Despite global protests and efforts by animal activists the Yulin Dog Eating Festival will be starting in China.
Close to 10,000 dogs will be tortured and eaten in the festival that symbolizes the Summer solstice.
Chinese Policy advisor with the Humane Society International Peter Li was in Yulin a few days ago.
Li says the social media firestorm that erupted in protest of the festival is encouraging.
“If you look at social media in China, the voices against the Yulin Dog Meat festival are much much stronger than the voices defending the festival.”
“The bond between humans and companion animals is trans-cultural. That’s why Chinese were the first to stand up and say you are just unbelievable. Creating something so horrendous and making it a festival, a celebration.”
The Chinese government has announced they do not support the festival or the slaughter of the dogs.