In a landmark victory for dogs, animal lovers, and Lisa Vanderpump, China’s Yulin Festival—the notorious ten day “celebration” that encourages the consumption of canines—is set to officially ban the sale of dog meat by restaurants, street carts, and market vendors.
While nothing has been signed into law quite yet, Yulin's Party Secretary, Mo Gong Ming, has initiated the ban and has planned for it to go into effect on June 15—exactly one week before this year's Yulin Festival. Violators risk fines up to 100,000 yuan (~$14,000) and arrest.
Lisa Vanderpump and husband Ken Todd have been among the staunchest, most vocal celebrity critics of the festival. Not only did they co-found Stop Yulin Forever, they also organized marches in L.A. and on Washington, and they constantly use their platforms to speak out against the torturous practice. So we weren't surprised to hear she was celebrating:
Lisa spoke with The Daily Mail about her response. "I actually cried for 10 minutes. I just sat there," she said. "Unfortunately many dogs and cats will be killed before the start of this year's festival on June 15, but it's definitely China saying, 'We hear you. We are kind of moving in the right direction.'"
To help contribute to fighting the good fight until Yulin is over for good, you can visit Lisa's site, StopYulinForever.com.
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