Chinese Woman Travels 2,400 Km And Spends $1,100 To Save Pooches From Dog-Eating Festival

In some parts of southern China it is traditional to celebrate the summer solstice by eating dog meat. Yulin, a city in this region, marks the occasion with a festival that can see as many as 10,000 dogs being slaughtered and consumed.

However, not everyone in China supports this tradition — Yang Xiaoyun, a 65-year-old retired teacher who runs an animal shelter in Tianjin, has traveled over 2,400 km (1,500 miles) and spent more than 7,000 yuan ($1,100 or £720) to save 100 dogs from certain death.

These are the appalling conditions in which dogs are kept at the Yulin Festival.


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And this is Yang Xiaoyun, the retiree who travels over a thousand miles to save them.


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She runs an animal shelter called ‘Common Home’, which houses more than 1,000 rescued dogs.


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Ms Yang makes and feeds the canines steamed corn bread twice a day, which is all she can afford.


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Except for the weekends, when she treats them to hotdogs.


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She provides them with all the attention they require — both medical and emotional.


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And they pay her back the only way they know how, with undying love and adoration.


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Ms Yang is not alone in her battle against this tradition. The Yulin Festival has received a huge amount of criticism for its unnecessary cruelty and torture of dogs, with #stopYulin2015 trending on social media.

According to this blog, you can help save these poor unfortunate dogs with a direct bank wire transfer to Ms Yang:

Name: Commercial Bank of China (中国工商银行)
Bank Account City: Tianjin (开户城市-天津)
Bank Account No.: 0302845001009282956
Account Name: Ai Yun YANG (杨爱云
Xiaoyun Yang’s Cell Phone: 13164073263