The annual dog meat festival in southern Chinese province Yulin has begun, amid widespread domestic and international opposition.
About 10,000 dogs and cats are killed and eaten during the controversial 10-day festival in Yulin.
The Lychee and Dog Meat Festival sees people gathering in Yulin to sample dog meat hotpot, lychee fruits and local liquor.
Activists say the event is cruel, and this year a petition calling for it to be banned collected 11 million signatures.
However, the Chinese government says the festival does not have official backing but is staged by private businesses.
A tradition of eating dog meat dates back some 500 years in China, South Korea and other countries, where many believe it wards off the heat in summer months.
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