In 2018, Wild at Heart Foundation teamed up with Humane Society International to rescue dogs from the meat trade in China, most recently from The Yulin festival, an annual celebration held in Yulin, Guangxi, China, during the summer solstice. This festival has become globally notorious for the barbarism with which the killing and eating of dogs is carried out and celebrated.
Chinese activists with whom HSI has worked for many years, together with two other groups, negotiated the rescue of 135 dogs from three facilities in the Yulin suburbs. They captured chilling footage inside one slaughterhouse that kills around 50 dogs every day for human consumption. We were incredibly keen to play a part in putting an end to this horrific tradition, and Wild at Heart Foundation were only too happy to assist with the rescue of 5 of these dogs, finding them homes here in the UK and supporting their transition from terrified captive to beloved pet.
Penny – one of our gorgeous Yulin festival rescue dogs and a proud dog meat trade survivor.
We look forward to working with HSI again in the future to help even more of the thousands of victims of this barbaric festival.
*first two images courtesy of HSI