This Man Has Saved Hundreds Of Dogs From Yulin – And He’s Going Back For More | Care2 Causes


When Marc Ching, an American holistic nutritionist and animal lover, first heard about the Yulin Dog Meat Festival, he couldn’t believe it was real. Was there really a place where they actually kill cats and dogs for meat? Ching went to Yulin to witness it with his own eyes, at which point everything changed and his mission became clear: Do whatever it takes to put an end to the Yulin Dog Meat Festival.

“Most groups do petitions or go to dog farms,” he explains of efforts from groups such as the Humane Society of the United States, who rescue hundreds of dogs from breeding farms that sell dogs to slaughterhouses for butchering. “I go undercover to slaughterhouses and document torture. I’m bringing this torture to the public so they know what’s happening. People know in Asia dogs are killed for meat. What they don’t understand is that they’re torturing them.”

While supporters of the festival claim that the eating of cats and dogs is no different from the consumption of bacon or chicken in America, Ching says the difference is in the way the animals are killed. In the United States, laws like the Humane Slaughter Act protect farm animals from unnecessary abuse (although enforcement of those laws is a whole other issue). In China, abuse and plain cruelty towards the dogs is encouraged under the popular and misconceived belief that the adrenaline rush makes the meat softer, and since the animal was strong enough to withstand torture, that strength will be transferred to the one who eats it.

Ching says he’s seen just about everything, from dogs being boiled alive to being sodomized, being thrown against walls and even disemboweled. He captured the horrifying images with his phone — a hidden camera in plain sight.
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“The cover is that I go as a meat buyer and the people who own these places think I’m a potential business partner,” he explains. “I have my arms crossed, holding the phone in my hand and I’m taking video the whole time.”

It’s a dangerous move, he says, and hasn’t always worked. He’s been caught before and severely beaten, shot at and had his camera confiscated, but it’s a risk he considers worth the reward.

He also saves as many animals as he can under the guise of wanting to slaughter the animals himself to see if the meat is any good before he commits to a large purchase. He takes about five to ten animals at a time and immediately drives them to cities with a veterinary clinic to get them treated. He then brings the ones who survive to the United States to get adopted.

A handful of dogs per slaughterhouse may not sound like a lot, especially considering that over 10,000 cats and dogs are slaughtered in Yulin alone (and not counting countries like Vietnam and Indonesia where dog meat is regularly eaten), but the numbers add up.

He’s done five trips to Asia since 2015 and has rescued over 300 dogs. On June 11, he is going to Cambodia where he will literally blow up a slaughterhouse he purchased and then build a vegetarian noodle restaurant that the family who owned the slaughterhouse can operate in its place. He will then head to Yulin in hopes of rescuing more animals.

Although he does receive some donations from his nonprofit Animal Hope and Wellness Foundation, which rescues abused animals in the United States, Ching says his missions in Asia are mostly self-funded. And while this one-man operation has been successful so far, he’ll need more than his sole efforts to put a stop to Yulin and the dog meat trade.

He is actively trying to get a meeting with officials in China to show them how horrifying the practices at slaughterhouses are, a task he equates as someone in China trying to schedule a meeting with Obama. But in the meantime he shares the less gory images from his rescue missions on social media, hoping that, as more people become aware of what the festival entails, they will actively push governments to put an end to it.

To help Ching’s efforts and ask the Chinese government to end the Yulin Dog Meat Festival, you can sign the Care2 petition, which already has over 1,180,000 supporters.

Photo Credit: Marc Ching


Petition · PLEASE SIGN AND SHARE TO END DOG CHAINING! Take a moment – to end a LIFETIME of suffering! Thank you! ·



Petitioning U.S. House of Representatives and 2 others
Donna Hughes Trinity, U.S. Outlying Islands

Help end one of the worst forms of animal cruelty in our nation! Countless people leave dogs chained 24/7, some without food & water, some get tangled & die, many perish in the ice & snow, and blistering heat of summer. Until the laws are changed, we are forced to look away, as it is legal in most areas! The worst form of LEGAL DOG ABUSE currently known! A lot of this could be solved with spaying/neutering/education/organizations to build fences. We need your help, your voice, your caring heart & helping hands! Together we can make a differencve!

