Animal activists display protest banners outside the Yulin government office in Beijing on June 10, 2016.
A group of Chinese and international animal activists presented a petition signed by 11 million people calling on authorities to end the annual Yulin dog meat festival. The activists claim thousands of dogs, many of the them stolen from pet owners, are slaughtered each year for the  festival, which begins in the southern city of Yulin on June 21. / AFP / GREG BAKER        (Photo credit should read GREG BAKER/AFP/Getty Images)