Despite being beaten and detained by authorities, this man continues to infiltrate slaughterhouses in China and rescue dogs with other activists.
Yes, the time has come. In China, a week-long event known as the Yulin Dog Meat Festival is taking place, much to the distaste of animal rights activists in the country and around the world. It is estimated that every year, 10 to 20 million dogs are killed for their meat.
While some are doing their part by sharing articles such as this one to raise awareness about the outdated festival, others are actually venturing to the event to rescue dogs before they’re killed.
American activist Marc Ching is one such individual. According to Mashable, Ching has suffered beatings and threats, yet still continues to sneak into slaughterhouses to rescue canines. In partnership with other animal lovers in China, he has helped rescue 1,000 dogs from being skinned alive.
After the abused dogs are rescued, Ching transports them to shelters and foster care so they may have a chance at life.
The activist wrote 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. To those that thought it was impossible – it is becoming possible.”
He is relentless in his quest to put an end to the barbaric festival. Sometimes he sneaks into slaughterhouses pretending to be a buyer, and other times he’s successful in persuading owners of the establishments to stop their cruel activities. If he has to offer them some financial incentive, he does not withhold.
This is the 7th time Ching has traveled to Asia to saved abused dogs. His actions have not only influenced activists around the world, they’ve inspired Chinese citizens to protest and boycott the festival and get involved in rescue efforts. Because of this, fewer dogs are being killed at the festival, according to Wendy Higgins of the Humane Society International.
Following are two videos he posted to his animal rescue Facebook page:
This is live. This is now: The Animal Hope and Wellness Foundation, and The Tree of Life – we just rescued over 1000 dogs from Yulin. A thousand breaths that would die here in the dark. A thousand lives that would bleed like blood left there upon ground. These dogs, they are brothers. They are sisters. They are fathers and mothers. They are children. They deserve a chance. All life deserves chance. The Compassion Project. If it is about one thing, it is about that as human beings, we were meant to love. We were meant to breathe life. We were meant to be – better then who we are. Speak out. Hold hands. Love the Earth. And rescue. Because in the end, even we need rescuing. (Thank you Tree Of Life for teaming with us to make this possible. Thank you XiaoFang and our Nanning team for your hard and enduring work. Thank you to our Animal Hope and Wellness Foundation volunteers. Real people that left their families – to stand here and sacrifice for the cause.Unreal.)#TheCompassionProject #animalhopeandwellness #SpeakTheTruth
Posted by The Animal Hope & Wellness Foundation on Tuesday, June 21, 2016
People dreamed about this. People signed petitions and protested. People wrote their congressman and government. People filled the streets and stood in unison. Well that dream, it is becoming reality. We have shut down six slaughterhouses, have five pending, and are on our way to visit a dozen more. To those that thought it was impossible – it is becoming possible. For people who cried and screamed into the night, hope remains. The reality of shutting down a festival where 10,000 dogs die, is that you have thousands of lives that need rescue. We cannot do this alone. I have till tomorrow to save the lives that need saving. The world wanted the festival to end, and we are here trying to end it. We need local rescues to step in. I can take 100 dogs, maybe 200. But that is all. Literally we have the smallest foundation on Earth. It is just me and my director Valarie Ianniello. There are groups that are a hundred times greater then we. There are hundreds of organizations that petitioned and stood out in protest.This is the time. Do not desert the cause you asked the world to defend. Do not leave us here by ourselves. Do not abandon the mission.Note: For those that want to help rescue these dogs and shutdown Yulin, please donate. http://www.animalhopeandwellness.org/donate/#TheCompassionProject #marcching #TheHeartOfRescue #animalhopeandwellness
Posted by The Animal Hope & Wellness Foundation on Monday, June 20, 2016
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