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LOS ANGELES — Reality television star Lisa Vanderpump, has publicly vowed to put an end to the slaughter of 10,000 dogs at the Yulin dog meat festival. The festival takes place annually, and sees the torture, slaughter and consumption of dogs in Guangxi, China. Lisa and her husband, Ken Todd were first inspired to take action, when they saw images from a previous year of the event and were moved to tears. Since seeing the images, the couple has dedicated themselves to campaigning against the festival, and even organized a protest last October.
Now the couple hopes to educate the public, even further, on the atrocities that take place at the festival and get more people involved. Lisa revealed that thousands of dogs get tortured during Yulin prior to being killed, as the people believe an increased adrenaline will make the dogs meat more tender. A myth also states that tender meat increases a man’s strength, energy and sex drive. Therefore, the slaughtering of the dogs, has become an integral part of the festival.
Just yesterday, Lisa and Ken officially launched the Vanderpump Dog foundation, which will aim to aid and rescue abused animals in need- locally and globally. Owning eight dogs themselves, the couple hopes to make a difference in as many lives as they can. Lisa and Ken hope that their efforts will put an end to the festival entirely.