This courageous man has faced several near death experiences after he began dedicating his life to saving dogs from the Asian dog meat trade.
Marc Ching, founder of Animal Hope and Wellness, is raising awareness of the brutal practice of torturing and slaughtering dogs in Asia. He wants to dispel the myth that torturing dogs yields better meat and boosted health benefits.
Ching has taken six trips to Asia including Korea, Thailand, China and Cambodia.
His strategy to save the lives of these canines is to go undercover and convince the slaughterhouse bosses to give him the dogs for free. He does so by hiring a team of locals to help him do research to find the slaughterhouses.
Ching then meets the bosses under the guise of a wealthy American businessman and potential business partner who is trying to introduce dog meat to the United States. When he gains their trust, Ching requests live dogs in order to “sample the meat.” The website describes the sadistic methods of inducing fear into these creatures.
“They are tortured, dismembered, burned alive, electrocuted, crucified and nail gunned into walls, where they are tortured and kept alive to endure intolerable pain for sometimes up to 40 hours.
“Many of the toy breeds are boiled alive and then made into herbal supplements.”
Ching has witnessed various torture techniques including hangings, burning, boiling and strangling. His Asian campaign has resulted in the rescue of hundreds of animals’ lives.
“Our foundation’s mission is to shine on this very dark and barbaric practice. To expose the torture to the world in order to enact change and force the government to create laws to protect these precious animals from unfounded and cruel tradition.”
During one of his trips to Asia, Ching was hospitalized after being beaten up by workers at the slaughterhouse. He recalled watching the men dismembering a dog and then reacting instinctively by kicking one of the men in the face.
Ching wrote on the site:
“In my four trips to Asia, I have almost died three times. I have been beaten. Robbed. Shot at. Held at machete blade. But the worst of it all, is that literally I died inside. At times when I sit alone at night, I find the lives I could not save, and feel them bleed through my skin. It’s in these moments I become desperate, feeling what I do and who I am – that it is never enough.”
Ching, a holistic nutritionist for animals, is encouraging others to join the fight against brutality of dogs in the Asian meat trade. He founded his foundation in 2011 in order to rehabilitate abused and neglected dogs and to find them homes.