China's dog meat festival opens despite ban rumours

China's dog meat festival opens despite ban rumoursA notorious Chinese dog meat festival opened on Wednesday with sellers torching the hair off carcasses, butchers chopping slabs of canines and cooks frying up dishes, dispelling rumours that authorities would ban sales this year. After earlier reports of a sales ban at the summer solstice event in the southern city of Yulin, animal rights groups said vendors and officials reached a compromise and set a limit of two dogs on display per stall. Behind two long rows of dog butchers at the Nanqiao market, others sold cow tongues and pork hocks.

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