231: Victims of the Coronavirus

with Yi Ping Lai

Yi Ping Lai grew up in China and explains the connection between the over-population of homeless dogs and the dog meat trade. She tells her heartwarming story of how she grew up viewing dogs as a threat in China, and how she overcame her fear when she moved to America.

Today, Yi Ping is vegan and the founder of World of Angels Foundation; the US-based non-profit dedicated to alleviating the suffering of homeless companion animals in China by funding existing partner sanctuaries, establishing new sanctuaries, and ending the cruelty of the meat trade in China. Now, with the recent outbreak of the Coronavirus, or COVID-19, approximately 50,000 companion animals have been stranded in homes with no food or water due to travel restrictions and quarantine of their "owners". Yi is working hard to provide food and water for these animals, or place them in forever homes before it's too late.

Website: https://woafoundation.org/ 
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/woafoundation 
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/woafoundation 

References: 

https://www.newsweek.com/coronavirus-china-wuhan-pets-trapped-animal-protection-rescue-1485440 
Mark Ching (Animal Hope and Wellness): https://www.animalhopeandwellness.org/ 

After the quarantine is lifted, Yi Ping and her team will go to China to rescue as many dogs as they can, to place them into sanctuaries and safe homes. To do this, they need to raise at least another $5000. To donate to the organization and help these dogs receive homes, visit: https://woafoundation.org/donate-now 

More about the Dog Meat Trade:


10 million dogs get slaughtered each year for their meat; That’s a bigger number than the population of New York City. Even though only 20% of the Chinese people claim to eat dog meat, that’s still 280 million people.

Most of the dogs in the dog meat trade are homeless dogs wandering the streets. Others are stolen, poached, or illegally shipped from all over China to a few regions that are known for eating dog meat: Guangdong, Guangxi, and Northeast provinces. In the rural areas of China, dog meat eating is common regardless of the region.

The annual dog meat “festival” in Yulin in June is the most infamous and has come to epitomize the cruelty of the trade due to the barbaric practice of torturing the dogs prior to consumption. During the ten day summer solstice celebration, 10,000 dogs are slaughtered and consumed.

Since the exposure of the Yulin Dog Meat Festival in 2015, there has been a huge international pressure to shut down the Yulin Festival altogether. Nonprofits and NGOs from all over the world have committed extensive resources and effort to rescue, rehab, and rehome these dogs to the U.S. and other parts of the world. It seems like a good idea, but it's expensive, labor intensive, logistically difficult, and a continued hardship on the dogs themselves.

Over 27,000 dogs and 10,000 cats are slaughtered every day for their meat in China! That’s 10 million dogs and 4 million cats per year.     

Yulin maybe the flagship event for the dog meat trade in China to most people in the West, but the brutal killing and cruelty goes far beyond Yulin. In a much larger scale collectively, dogs are SILENTLY tortured and killed everyday throughout the country.    

Activities may happen in a large scale slaughterhouse, a hidden home operation, inside a restaurant, or at a meat stand in a rural neighborhood farmer’s market.

More about the team at World of Angels:

Molly Wang is a Co-Founder of WOA Foundation and longtime friend and colleague of Yi Ping Lai. Molly brings a breadth of knowledge and resources for the endeavors of crossing the borders of China after many years experience in her family’s import/export business. Now, she runs her own company. She is an adventurer, a doer, love challenges, and solving problems. Molly believes in this cause so much, she got her family involved by asking her father to act as architectural consultant to the sanctuary buildings in China.

A professional non-profit consultant and founder of her own company, Sandy Rees has been instrumental in the setup and ongoing plans for our foundation. She is our guidepost and our compass to help keep us moving in the right direction. When she’s not working, Sandy lives on a small farm in rural East Tennessee with 2 dogs, 4 cats, 2 horses and the occasional miniature donkey fosters. She also volunteers for Project Linus, making quilts for kids in need.

Ding Tan is WOA’s Chinese go to and guide. She assists with local communications, and helping sanctuaries with purchases, research, record keeping, and accounting. She’s the eyes and ears of operations in China.

Michelle May is an animal advocate powerhouse, a yogi, vegan, animal rights activist, dog mom, community organizer, and entrepreneur. She has volunteered her graphic and web design skills having worked for over a decade in tech, as a web developer and graphic designer. She also provides assistance in social media planning. Her other great love is plant based nutrition and health and wellness.

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