The Yulin dog meat festival started today in China. Early indications suggest business is subdued while a stand off between traders, media and animal lovers was overseen by a heavy police presence.
The following images were taken by our colleagues in Yulin today:
A trader takes the dog meat to market by motorbike
No public slaughtering this year after authorities cracked down. But there are still dogs everywhere. Even more heartbreaking when you consider that the vast majority have been snatched from families.
As an odd form of intimidation - while Animals Asia representatives tried to take pictures of the stalls, local people formed a wall taking pictures back.
A dog catcher - note the big iron pincers for catching dogs