Some people say not being able to chain their dog is an inconvenience. Having a dog is an elective CHOICE.


Please spare a moment to sign, to end a LIFETIME of suffering for chained dogs! We must face this reality & identify this as unacceptable for our culture, in order to improve the standard of living for dogs AND people for generations to come. We must stand up & be a voice for the voiceless!

Like my Facebook Page, “Dogs Without Chains,” to read the latest news stories involving chaining issues, some with happy endings, & some tragic endings, involving our canine friends, those that need help, those that rescue, and those that abuse. Stay educated on the latest developments & breaking news about this subject. Some content may be disturbing, but reality is disturbing, and we need to start exposing the horrors of tethering, in order to get this on the radar of lawmakers at all levels of society, & really throughout the world.



Dog fighting is cruel, inhumane, and ILLEGAL IN ALL 50 STATES, yet the Humane Society estimates that approximately 100,000 people run dog fights in this nation. Dog chaining is also cruel & inhumane. How much dog fighting would be eliminated by a Federal BAN ON CHAINS, & why is one a federal crime, while the other is legal in most areas?

In most places, dog abuse in general is illegal, but chaining a dog 24/7 is legal in most areas, and is the worst form of animal abuse. It’s time to make some changes!

Dog Tethering is not just an Animal Cruelty Issue, but is also a Public Safety & Property Value Issue, as nobody would enjoy purchasing a home next to a ferocious chained dog.

Every signature will count! Each of you will be a voice for the voiceless! Your support will speak volumes to Law Makers!

“Never believe that a few caring people can’t change the world. For, indeed, that’s all who ever have.” ~Margaret Mead

What can you do RIGHT NOW other than signing/sharing this petition?

  1. Form a Committee in your area with the sole purpose of seeking a ban on chains in your County or City.
  2. Don’t publicize your efforts, in order to avoid opposition from forming & fighting you, keep it on the “down low.”
  3. Meet with your City Council/County Commissioners individually in private. They have to meet with you, it is their Civic Duty. Find out where they stand. Do not be afraid. Use the points below to sway them to your side. Avoid being confrontational, or accusatory.
  4. Once you have them on your side, attend a meeting, GET IT PASSED! *Guilford County Commissioners were asked to pass around a big heavy chain in their meeting, and hold it in their hands. A powerful message.

*Having victims of dog bite attacks present at the meeting, is also a good idea. The victims could speak briefly on what it was like to be attacked, but keep it short & sweet.

Studies show that dogs are made aggressive & territorial by chaining them, making them far more likely to attack if they break loose. According to the American Humane Association chained dogs are 2.8 times more likely to bite and approximately 25% of fatal dog attacks were from chained dogs.

*Your Community Leaders have sworn to protect Citizens, (especially helpless toddlers & the elderly,) by confronting & resolving this issue of dog containment in a humane and acceptable way, that also protects the animals.

Here is a report by PETA you can provide:

A report by the Humane Society:

More information to back up this claim:

*At your meeting have lots of support show up, but spread the word discreetly, so an army of opposition does not show up.

*Don’t show too many graphic images of neglected dogs, to avoid being seen as a crazy animal activist, (while that is really what I am I must admit), because it will likely turn them off. They mostly want to hear how it affects the community as a whole negatively.

  1. If successful, try the State Level, and reach out to other communities to help them get it passed! YOU CAN DO IT!

Table of Laws Concerning Tethering:

There is pending legislation in Nashville, TN, and many other places passing an Tethering Ordinance as you read this. Get it passed in your area!

*IT WILL TAKE THE ENTIRE COMMUNITY TO HELP ENFORCE A BAN. Be prepared to stay involved to see your ordinance through!

Points to make to your local lawmakers:

(It has been proven that approaching lawmakers from a PUBLIC SAFETY stance 1st, 2nd a PROPERTY VALUE ISSUE, and THIRDLY an ANIMAL ABUSE issue, highlighting the effects on the community & standard of living, as opposed to simply an Animal Abuse Issue is the most successful way to win them over to your side.)

