Marc Ching travels to Asia on a regular basis for some very crucial missions. Thanks to him, countless dogs have been saved from the underground meat trade in China. He is the owner of a pet food shop called the PetStaurant and a local animal shelter, but he was compelled to establish the Animal Hope and Wellness Foundation in 2011 so that he could give abused dogs a second chance at life. The nonprofit organization aims to save as many animals as possible even in the face of danger.
Marc found out about the Yulin Dog Meat Festival, which takes place in China every year, in 2015. What he discovered about the festival changed him and his foundation to a great degree.
He says about the festival, “The abuse and inhumanity is so brutal out there that it doesn’t compare to anything here in America.”
After witnessing what happens during the event, Marc started pretending as a wealthy American businessman looking for dog meat. That way he tricks slaughterhouses into giving him live dogs as “samples” of the product. Once he has the dogs secured, he and his team smuggle them back to the USA where they give the helpless animals the love and medical attention they need. Marc has gone back to Asia six times already. He is preparing for his seventh trip soon.
Some cultures believe that adrenaline makes dog meat taste better. Of course, they couldn’t be more wrong, but they still tend to follow a torture-based process for slaughtering animals.
“This trade is built upon the belief that if you torture and abuse the animal, it makes the meat taste better,” says Marc.
The International Human Society believes that almost 1 million dogs are slaughtered for their fur or meat each year in the People’s Republic of China alone. Many animal activist groups and even celebrities have joined Marc to stop such cruel practices from happening.
If you want to learn more, or want to see how you can help, visit Animal Hope and Wellness Foundation.
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