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Gruesome Dog Eating Festival Is Banned

Public outrage has lead to a controversial dog eating 'carnival' to be scrapped.

The event, which dates back more than 600 years, sees dogs being killed and skinned in the streets of Qianxi in China.

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The cruel festival stems from celebrations held for a local military victory where dogs were slaughtered so they would not bark and alert enemies.

A report from a local news agency in China explained:

"Vendors began to butcher dogs in public a few years ago to show their dog meat is fresh and safe, as a way to ease buyers' worry that the meat may be refrigerator-preserved or even contaminated."

However, thousands of people have deluged social networking websites to criticise the event and call on officials to have it banned.

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