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
Many have accused the organizers of unnecessary cruelty when cooking the dogs
Yang decided to travel 1,500 miles to Yulin and spent 7,000 yuan ($1,100) to rescue 100 dogs from being slaughtered
Yang runs an animal shelter called “Common Home for Stray Animals” which was her original home and converted it into a shelter in 1999.
Most of the dog requires medical attention that she herself administer
Her shelter depends on volunteers and donations to operate
Twice everyday she makes steamed corn bread to feed the dogs. This is all she can afford
It’s always a special treat for all of the animals when volunteers come and visit
She tries to give them treats every weekend
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.
The international movement against the Yulin Dog Meat Festival is growing exponentially with help from social media.