An increasing number of Chinese people are against eating dog meat, according to a new survey by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.

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Chinese people disclose their distaste for dog meat

An increasing number of Chinese people are against eating dog meat, according to a new survey by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.

Of the 30,000 netizens polled on cctv.com, 64% of them, that is about every three out of five, said they support a legislation that would ban eating dog meat.

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The survey shed light on how most Chinese view the controversial dining habit, as the annual dog meat festival scheduled to fall on June 21 in southwestern China’s Yulin city is going to draw backlash from both domestic and international communities.

The practice of eating dog meat dates back to hundreds of years in China, South Korea, and other countries – it was believed to ward off the heat during summer months. But the traditional dining habit has been increasingly distained in China with the rise of the country’s middle class and their new lifestyles. — a latest trend is having a cute pet in their houses, with dog as the most popular choice.

The stronger bond between humans and dogs has contributed to the shift in attitude toward this kind of domestic animals. That is why the dog meat festival has spurred an intense outrage on China’s social media.

An independent survey by Chinese polling company Horizon found that 64% of the surveyed population wanted the annual dog meat festival in Yulin to be called off, which was consistent with the poll on legislation.

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