This uplifting news comes to us from China.
Dogs are a man’s best friend, yet in Southern China, these adorable animals are slaughtered in the name of gastronomical delights. The city of Yulin in China holds a dog eating festival on Summer Solstice; the event has outraged the international media and also provoked a backlash from animal protection activists who detest the idea of a festival that is dedicated to the consumption of dog’ s meat.
Yang Xiaoyun is a 65-year-old Chinese woman. She runs an animal sanctuary at her home which is populated by 1500 dogs and 200 cats. She arrived in Yulin with the sole objective of saving as many dogs as possible. Yang Xiaoyun went forth and purchased 100 dogs by paying close to $1000 so that they could not be ferried to the site of the festival and be killed and eaten.
Yang Xiaoyun traveled close to 1500 miles to be present at Yulin to prevent the sale and butchering of dogs. She plans to transport the bought dogs to her home in the city of Tianjin. At her home, the kindhearted woman runs a dog and cat sanctuary called Common Home for All. This sanctuary hosts about 1500 dogs and 200 cats which Yang Xiaoyun fondly calls her children. The recently purchased dogs are expected to swell the ranks of canines at her home shelter.
She started taking in animals way back in 1995 and the first animal she rescued was a kitten from a river. She was going through a rough patch at that time; her husband had died and she was thinking of suicide. Rescuing the kitten gave Yang Xiaoyun a purpose and meaning to her life. Her kind act comes in the midst of international outrage over the festival where about 10,0000 cats and dogs are slaughtered every year, the majority being stolen pets.
We need more people like Yang Xiaoyun to swell our ranks and do more good for society.
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