Judicial experts and animal specialists have said an upcoming festival that serves dog meat in Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region is illegal.
More than 40 specialists, including law professors, lawyers and animal rights activists, signed an agreement to shut down the festival on Friday, saying such a "tradition" will affect China's image overseas and should be banned.
"I was told there are four major workshops that produce dog meat in the city. I visited them and found all of them had no business licenses or certificates," Li said, adding he believed the meat made in such places was unhealthy.
The decision to eat the dog meat depends on the individual but trades related to dog meat are illegal according to current Chinese laws, Li said.
An Xiang, an animal rights lawyer in Beijing, said there are no dog farms or legal slaughter houses in China. The dogs for the festival are raised in households, abducted from the streets, or even poisoned, An said.
The Ministry of Agriculture issued a quarantine regulation on dogs and cats last year, requiring laboratory quarantine for the animals before they are transported.
"But it's rare to see such quarantine places in our country, and similar rules are still not enough," he added.
The Yulin government said it would show a quarantine certificate, but they haven't shown it yet, an animal rights expert, said.
Instead, the government has put a logo for the festival on the city's streets, adding the authority might realize advertising the festival in such a way is not sensible.
However, Cao Mingde, a law professor from China University of Political Science and Law, said he was pessimistic about restricting residents from eating dog meat and that he doubted an animal protection law could be established within three years.