One man has spent his entire fortune saving dogs from China’s brutal dog meat trade. His name is Wang Yan, and at just 29 years old he had already accumulated millions of yuan – yuan are worth less than dollars, but this is still a sizable sum.
Yan lives in the Jillin provence, which is home to some of the most notorious dog slaughterhouses in China. Dog meat is technically illegal in China (due to health codes), but still 10 million dogs per year are killed in some of the most brutal ways – they’re clubbed, their throats are slit and many are burned or boiled alive. Yan learned just how cruel these slaughterhouses are when he lost his own dog and went to a slaughterhouse hoping to find him.
Yan never found his dog, and what he saw was so appalling that he spent all of his money on a rescue shelter to house homeless dogs. These strays often end up in slaughterhouses because criminal dog bunchers grab the animals from the streets and sell them for slaughter.
And many of China’s streets are teeming with stray dogs.
“Right now, we only have 215 dogs,” Yan told Sina News. “The most we’ve had at one time is 1,000, many of them have been adopted.”
Yan is worried about taking care of the dogs for the winter, and is asking the community for help. “I do not accept monetary donations,” he said. “I only hope that kind-hearted people will be able to donate a few supplies to help build a home for these 200 dogs.”