Marc Ching of the Animal Hope and Wellness and his team worked to save at least 5,000 dogs from being slaughtered for the 2017 Yulin Dog Festival in China. Typically, at least 10,000 dogs are killed for their meat — with 10 to 20 million canines being murdered in Asia yearly. Ching took to his social media accounts on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to share his tales from his trip to Yulin this year.
In a video posted Saturday, Ching told the story of Angie, just one of the puppies he saved from being killed. While Ching has been touted as a hero in the animal rights community, he doesn’t consider himself a star.
“I never knew what a hero was. Never met one, until the day I first walked into a slaughterhouse,” he recalled about the first time he saw an anima slain for its meat. “The way they took his paw, and nail gunned it into the wall. I remember blood that stood on paper. Tears that fell, like God dying there to save the Earth.”
He continued: “That was the first time I ever saw anything die of torture. The way they cut his face. How they broke his foot and his leg. In the end he died without words. Scars wet like fear. Wounds, still there like you were yesterday.”
In the accompanying video for the post, Ching showed how his team safely removed a wire from Angie’s throat. It was on her so tight that it cut deep into her throat. There were able to bandage her up and later showed a video of Angie walking around.
“That is a hero. This dog we pulled off of a truck — she is a hero,” he said about Angie.
During an interview with International Business Times last week, Ching said “dog meat is everywhere” in Yulin.
Despite his efforts to save dogs, this year’s festival might have been the most deadly because rumors spread that dog meat was banned in China.