Despite concerns, protests and outrage from people around the globe, this year’s Yulin Festival is underway.
At the annual event — which coincides with the summer solstice — street vendors in the Southwestern Chinese city are said to slaughter some 10,000 dogs and serve them up as meals.
Ricky Gervais recently rallied his fans and Twitter followers to get involved, several international humane organization have launched campaigns to put an end to China’s use of dog and cat meat, and #ItsNoFestival and #StopYulin2015 are going viral on social media. And now, one woman traveled to Yulin and personally saved more than 100 dogs from being killed and eaten, reports The Huffington Post.
Yang Xiaoyun of Tianjin, China, reportedly was seen browsing hoards of cages, each containing multiple dogs, and paying about $1,100 to rescue the canines. The 65-year-old retired teacher is said to be rehousing the dogs at her home some 1,500 miles away.
Xiaoyun has been rescuing animals since 1995, when she pulled an abandoned kitten from a river, HuffPost reports. Her love for helping both dogs and cats flourished into her creating in 1999 a sanctuary for them called “Common Home for All.”
According to Animals Asia, more than 50,000 dogs have been slaughtered during the Yulin festival since it began in 2009. The Hong Kong-based charity claims dogs are stolen from their homes or taken from the street, crammed in cages and treated cruelly.