Activists have claimed that China could be on the verge of banning the sale of dog meat at the Yulin festival.

The barbaric event, founded in 2010 by traders for profit, sees thousands of innocent animals slaughtered every year.

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An female activist cries and activists try their best to rescue dogs that are caged at a free market ahead of the Yulin Festival in south China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. 20th June 2014.

When news of the festival went global, there was international outcry against the practice and the festival. Thousands have campaigned against the Yulin festival, including celebrities such as Ricky Gervais.

Now, it seems that the public’s voices have been heard, as activists have reported that  a new Communist party official wants to ban the sale of dog meat in order to change the image of the city Yulin.

Anyone who breaks the new law would reportedly be fined up to 100,000 yuan (£11,202).

Activists protest and try their best to rescue dogs – Jun 2015

Peter Li, China Policy specialist at Humane Society International told the Independent, “The Yulin dog meat festival is not over just yet, but if this news is true as we hope, it is a really big nail in the coffin for a gruesome event that has come to symbolise China’s crime-fuelled dog meat trade.

“Regrettably, many dogs and cats will still be killed for the Yulin festival in advance of the ban, so their suffering is not over yet, but this is certainly a milestone victory and we commend the Yulin authorities for taking this action.”

Sadly, the ban is not expected to prevent cats and other animals from being sold at the festival.