WEB DESK: Experts fears that eating dog flesh might result in a rabies outbreak as the Yulin dog festival continues in China, international media reported.
The festival which is going to take place on June 21 has created uproar by activists and animal lovers.
In the festival dogs will be burnt, butchered and fried to death.
Yulin has the highest incidents of rabies. According to Duo Duo Animal Welfare project around 338 people have succumbed to this contagious disease from 2002 and 2006.
The Yulin government denies any such risks and says that safety checks have been put in place regulating shipments of dogs that come into the city.
According to reports in Chinese newspapers dog eating is not a part of Chinese history. But the festival began some years back to boost sale of dog meat.
In Yulin, 15,000 animals were butchered in 2011.
There are no pre-defined animal laws in China but several international animal rights organizations have started an online campaign to stop this barbaric festival. You can join the campaign on Twitter by using #StopYulin2015 hashtag.
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