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Chinese Woman Travels 1,500 Miles And Pays $1,100 To Save 100 Dogs From Chinese Dog-Eating Festival

The Yulin festival has drawn much criticism in recent weeks. Rightfully condemned by much of the world, the festival is celebrated in the southern Chinese city of Yulin, whereas many as 10,000 dogs are killed and consumed for their meat.

While the practice is not supported by all of China, there is a lot of history involving the consumption of dog meat in the country. The Southern regions of the country have traditionally been the areas where this is more prominent.

Yang Xiaoyun is a retired teacher who is one example of a Chinese citizen who is not in favour of the tradition. She went to amazing lengths to prove this, travelling 2,400 km (1500 miles) and spending over 7,000 yaun (£$1,000) to do her part to rescue 100 risk dogs from being slaughtered. The heart-warming story is bright spot in the otherwise terrible revelations behind the Yulin Festival.

The Festival began on June 20th, though people on social media had taken to Twitter to decry the upcoming even, with the trend #stopYulin going viral. Activist around the globe, including those in China, have condemned organisers for the cruelty and torture that will take place.

(h/t: TIMEBlogspotnews.163.com)

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

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

rescued dogs yulin dog meat festival china

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

rescued dogs yulin dog meat festival china

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

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

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Many of the dogs require medical attention, which she provides

rescued dogs yulin dog meat festival china

Her shelter depends on volunteers and donations to operate

rescued dogs yulin dog meat festival china

rescued dogs yulin dog meat festival china

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

rescued dogs yulin dog meat festival china

rescued dogs yulin dog meat festival china

rescued dogs yulin dog meat festival china

rescued dogs yulin dog meat festival china

rescued dogs yulin dog meat festival china

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

rescued dogs yulin dog meat festival china

She tries to give them treats every weekend

rescued dogs yulin dog meat festival china

rescued dogs yulin dog meat festival china

rescued dogs yulin dog meat festival china

rescued dogs yulin dog meat festival china

rescued dogs yulin dog meat festival china

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

rescued dogs yulin dog meat festival china

rescued dogs yulin dog meat festival china

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