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>> An unusual twist to China's annual Dog Meat Festival, the main ingredient hidden from view as a backlash against animal cruelty intensifies. I'm Reuters correspondent, Joseph Campbell in Yulin, Southern China. As the first day of this year's annual Dog Meat Festival approaches. No signs or even references can be found in restaurants specializing in the delicacy.
Journalists were barred from popular slaughter houses and markets while the moves of activists were under close surveillance from the police. Just ahead of this year's festival UN government told residents not to slaughter dogs in the street and none of that could be seen on Monday. Police however told vendors in two markets to hide dog carcasses from the public's eye.
Although the first of all is the source of pride for locals and is received increasing scrutiny of the years. Resident has mixed reaction to this year's so called make over.>> I'm not saying this is some kind of tradition, it's just something popular among the people. They are coming eat it this, right?
Whenever you wanna eat, we'll make it for you. Anyway as long as it is legal, I will do it legally and hygienically. Yulin's Dog Meat Festival officially begins on Tuesday, June 21st with thousands of dogs expected to end up on the chopping block.