Last year's Dog Meat Festival in Yulin, China, ran from June 21st-30th. The festival was first held in 2009. Many regard it simply as a celebration of a popular food, much the same way we celebrate boudin, crawfish, shrimp, or rice. It's estimated 10 million dogs are slaughtered for their meat annually in China. Dog meat is particularly popular among poor Chinese citizens because it's inexpensive. Last year, I reported the festival had come under fire from animal rights activists. The South China Morning Post reports, this year's festival has effectively been cancelled. Authorities have imposed a ban on the sale of dog meat, effective June 15th, one week before the scheduled start of the festival. Violators will be subject to fines up to $14,500. The report doesn't specify if the ban will be permanent. Be forewarned. You may find this video from last year's festival disturbing...