In attempt to save as many dogs as she could, a Chinese woman has paid over $1,000 to rescue 100 dogs from being killed and eaten during this year’s Yulin Dog Meat Festival.
On Saturday, Yang Xiaoyun paid about 7,000 yuan (US$1,100) to save around 100 dogs in Yulin, web portal Netease reported.
The city is known for the Dog Meat Festival held on the summer solstice every year. This cruel and barbaric event has attracted the attention of millions of pet lovers and animal activists worldwide.
According to reports, Yang plans to give the dogs shelter at her home in Tianjin.
Photos of Yang browsing and buying the dogs in a market in Yulin circulated online.
Animal Activists traveled to the southern city to hold demonstrations. They also bought dogs to save them from the slaughter.
Locals say that both dogs and cats are killed humanely way for the festival, but an investigation conducted by Animals Asia shows a completely different picture. Most of the “meat dogs” are in fact stolen pets and strays.
Around 30 million households in China are estimated to keep dogs as pets.
The city’s government has tried to wash their hands and distance themselves itself from the event following the outrage of millions urging them to ban the event.
Eating dogs is not illegal in China and the government only calls on meat vendors to respect food safety laws.
“Some residents of Yulin have the habit of coming together to eat lychees and dog meat during the summer solstice,” the city’s news office wrote on Sina Weibo, a Chinese Twitter equivalent. “The ‘summer solstice lychee and dog meat festival’ is a commercial term, the city has never (officially) organized a ‘dog meat festival.'”
“Yulin is an open, tolerant and civilized city. We welcome people across the world to pay attention to Yulin,” it adds.
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