Yulin, China is home to the infamous and controversial Yulin Dog Meat Festival, which is no stranger to protests since tens of thousands of dogs have been slaughtered and eaten at the annual event.
This year, however, protesters may have reached new heights in gaining awareness when dancers from the China National Pole Dancing Team and POLE11 collaborated on a project in the hopes of ending animal cruelty.
These activists, and in many people’s eyes, heroes, posed as stray dogs that were caged, beaten, torched and tied up.
Detained: Most of the time, I don’t even know what I’ve done wrong. Where am I being taken? What will happen to my kids?”
The image shows a dancer being dragged on the ground behind a car. Last year, images of a dog being dragged to death behind its owner’s vehicle in Guangdong province sparked public outrage.
A dancer recreates the image of a captured dog being torched by flames. The caption reads: “Burn: I die painfully and slowly just to satisfy their wants. Crispy skin. How does it smell to you?”
“Abandonment: Please don’t abandon us. As long as we have you, we have a home.”
While projects like this one continue to raise awareness about animal cruelty, especially in the case of dogs, the problem persists. In the streets of Yulin on Sunday and Monday, vendors and consumers alike were witnessed buying, beating, eating and selling dogs.