1.5 million people sign petition to ban China's Yulin Dog Meat Festival
According to reports, the festival began in 2010, and prior to that, the country had no recognised tradition of the mass slaughter of dogs in the city.
But now, almost 1.5 million people have signed a petition set up by Care2 and Humane Society International to put an end to the 10-day festival.
Claire Bass, executive director of Humane Society International UK, said it was time to stop this cruel tradition.
She said: "The dog meat trade in China is first and foremost about crime and cruelty.