GRAPHIC CONTENT: Shocking undercover footage of DOG MEAT festival China refuses to ban HEARTBREAKING images of cats and dogs waiting to be served up as delicacies into the countdown to a reviled Chinese food festival emerged today. Sad-eyed animals peering out of rusty crates and from behind the bars of slaughterhouse cages have ignited international calls for the Yulin Dog Meat Festival to be banned. For the skinned and gutted carcasses of dogs hanging off butchers’ hooks, any hopeful U-turn by the Chinese authorities is already too late. There are still 11 weeks before the town of Yulin witnesses the mass slaughter of an estimated 10,000 cats and dogs in its annual ten-day festival to celebrate the summer solstice. Yet today animal welfare campaigners released video and photographs, claiming that 300 dogs a day are being killed in the city – with animals being beaten to death close to schools and within earshot of children as as young as six. Humane Society International China policy specialist Dr Peter Li produce fresh video and photographic evidence of mass cat and dog slaughter after visiting Yulin in recent days. HSI says despite local government claims that the killing has ceased, it found three slaughterhouses with animals still wearing collars which shows they were stolen pets.