Protesters muzzled at Chinese dog meat festival

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Cooked dogs are displayed at a vendor's stall in Yulin, in southern China's Guangxi province early on June 22, 2015

Campaigners protesting China’s annual dog meat festival, which sees thousands of canines butchered and eaten, were forcibly dispersed by unidentified men Monday as they attempted to rally outside a government office. About 10 animal rights activists unfurled banners outside the Yulin government headquarters, before a group of 20 men came and chased them off. The city holds an annual festival on the summer solstice devoted to the consumption of dog meat, in defiance of an increasing backlash from animal rights activists.

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