This Woman Saved 500 Dogs From Being Eaten at a Controversial Festival in China

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Dog lover Yang Xiaoyun holds a dog which she purchased in China’s southern town of Yulin, at her shelter for dogs in Tianjin, China, July 8, 2015. Yang said she spent 300,000 RMB (48,248 USD) to purchase 500 dogs to rescue them from dog meat dealers at Yulin’s annual dog meat festival last month. She keeps more than 1,000 dogs in her shelters, mostly abandoned or she purchased from dog meat traders. (Photo by Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters)

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Rescued dogs are seen at a shelter run by Yang Xiaoyun in Tianjin, China, July 8, 2015. (Photo by Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters)

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Rescued dogs are seen at a shelter run by Yang Xiaoyun in Tianjin, China, July 8, 2015. (Photo by Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters)

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A dog which was purchased by dog lover Yang Xiaoyun in China’s southern town of Yulin, is seen at Yang’s shelter for dogs in Tianjin, China, July 8, 2015. (Photo by Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters)

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Visitors play with rescued dogs at a shelter ran by Yang Xiaoyun in Tianjin, China, July 8, 2015. (Photo by Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters)

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Rescued dogs are seen at a shelter run by Yang Xiaoyun in Tianjin, China, July 8, 2015. (Photo by Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters)

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Dog lover Yang Xiaoyun holds a dog which she purchased in China’s southern town of Yulin, at her shelter for dogs in Tianjin, China, July 8, 2015. (Photo by Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters)

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Rescued dogs are seen at a shelter run by Yang Xiaoyun in Tianjin, China, July 8, 2015. (Photo by Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters)

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Dog lover Yang Xiaoyun injects medicine to a dog which she purchased in China’s southern town of Yulin, at her shelter for dogs in Tianjin, China, July 8, 2015. (Photo by Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters)

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A dog in a small cage waits to be sold in Yulin Big Market on Sunday, June 21, 2015 in Yulin, China. The Yulin “dog meat festival” is underway around the summer solstice in China. Thousands of dogs, many of them stolen pets, were trucked in from around the country by traders wanting to profit. After suffering for days crammed into cages without food or water, the animals were butchered within sight of each other. Humane Society International, working with local activists, is making major inroads to stop the cruelty, and local authorities are feeling the pressure. Between large protests, international media coverage and well over one million petitioners calling to stop the killing, progress is being made. (Photo by AP Images for Human Society International)

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A dog which was purchased by animal right activists in order to rescue it from dog dealers, is seen in a cage nearby a dog trading market in Yulin, Guangxi Autonomous Region, June 20, 2015. (Photo by Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters)

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