This Chinese woman travels almost 2,400 kilometers and pay Rs. 70,000 to save 100 dogs from a festival where they would be eaten.
Yulin is a city in southern China where people celebrates the summer solstice with a horrendous festival called ‘Yulin Lychee and Dog Meat Festival’ where around 10,000 dogs are slaughtered and consumed. Chinese believe that there will be lesser heat in coming summer if they eat dogs. Started from 2009, its a 10 day festival celebrated on 21 June every year. However, not everyone in China support these practices.
One such person is a retired teacher Yang Xiaoyun, 65, who now has an animal shelter called “Common Home” and she decided to travel more than 2,400 km and spent nearly Rs. 70,000 (over 7,000 yuan) to rescue 100 of these dogs from a certain death this year. Yang prepares steamed corn bread twice a day to feed the dogs, it’s all she can afford. And when they need medicines, Yang also provides that.
In 2014, she spent nearly Rs. 15.40 lakh (150,000 yuan) to save 360 dogs along with some cats.