*The law requires a fence for a pool but not a dog.

People are more likely to get attacked by a dog that breaks his chain, made more aggressive by the chain, than to fall in someone’s pool & drown. Why can a fence not be required for dogs? (SMALL PENS ARE NOT THE ANSWER).

*People have argued that not all dogs chained are abused, some are only temporarily chained for bathroom breaks. However, THE ONES WHO ABUSE CANNOT BE STOPPED WITHOUT LAWS. Guilford County, NC recently passed a law that dogs cannot be tethered without the owner present. Brilliant! They made it look easy!

Just as the terrorists in the world cannot be stopped without laws. Laws are for the PROTECTION OF CITIZENS, and in this case, pets as well!

*Are we to look the other way? Are we to teach our children to look away from the abusers? Are we to teach them to look the other way when we see a dog suffering on a chain, because it is legal, & there’s nothing that can be done?

I think our children deserve to learn MORE respect for animals than that, and the animals deserve more.

*Calling the police over and over and over on the same chained dog exploits the resources of a police department/animal control.

*In places where a ban on chaining is currently in effect, the law enforcement officers (who are actually working to enforce), are making 2 trips, instead of 30, and ultimately seizing the dog if the violation isn’t brought to compliance.

The EXTRA RESOURCES-time, gas, effort, NOT spent going to the SAME HOUSE 30 times to say the pitiful chained dog is within the limits of the law, is being spent adopting the dogs out.

Officers will have more time to rescue, and place, rather than chasing their “tails.”

I know this for a fact, because I have called 30 times on the same dog, as well as 30 of my neighbors, who have also made 30 calls on the same dog, all to reach the conclusion, that while the chained dog is rather pitiful, he is within the “limits of the law.”

*If the abusers chain their dogs & neglect them 24/7, there is nothing law enforcement can do without laws.

*Real estate values go down where there are chained dogs. Would you buy a house next door to a Chained Pit Bull?

I know people who were attacked by Pit Bulls who got off their chains. Some were nearly killed. Pit Bulls are cuddly teddy bears, unless chained, and neglected, then they become ferocious. Would you buy a house next door to a fenced pool or a chained Pit Bull? Which would frighten you more for your Grandma, or your kids? (Don’t forget to use the research listed above about chained dogs & attacks as listed under #4).

*In Drug Infested neighborhoods, dog fighting is prevalent. If we stop the chaining, we at least take that element away from those neighborhoods. The quality of life improves for everyone, not just the dog.

*A Federal Ban on Chains would cut down on, if not eliminate all the illegal dog fighting in this country.

Humane Society Video:

*Not everyone keeps their dog in the house. My personal opinion on that is, if people took the time to properly train a dog to know what is his, and what is not, the dogs do great in the home.

Dogs will stink up a house, IF the owner never gives the dog a bath, and never cleans.

If someone thinks a dog is SO nasty it can never be inside, even when it is zero degrees, WHY do they WANT a dog?

*If someone cannot afford an enclosure for the dog to go out in for fresh air, WHY do they need a dog?

*One vet bill can exceed the cost of an enclosure, as all dog owners know.

Does one really need a dog if they cannot afford fences & vet bills?

*If someone is gone all the time, and does not have time to give a dog love and attention, WHY do they want a dog?

I would love to have an elephant, or a giraffe. I love seals, walruses & penguins, but unfortunately,as much as I would like to have one, I do not have the resources, the time or the knowledge to have any of these creatures.

*Dogs find missing persons, lead the blind, find bombs, solve crimes, perform life saving tasks, hello! they are too smart to be chained & disregarded!

*People say dogs have lived outside for hundreds of years, but they were not CHAINED hundreds of yrs. ago & could get out of the rain! Tiny plastic houses would not have been the hiding place of choice of a dog 100 years ago. Many dogs are chained out with NO HOUSE & NO SHELTER!

*People go to jail for abusing animals, but isn’t chaining a dog 24/7 abuse? So why is it legal in many areas? Why?

