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China: Yulin residents defend controversial dog meat festival.

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Residents of China’s southern city of Yulin defended eating dog meat to celebrate the summer solstice on Thursday June 21, as animal rights activists seek new ways to pressure organizers to cancel the annual festival.

The ten-day event, dubbed the lychee and dog meat festival by residents, has become a lightning rod for dog lovers, who every year confront those who buy, sell and eat canines. In recent years, animal rights activists have raided slaughterhouses and intercepted truckloads of dogs in efforts to limit the number of animals killed.



“I think it’s a social evil to treat our loyal friend and companion animal like this (to eat it and abuse it). No matter where it is. Because a companion animal is not an animal for economic means, nor is it a food-producing animal, because the country does not have any slaughter or quarantine regulations on them.

That’s the way I used to persuade the government’‘ , said Professor from University of technology in Guangzhou province, Zhuang Huahua.

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Activists say the dog meat trade is inhumane and unhygienic, pointing to videos of dogs caught with wire lassos, transported in tiny cages and slaughtered with metal rods. Festival-goers remain defiant.

‘‘Those scenes of bloody dog slaughter that you see online, I want to say that the killing of any animal will be bloody. I hope people can look at this objectively. Yulin’s so-called lychee and dog meat festival is just a popular custom of ours. I think popular customs themselves cannot be right or wrong. Some media or so-called dog lovers come to Yulin and have conflict with local people. Each side has their own position, I think there’s no right or wrong’‘, said Yulin resident Wang Yue.

Dog meat is a traditional food in some areas of southern China, where it is believed to be good for the body in warm weather.

However, animal protection group Humane Society International said in a statement the festival was “manufactured” by the dog meat traders and that dog meat was not part of mainstream food culture in China.

The event is not sanctioned by Yulin authorities, but police told Reuters their efforts to “maintain stability” had reduced the number of activists in the city this year.

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UCL Quarterfinal Draw: Man United Rewarded with Barca after PSG comeback

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Manchester United have been drawn against Barcelona in the Champions League quarter-finals, while Tottenham will play Manchester City.

Last season’s finalists Liverpool will play Porto as Ajax will be up against Juventus in the other ties.

The semi-final draw was also made and Manchester United will meet Liverpool if both win their last-eight ties.

The quarter-final first legs take place on 9 April and 10 April. The semi-finals start on 30 April and 1 May.

The Champions League final takes place on 1 June at Madrid’s 68,000-capacity Wanda Metropolitano, home of Atletico Madrid.

Quarter – Finals

Ajax vs Juventus (April 10 at Johan Cruijff Arena, April 16 at Allianz Stadium

Liverpool vs Porto (April 9 at Anfield, April 17 at  Estadio do Dragao

Tottenham vs Manchester City (April 9 at Spurs Stadium, April 17 at Ethiad)

Barcelona vs Manchester United (April 10 at Old Trafford, April 16 at Nuo Camp)

Semi – Finals

Tottenham/Manchester City vs Ajax/Juventus

Barcelona/Manchester vs Liverpool/Porto

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Brazil: Unknown gunmen killed teenage students.

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Police has condemned the incident that took place at a school in south east Brazil, killing at least seven students and one employee,



The reason of the attack is yet to be known as as investigation is still ongoing. However, the two gunmen who started the shooting later killed themselves.

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São Paulo state governor João Doria,  expressed dismay after visiting the school, stating ”it is the saddest thing I’ve seen in my entire life. The teenagers who were brutally murdered”.

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