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Dogs get their day in Beirut

A dog festival in Lebanon urges the government to create more animal friendly policies, as well as more public spaces for the country's dogs.

Hundreds of dog lovers flocked to the Beirut waterfront last weekend for an event celebrating man’s best friend. The WoofFest on Oct 13-14 reflected not only the appreciation of dogs but the growing movement in Lebanon to protect the rights of animals.

The festival celebrates all things dog, such as spas, beauty contests, high-end dog treats and toys. Held in April for the first time, the organizers hope to organize the event twice a year, according to Roula Mezher, the event planner at MindWhisk that organizes the festival.

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