide, and many are now working to put an end to the event, reports The Telegraph.

According to Shanghaiist, a recent petition asking that nation's government outlaw the annual happening gathered 11 million signatures prior to being submitted to authorities.

Despite the success of the campaign, some believe the government will not halt what has proven to be a lucrative trade, notes TIME.

This year's festival is expected to begin on June 21.

Last year, activists were able to reduce the number of dogs used from the typical 10,000 to just 2,000 by staging rescues and protests.

See the activists who are fighting against this festival:

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Animal activists take pictures of a dog which was rescued from a dog meat trader before their gathering against Yulin Dog Meat Festival in Beijing, China, June 10, 2016. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon
A plain clothes policeman (L) stops an animal activist unfolding a banner against Yulin Dog Meat Festival in front of Yulin City Representative office in Beijing, China, June 10, 2016. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon
A plain clothes policeman (R) stops an animal activist unfolding a banner against Yulin Dog Meat Festival in front of Yulin City Representative office in Beijing, China, June 10, 2016. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon
Animal activists hold banners against Yulin Dog Meat Festival in front of Yulin City Representative office in Beijing, China, June 10, 2016. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon
Animal activists carrying rescued stray dogs stand in front of the entrance of Yulin City Representative office while policemen stand guard, during their gathering against Yulin Dog Meat Festival in Beijing, China, June 10, 2016. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon
Animal activists hold a dog (R) which was rescued from a dog meat trader and a rescued stray dog, before their gathering against Yulin Dog Meat Festival in Beijing, China, June 10, 2016. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Animal activists hold banners against Yulin Dog Meat Festival as they carry rescued stray dogs in front of Yulin City Representative office in Beijing, China, June 10, 2016. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon
Visitors play with rescued dogs at a shelter ran by Yang Xiaoyun in Tianjin, China, July 8, 2015. Yang said she spent 300,000 RMB (48,248 USD) to purchase 500 dogs to rescue them from dog meat dealers at Yulin's annual dog meat festival last month. She keeps more than 1,000 dogs in her shelters, mostly abandoned or she purchased from dog meat traders. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon
Rescued dogs are seen at a shelter run by Yang Xiaoyun in Tianjin, China, July 8, 2015. Yang said she spent 300,000 RMB ( 48,248 USD) to purchase 500 dogs to rescue them from dog meat dealers at Yulin's annual dog meat festival last month. She keeps more than 1,000 dogs in her shelters, mostly abandoned or she purchased from dog meat traders. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon
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