*Show them how many places already have an ordinance banning chaining/tethering.

*Lastly, it would be beneficial for you to provide documentation of PROGRESS REPORTS in localities where this ban has ALREADY been passed, to show them it CAN BE DONE, and how it will benefit everyone. Do not show up without facts.

Here is a page dedicated to the Tethering Issue in Orange County, NC – where they have a 3 hour tethering limit. (I think Guilford’s ban on chaining unless owner is present is more effective, but regardless, here is the progress reported by Orange County:)

There is no progress report available as of yet for Guilford because their ban on chains just went into effect recently.

In NC, a law was passed,”Susie’s Law” that would hand down a 5 year mandatory jail sentence for abusing an animal. Yet chaining a dog 24/7 out in an ice storm or a lightning storm is ABUSE. Why are we not putting these people who chain their dog 24/7 in these conditions in jail? There is no logic here in NC regarding this issue, but a few of us are working to change that, even Susie, whose own Momma (Donna Lawrence) was attacked by a chained dog!

(Please see the uplifting movie “Susie’s Hope,” a story about a puppy that was beaten & set on fire, survived and was rescued by a woman who had been attacked by a dog on a chain, that she was trying to feed because the owners neglected it.) An amazing story that will offer you inspiration & courage!

My Opinion Piece leaves critics of this petition, absolutely nowhere to go. Pass it on:

So many dogs are suffering night & day in cold & hot temperatures while chained up. THIS IS NO LIFE FOR A DOG, or any animal, to be tied up 24/7. I urge State & Federal Law Makers to strongly consider the CRUELTY and NEGLECT of an animal, that is living his ENTIRE life out in the elements, while attached to a stationary object. The dog is an intelligent creature. When chained 24/7, they must wonder what they are being punished for.

See the story of the German Shepherd in New York, chained up in subzero temperatures:

See the story of Zeus, a beautiful Great Pyrenees Dog, chained 10 years in all sorts of bad weather:

See the story of the dog chained, while his owners ignored him, flood waters rose & he was stuck in the high water:

There was the German Shepherd who chewed off his own foot to escape his tether:

For my last example, see the story of Joseph, the dog chained for 10 years:

If these stories don’t tear your heart out, I don’t know what will.

Does it seem right & is it fair to permanently tie an animal to an object, an animal known to be unconditionally loving? If you think not, please sign & share!

Until he extends the circle of his compassion to all living things, man will not himself find peace.~Albert Schweitzer

There are no easy solutions, but I am willing to organize a group to build fences for pet owners. Critics of this petition, argue it will promote pet homelessness. However, there has got to be a better solution, than leaving these dogs on chains to suffer. SMALL PENS ARE NOT THE ANSWER. They don’t want to be cooped up, sitting in their waste either.

I understand that all God’s creatures can no longer be free to roam the Earth. Horses, cows, livestock must be fenced in. Birds are caged. Animals are kept in captivity in zoos. There is unfortunately a feral cat population in every town. Dogs are difficult to keep in certain areas where it is not safe for them to roam freely. Many folks do not like their dogs in their homes.

These are all problems difficult to solve.

Developing power and an infrastructure a hundred years ago in our country, was also a difficult problem to solve, but worth it. Finding the Titanic, was a difficult problem to solve, but worth it. Cleaning up the Twin Towers when they fell, and learning how to live in a world of terrorism has been, & continues to be a difficult problem to solve, but worth trying!

Dogs are a lot of work. They are like a 2 year old, that never grows up. But they are so loving, and kind. For me, they are worth everything I have to do, clean up, and buy. I love hearing them snore. It’s a precious Heavenly sound. Many people’s lives revolve around their dogs. So why are others so heartless? LET’S MAKE THIS PROBLEM, WORTH SOLVING!

You mean to tell me humans have entered into an age of technology, never foreseen by our Country’s forefathers, with the ability to see who you are talking to half a planet away, where everything can be accessed with the push of a button instantly, we can look up almost anything on our phones, in a place where 100 years ago you waited for communication by letter for weeks & even months. We put a monkey in space, brought him back, and men have walked on the moon, submarines dive deep into the ocean, jets transport us across the country in no time flat, but we can’t figure out how to solve a problem such as this? No way! It is unacceptable!

