When Bravo reality TV star Lisa Vanderpump isn't adopting rescue dogs, she's campaigning for their rights - most recently, dogs in danger of being killed for their meat at the Yulin dog meat festival in southwest China.
The annual festival, which was founded in 2010 by dog meat traders looking to boost sales, marks the start of the summer solstice for the town of Yulin. Held each June, a major component of the celebration includes the mass consumption of dog meat. These days, only a very small population in China eat dog meat, despite there being a history of its consumption.
"Last year I saw some horrific images on Twitter," Vanderpump told The Dodo. "I knew I couldn't rest without doing something constructive to stop this, to end these horrendous acts. I have an understanding that different cultures eat different animals ... however, this 'festival,' as they call it, is largely about torturing dogs ... many believe that the torture stimulates the adrenaline that makes the meat more tender."