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These Two Puppies Were Rescued From A Dog Meat Festival, And We Are So Grateful

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The pups were among 54 dogs and cats rescued by Humane Society International (HSI) activists the week before the festival.

“It's so upsetting to think what these little puppies have probably been through, and remarkable that they've bounced back to be so trusting and playful," Wendy Higgins, of the HSI, said in a statement to BuzzFeed News.

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The annual dog meat festival, held in the city of Yulin in southern China’s Guangxi province, is responsible for the slaughter of approximately 10,000 animals every year – despite increasingly loud condemnation from animal rights campaigners.

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There have been reports that many of the animals are beaten and skinned alive before they are eaten. International protests are believed to have led to a reduction in the number of animals killed, and animal rights activists continue to campaign against the festival.

Rose Troup Buchanan is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

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