When I go to elementary schools to sing, the children always cry, sometimes uncontrollably, when I sing my song “Dog On A 10 Foot Chain.” Do we want to teach children, who obviously all have a heart for animals, that this is ok?

I can’t stand to see one more dog freezing out in the weather, or sitting in the pouring rain!

It’s not fair! Dogs are so much smarter than that! They are MAN’S BEST FRIEND. They deserve more than that. We owe it to them, to take care of them, if we take them in as pets!

Recently, in my local newspaper, (The Greensboro News & Record) here in NC, posted a photo taken of a dog sitting in his house, while SURROUNDED by vultures!

They were probably not even going to wait for him to die to try to eat him! The photo is posted on my Facebook page (Dogs Without Chains). The great thing is, the dog was taken by authorities, and Guilford County has a NO KILL shelter! So great news for that guy, but what about all the rest?

Would you want to be chained to something 24/7?

As people, when we are cold, we move around. Dogs tied up, cannot even move around enough to stay warm! It’s a hard life.

I wrote two songs, to touch hearts, and provoke change/thought/actions/ on this issue:

(“DOG ON A 10 FOOT CHAIN,” on You Tube)


I wrote both of these songs, after tossing & turning many nights, worrying about the dogs out there suffering.

None of God’s creatures want to be tied up out in the elements.

Additional Perspective:

According to the HSUS, dogs tethered for long periods can become highly aggressive. Dogs feel naturally protective of their territory; when confronted with a perceived threat, they respond according to their fight-or-flight instinct. A chained dog, unable to take flight, often feels forced to fight, attacking any unfamiliar animal or person who unwittingly wanders into his or her territory.

In addition to the psychological damage wrought by continuous chaining, dogs forced to live on a chain make easy targets for other animals, humans, and biting insects. A chained animal may suffer harassment and teasing from insensitive humans, stinging bites from insects, and attacks by other animals. Chained dogs are also easy targets for thieves looking to steal animals for sale to research institutions or to be used as training fodder for organized animal fights.

According to the HSUS, “Rarely does a chained or tethered dog receive sufficient care. Tethered dogs suffer from sporadic feedings, overturned water bowls, inadequate veterinary care, and extreme temperatures. During snow storms, these dogs often have no access to shelter. During periods of extreme heat, they may not receive adequate water or protection from the sun. What’s more, because their often neurotic behavior makes them difficult to approach, chained dogs are rarely given even minimal affection. Tethered dogs may become ‘part of the scenery’ and can be easily ignored by their owners.”

Please spread the word, and encourage everyone to sign this petition, to end this cruel existence.

Thank you for your support on this matter, and please help end the pain and suffering immediately!

Like my Facebook page, “Dogs Without Chains.”

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Contact me at

An organization I admire greatly, is DOGS DESERVE BETTER. They rehabilitate dogs, after rescuing them from chains and pens. PLEASE DONATE TO THIS ORGANIZATION, OR A LOCAL SHELTER NEAR YOU to make a difference in the life of a chained dog! I have researched what they do, and they are a remarkable, outstanding, reputable, highly trained group!

If everyone who signed this petition gave one dollar to DDB or a local rescue near you, so many more dogs could be saved.

If you can’t give money, volunteer your time at a local shelter. Adopt a dog, rather than shopping for one.

There are way too many dogs in shelters, and approximately 7 million dogs each year will be put to death due to overcrowding.

This is another aspect of our society I would like to change. I have been told a huge help to that problem would be Puppy Mill laws in every State, making breeders accountable, reducing overcrowding. Eliminated tethering would also help, because while some have suspected unchaining dogs would make shelter numbers increase, it actually helps reduce, as it cuts down on unwanted litters of puppies for 2 reasons: 1. Chained dogs cannot escape an ambush romance, thus getting pregnant, 2. If the owner cannot afford anything better than a chain as containment, they likely have not taken the proper time & care to spay & neuter.


