On Tuesday, as China's Yulin city kicked off its controversial 10-day dog meat festival, animal rights activists were busy working to shut down some of the vendors and slaughterhouses that are expected to kill some 10,000 dogs during the event.

While an estimated 10 to 20 million dogs are killed for their meat each year in China, the annual Yulin event has become synonymous with the practice.

Each year, the festival kicks off in the beginning of the summer solstice, because of traditional Chinese beliefs that eating dog meat helps the body cope with the heat.

American activist Marc Ching travelled to Yulin ahead of the festival, where he started work trying to rescue the dogs kept in some of these compounds.

By the end of Tuesday, Ching and his companion, Valarie Ianniello, had managed to free 1,000 dogs from six slaughterhouses, he announced on his non-profit's Facebook page.

“We have shut down six slaughterhouses, have five pending, and are on our way to visit a dozen more,” Ching wrote on his animal rescue’s Facebook page. “To those that thought it was impossible – it is becoming possible.” How does he do it? Sometimes he pretends he wants to buy dog meat, sometimes he persuades slaughterhouse owners to stop their cruel activities and offers them financial help to start a new business.


Responses to "Amazing Man frees 1,000 dogs from China's dog meat festival"

  1. Anonymous says:

    Thank you, you are an incredible man :)

  2. Lell says:

    Ahh those poor poor doggies, so scared, thank god for people with a heart, thank you youre amazing....

  3. Anonymous says:

    thank thank thankyou!!!God bless you i go to bed each night praying this nightmare for these fur babies will have a happy ending

  4. Anonymous says:

    God bless you. Thank you...

  5. Anonymous says:

    lets get rid of the chinese people ,that would stop this horendous and disgusting barbaric practice we should all be boycotting this disgusting country like a fire stop supporting them in any way stop trading their crappy stuff and stop giving them our iron ore etc this is not acceptable this barbaric act Val Bounds in Perth West Australia a dog and animal supporter for I.F.A.W. independant fund for animal welfare

  6. Anonymous says:

    Thank you for your enormous courage to save these dogs. We hope you will be followed by other men and women to help you to fight the cruelty to animals !

  7. God Bless You!

  8. Vicky says:

    Thank god for you, your courage and compassion!!! I hope you've started a movement! The whole situation is a bottomless pit of horror, but you, your friends and people like you are the only glimpse of light in this freakish hell show. Thank you, thank you, thank you! May you be safe and protected, and may you yourself recover from the pain of this.

  9. Anonymous says:

    This just breaks my heart over and over again. I saw your interview on television a week or so agou. Thank you for all the courage you and your people have, in spite of how you must feel deep inside.

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