Chinese Woman Pays Over $1,000 To Save 100 Dogs From Yulin Dog-Eating Festival

A Chinese woman traveled over 1,500 miles and paid over $1,000 on Saturday to save 100 dogs from being eaten during the Yulin Dog-Eating Festival. The animal rights activist plans to rehome the dogs.

Located in Southern China, Yulin is a city that celebrates the summer solstice by having a festival which slaughter as many as 10,000 dogs for consumption. Not everyone though in China supports their traditions.

65-year-old, retired teacher, Yang Xiaoyun wants to stop dog slaughter in China

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Every year more than 10,000 dogs are slaughtered and eaten at the traditional Chinese Yulin festivalchinese-lady-save-100-dogs (21)

Many have accused the organizers of unnecessary cruelty when cooking the dogs

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Yang decided to travel 1,500 miles to Yulin and spent 7,000 yuan ($1,100) to rescue 100 dogs from being slaughtered

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Here she sits in front of her newly bought dogs from the dog-meat dealers.  chinese-lady-save-100-dogs (18)

Yang runs an animal shelter called “Common Home for Stray Animals” which was her original home and converted it into a shelter in 1999.

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Most of the dog requires medical attention that she herself administer

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Her shelter depends on volunteers and donations to operate

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Twice everyday she makes steamed corn bread to feed the dogs.  This is all she can afford

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It’s always a special treat for all of the animals when volunteers come and visit

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She tries to give them treats every weekend

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It’s not the first time Yang Xiaoyun has saved animals from the annual Yulin festival. She spent 150,000 yuan ($24,000 USD) just last year to rescue 360 dogs and dozens of cats from slaughter at the festival.

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The international movement against the Yulin Dog Meat Festival is growing exponentially with help from social media.

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