Thank you everyone!

“He who rejects change is the architect of decay. The only human institution which rejects progress is the cemetery.” ~Harold Wilson

“When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.” ~Victor Frankl

“The man who never alters his opinion is like standing water, and breeds reptiles of the mind.” ~William Blake

A note to RADIO PROGRAMMERS: Please download my Public Service Announcement on this issue. This page includes important “Dog Holidays.” Airing this announcement on those dates, will create even more awareness.

Articles written on my Efforts to END dog chaining, one written by a Pulitzer Prize Winner:

Read the response of these 4th grade students, when asked what they thought of dog chaining, after their teacher posted an article about me that was in The Courier Tribune. Some truly heart wrenching answers!

“Dogs on chains get cold,” “Their owners forget about them,” “How would you like to be on a chain?” “What if you couldn’t reach your food or water?” “Dogs are people too,” “Dogs should be treated with love & kindness,” “No dog wants to be on a chain,” “Chaining a dog is just wrong.”
Sometimes grownups can learn a lot from a kid!

A final thought.

For those who have dogs, but do not want them inside their homes, it is cruel to leave a dog tied up, where predators could get them, the elements cause them to suffer, and where they are not shown love & attention. If you are someone that just chains them up, and spends 5 minutes a day with them, please find them a better home. Surrender them to someone who will love them. There are enough dog lovers in this world, just ask around, SOMEONE will take the dog for you.

I recently accepted a dog that was surrendered willingly by his elderly owner, previously chained, and he is such a smart dog. So much happier now. Living in the house, and already house broken, after a couple of weeks. He is such a joy. He’s finally learning words, which he didn’t know before, because nobody ever spent any time with him.

In my area, there are dogs on chains ALL AROUND ME, everwhere! It is unfortunately legal. You can’t call the authorities, unless they have no water, or no shelter. So they can be sitting in 2 feet of snow, or a hurricane, or a lightning storm, a tornado, or 110 degrees, tied to a chain, and there aint a thing anyone can do about it.

The authorities actually consider a tiny plastic house – shelter. A dog down the road from me had a house he could barely fit in, and it had a huge hole in the top. I made several calls to the proper authorities, and FINALLY after a MONTH or more, the owners bought the dog a new house. But there he was, on a chain, 24/7.

Here where I live, in North Carolina, you can’t go around cutting dogs loose. You will get shot, or arrested. We simply have to ban together across the United States, and ban the practice of this dog neglect/abuse!

Let’s truly make America, the land of the “free,” and the home of the “brave!” It takes brave people to make changes!

With gratitude, Donna Hughes

P.S. Let’s get a million to sign! If you will RE-share on each of the following DOG HOLIDAYS:

*Jan. 24, 2016: Change a Pet’s Life Day
*February is Unchain a Dog Month AND Responsible Pet Owners Month
*Feb. 8: Have a Heart for Chained Dogs Week
*Feb. 15-21, 2016: National Justice for Animals Week.
*Feb. 20, 2016: Love Your Pet Day
*April Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month(ASCPA)
*April 11, 2016: National Pet Day
*Third week in April. Animal Cruelty/Human Violence Awareness Week. An effort by the Humane Society of the United States
*National Pet Week – May 4-10
*National Pet month -May
*Mid-June: Animal Rights Awareness Week
*Take Your Dog to Work Day – June 20
*July 31: National Mutt Day. Also see Dec. 2
*National Dog Day – Aug. 26
*National Humane Education Society Founded 1948 – Sep. 15
*National Dog Week – Sep. 14-20
*October – National Pet Wellness Month + Adopt A Shelter Pet Month
*National Day of Animal Rights – Dec. 10

#EndAnimalCruelty #EndAnimalAbuse #EndDogChaining #NoChainsForDogs #ChainFreeDogs

“To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often.” ~Winston Churchill

“You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” ~Mahatma Gandhi

“Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.” ~John F. Kennedy

“The first step toward change is awareness. The second step is acceptance.” ~Nathaniel Branden

“Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can’t help them, at least don’t hurt them.”~Dalai Lama

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