During the course of the festival - scheduled to take place over 10 days next month in the south of China - thousands of dogs and cats will be eaten.
Judy van der Westhuizen, an animal rights activist and founder of Khetani Animal Rescue, said a handful of people held a peaceful demonstration to show their unhappiness with the festival.
“I feel we did carry our message across. They skin and boil dogs alive because the Chinese believe that if the dogs suffers, they taste better. They also set cats alight while they are alive,” said Van der Westhuizen.
She said the protesters usually prepared a letter of grievances which they handed to security officers at the consulate, because their officials did not accept it.