In order to save animals from being eaten at the Yulin dog meat festival, a lady from Tianjin travelled over a thousand miles to the region in order to buy up dogs and cats before they could be slaughtered.
The 65-year-old dog lover, named Yang Xiaoyun, turned up at the market in Yulin yesterday, spending around 7,000 yuan to purchase over one hundred cats and dogs from sellers at the marketplace.
According to The Mirror, Yang began buying and raising dogs and cats since 1995. In order to help the animals she went as far as to sell her son’s house that he had been planning to live in after getting married.
Knowing that last year she spent around 150,000 yuan buying 360 dogs and dozens of cats, a number of dog dealers were prepared with animals ready to sell to her.
Yang told reporters that she didn’t plan on taking the dogs and cats she had purchased back to Tianjin. “I want to adopt a mild way to protest against the local traditions. I think establishing a dog raising base and a vegetarian restaurant nearby would be a good way to gradually change their way of thinking.”
Naturally, Yang’s sentiment attracted numerous compliments from Chinese netizens. A commenter from Anhui wrote, “I’m not a dog lover myself and I don’t eat dog meat nor mistreat dogs, however this lady’s conduct is very respectable.”
“She deserves respect. Not to bring harm to others but buying dogs with her own money to inspire people to love dogs. Respectable indeed!” added a netizen from Guangzhou.
A petition to stop the festival recently managed to gather more than 3 million signatures, while several celebrities have also stepped up to speak out against the killing of dogs in Yulin.
By Lucy Liu
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