Chinese Millionaire Goes Broke Saving Dogs From Meat Trade

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A Chinese millionaire opens up shelter, sacrificing everything to save dogs from the canine meat market.

Wang Yan’s passion project began three years ago after his own dog went missing. Yan was told to search for him at a local slaughterhouse, where dogs were taken to be butchered for their meat.

While the 29-year-old was unable to find his dog, what he did see stayed with him. Wang, who made his millions in the Chinese steel industry, decided to convert a steel factory into a dog shelter.

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To date, he has saved about 2,000 dogs. Currently, he has about 200 dogs being housed but has had as many as 1,000 animals at one time. While many of the dogs have been adopted out to loving families, Wang will not accept monetary donations from people. (He does welcome food and supplies.) Because of this,  all of Wang’s own money has gone to save the dogs, and he is now going into debt.

Approximately 10,000 dogs are slaughtered each year in China for their meat. In the past few years, thanks to social media and cultural shifts, the practice has come under further scrutiny and there has been a huge push to end it.

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H/T Daily Mail