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Daily News: Man rescues 1,000 dogs from China’s controversial dog meat festival

The controversial 10-day dog meat festival in China is underway and Marc Ching isn’t going to stand by and watch.

The American activist announced Tuesday that he rescued 1,000 dogs from slaughterhouses, while providing a slew of emotional videos from his findings at the annual event which takes place in Yulin, in southern China.

Many of the the dogs are believed to have been pets that were stolen off the street.

As many as 10,000 dogs are expected to be killed during the 10-day festival, according to The Associated Press.

But Ching and Valarie Ianniello, who had traveled to Yulin before the event, freed 1,000 of them from six slaughterhouses around the country.

“A thousand breaths that would die here in the dark. A thousand lives that would bleed like blood left there upon ground,” Ching wrote on the Animal Hope & Wellness Foundation Facebook on Tuesday.

“These dogs, they are brothers. They are sisters. They are fathers and mothers. They are children. They deserve a chance.

“All life deserves chance.”

Ching, who has been beaten up, shot at, hospitalized and almost died, like, four times during his seven rescue trips to Asia, called the festival a frontal assault.

More than 10,000 dogs are expected to be killed during the 10-day festival in Yulin.

More than 10,000 dogs are expected to be killed during the 10-day festival in Yulin.

(ANDY WONG/AP)

In other trips, he’s gone undercover as a dog-meat buyer and recorded the torture at the slaughterhouses.

He’s seen dogs burned alive with blowtorches, scalded to death in boiling water and beaten with bats while they hung from their necks, he told LA Weekly.

At one of the slaughterhouses he shut down on this trip, where they kill between 20 and 60 dogs every day, Ching said he promised the owner that he would help him start a vegetarian noodle restaurant in exchange.

“There’s this moment where you come into the slaughterhouse and the dogs are screaming, and when you rescue them they know who you are,” Ching told the magazine. “And it’s the most beautiful thing ever. That moment’s actually pretty addicting.”

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