City's animal lovers backing global dog meat protest
Hundreds of people gathered in Belfast as part of a global protest to demand an end to the selling and eating of dog meat around the world.
Animal lovers attended the rally in Corn Market to mark the first Say No To Dog Meat global event.
Rallies also took place in America, Australia, Indonesia, Portugal and India. In Belfast a petition was signed against the practice saying the government must take action to ban the sale of dogs for human consumption.
And in the run-up to the event thousands of people voiced their support in a major social network campaign as they posted photographs with their pets and the #saynotodogmeat slogan written on their hand.
Campaigners said meat eaters in Northern Ireland consume farmed animals that have regulations in place to protect them from birth to the food chain.
However, there are many countries who do not have such rules in place.
Eating dogs is commonplace in Asian countries like Vietnam and Laos.
In South Korea alone it is estimated that 2.5 million dogs are eaten every year - and millions more are eaten around in the world, mostly in Asia.
Organisers said they were delighted by the turnout and the public support.
One spokeswoman at the event in Belfast said it was important that the trade ended.
"We saw only last week the images of a little Vietnamese girl who found her missing pet dog after it had been cooked," she said.
"This trade is horrendous and we want it to stop, so every bit of public support we get helps."