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Treating Fido Like Family in China

Mary Peng advocates for the welfare of the rapidly growing number of "companion animals" in Chinese cities.
A woman wheels her pet dog across a street in Shanghai.
A woman wheels her pet dog across a street in Shanghai. Aly Song/Reuters

The images were shocking: Truckloads of wire cages jammed with bedraggled dogs, all of them looking like family pets that got caught in the rain. The animals were headed for the Yulin summer solstice festival, an annual event in the southern Chinese city, where they would be killed, skinned, and served as barbecue or hot pot.

Although the festival takes place each year, more and more activists and animal lovers are stepping in to try to prevent the slaughter and consumption of as many as 10,000 dogs.