The Yulin Lychee and Dog Meat Festival is an annual event in Yualin, Guangxing, China where people gather at markets to boost the city's economy. Arguably, one of the most disturbing parts of the festival is the killing of dogs. 

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The festival started in 2010, but eating meat has been a practice in China and Asia for thousands of years. Dog meat supposedly helps combat the heat which is why the festival takes place during the summer. In 2016, it was estimated that 10,000 dogs were going to be killed at the festival, according to Forbes.

This year, there were rumors of a ban on dog meat sales. On June 15, The Beijing News reported that there would be no ban. Because of all the controversy around the event and the thousands of people who protest it each year, the Yulin government no longer formally endorses it. Since 2014, the festival has lived on as an informal event.   

Check out some photos of past festivals below: