Yang Xiaoyun, rescues dogs in china

This Woman is Our Hero. She Traveled 1,652 Miles to Rescue 100 Dogs

Warning: Some of the images in this article show animal abuse and may be distressing.

A social-media campaign has rallied around a woman in China, Yang Xiaoyun, who reportedly paid over $1,000 on Saturday to save 100 dogs from being killed and eaten during a dog-meat festival in the southern city of Yulin.

This is Yang Xiaoyun, a 65-year-old retired teacher who wants to stop dog slaughter in China.

Yang Xiaoyun, rescues dogs in china

The festival, which occurs annually during the summer solstice, has faced increasing backlash from activists who say the event is cruel, reports Agence France-Presse.

Every year, 10,000 dogs are eaten at the traditional Chinese Yulin festival.

Yang Xiaoyun, rescues dogs in china

Yang Xiaoyun, 65, was seen in photographs browsing through a market where dogs were kept in cages, before paying about $1,100 to rescue scores of canines.

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

Yang Xiaoyun, rescues dogs in china

In the past, animal-rights activists have traveled to Yulin to demonstrate against the festival and have been known to buy dogs to save them from being eaten.

According to Hong Kong–based charity Animals Asia, the majority of dog meat in China comes from stolen pets and strays.

The group says many of the dogs are treated inhumanely, kept in tiny cages and poisoned or beaten to death. Nevertheless, eating dogs is legal in the country.

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

Yang Xiaoyun, rescues dogs in china

Here she sits next to a cage with poor dogs that she just bought from dog-meat dealers.

Yang Xiaoyun, rescues dogs in china

She runs a shelter called ‘Common Home,’ which is home to more than 1,000 dogs.

Yang Xiaoyun, rescues dogs in china

Many of the dogs require medical attention, which she provides.

Yang Xiaoyun, rescues dogs in china

Her shelter depends on volunteers and donations to operate.

Yang Xiaoyun, rescues dogs in china Yang Xiaoyun, rescues dogs in china

Yang makes steamed corn bread twice a day to feed the dogs, which is all she can afford.

Yang Xiaoyun, rescues dogs in chinaYang Xiaoyun, rescues dogs in china Yang Xiaoyun, rescues dogs in chinaYang Xiaoyun, rescues dogs in china

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

Yang Xiaoyun, rescues dogs in china

She tries to give the dogs treats every weekend.

Yang Xiaoyun, rescues dogs in china

Attitudes towards dog and cat consumption in China are changing, but some of these traditions have deep roots.

Yang Xiaoyun, rescues dogs in china Yang Xiaoyun, rescues dogs in china

This year, animal lovers including British comedian Ricky Gervais are decrying the festival under the hashtag #StopYulin2015.

Ricky Gervais condemned the festival and said footage he saw from past years broke his heart. “I will never forget the look of bewilderment and fear on the faces of these poor animals — the dogs and cats await a horrible fate,” he said in a statement.

“No animal deserves to be treated like this.”

Yang Xiaoyun, you are one awesome human-being. We salute you.

Yang Xiaoyun, rescues dogs in chinaSources: (TIME, Blogspot, news.163.com)


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16 comments

  1. Reblogged this on Mister Baloney Head and commented:

    Warning to fellow doggie-bloggers – some of the photos in this article are disturbing. I feel deep gratitude to people like Yang Xiaoyun who are devoted to taking action against animal cruelty. Abuse to any animal is heartbreaking and unbearable to witness. These dogs and cats are innocent and vulnerable.

    In fact, ALL animals are innocent. What if you replaced the dogs in the photo with cows, pigs and chickens heading for the slaughterhouse? Are some animals more precious than others? Does any living creature deserve to end up on our plates as dog meat, ground beef, or chicken McNuggets?

    What if we started practicing awareness today? Why not begin by considering where tonight’s meatloaf or pork chop came from? Is it really worth the suffering that went into getting it onto your plate?

    Just a thought. Ok, I’ll step down from my soapbox now.

    Like

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