An eyewitness report exposing Mrs Yang has recently been given to us by an ex-volunteer who helped take care of the dogs at one of Mrs Yang’s shelters. She wishes to have her name withheld for now for fear of retribution. This is understandable as Mrs Yang has a well documented history of threatening people with police and along with her son threatening physical attacks with the “thick beating stick” (as Mrs Yang had called it) that she uses to keep under control her dogs, any disgruntled donors, and other questioners.
This is the report, printed exactly as we received it:
A dog with very serious disease, a dog lying in a cage, only to see the dog’s head can move it slightly, the body cannot move, she looks already dying dog. The poor dog exude a stench, the volunteer would take she out from the cage, and want to clean the body of the dog, making her feel little comfortable. Asked Yang, Yang said: “NO, you don’t have to care about this dying dog , let her die, don’t care, that’s normal…”
The volunteer didn’t listen to Yang. She tried to take the dog out from the cage, when she took the dog in her hands, felt the dog almost NO weight! Then she saw a lot little white disgusting maggots, disgusting maggots, from this poor dog’s body to climb out. She had closer to look, on the dog’s stomach has opened a hole the size of eggs, disgusting maggots out and in from the hole.
You can imagine, this poor dog in the cold cage has been lying for several days with serious illness. She was torture death by disgusting maggots. also by Yang. No food, no water, no caring, no medical treatment. She was brutally tortured, she died with very painful death. The volunteer said, what she saw Yang gave food not every day, not every other day, but many days one time. Very dirty, foul-smelling garbage from restaurant!
And, when the dogs sick, because the body is weak, there is no effort to competition for food, so do not get food, these sick dog was starved to death.
The volunteer said, in her opinion, Yang is an cold-blooded killer for the poor dogs. She only use the dogs to making money – fraud, received donations from international dog lovers. In addition, a lot of dogs from Yang’s shelter were sold to nearby restaurants and medical laboratory. Near her shelter, there are many Korean restaurants selling dog and cat meat.
The volunteer said, Yang is an 100% demon! God shall punish her! She MUST go in the hell!
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“There are two most mysterious places on earth,” one Chinese activist wrote not too long ago. “And these are North Korea and Yang Xiaoyun’s shelter in Tianjin, China.” Why is Yang Xiaoyun’s shelter considered a mysterious place next to Pyongyang? The answer is simple: Yang’s shelter is not open to the public, not even to donors who want to take a look at the dogs they have made financial and material contributions.
Who is Yang Xiaoyun?
Yang Xiaoyun, also called Yang Aiyun, is the so-called “dog rescue hero” of China or the alleged “symbol” of opposition to the Yulin Dog Meat Festival, as she was referred to by Western media.
In 2014, a photo showing Yang on her knees reportedly begging to save a dog went viral in China and globally. Unknown to most donors in the West, this photo was not really “authentic.” The young man was in fact walking his pet dog on that day. Seeing reporters around, Yang kneeled down all of a sudden in front of the young man and started to shout for the dog. Startled, perplexed, and disgusted, the young man shouted back: “I am just walking my own dog and happen to walk by here.” “And, I am no dog meat trader,” he told everybody around. Yet, the highly theatrical scene of Yang on her knees was captured in photos and videos. A “hero” was born. This photo earned Yang global name recognition and opened further the floodgate of donations to her bank account.
By October 2015, there were 50 websites in the UK alone fundraising for Yang (Please go here for the sites fund-raising for Mrs Yang: Link ).
There is nothing wrong for animal rescue groups to fundraise to help animals. Yet, whoever raises money from the public must stand by the principle of operational transparency and financial accountability to fulfill her promise to the donors. Yang herself admitted to a Beijing journalist that she has problems in managing donations over the years, an admission that was interpreted by critics as a way to deflate the rising suspicion that donations received by Yang had been diverted to purposes other than the dogs.
Never once has Yang revealed to the public how much she has raised over the years. She has however repeatedly claimed that her “rescue” was solely sustained by her own money made from selling two apartments. It is important that worldwide donors stand out to say “Wait a minute. Didn’t I wire $100 or $500 to you, Ms. Yang?” Yang’s never giving credits to donors is not surprising. Claiming she sold her own properties to rescue dogs does help tear apart the hearts of those who come across her “story” for the first time.
I was a donor to Yang. In June 2015, I sent a check of $10,000 to her. Like many others, I was at that time touched by her words, her poems, and the story lines she has repeated for years to most donors. Yet, never has she disclosed my donation in any way. Four of my friends donated to her since 2009 over 150,000 yuan (close to $150,000 in purchasing power in China). She has never acknowledged the help. Instead, she continues to claim to this day that she is spending money from her property sales. Refusal to be transparent is not the worst case scenario. A shelter that has long been maintained like Hitler’s concentration camp, in the words of a friend who visited her shelter twice in the past, is the worst nightmare of compassionate people around the world.
According to “Mr. X” who volunteered not too long ago at Yang’s shelter, donations Yang received have been diverted to purposes other than helping the dogs. She hires no workers. A Beijing actress who wired her biannually money specifically for hiring workers was never used for this purpose. The result is a shelter filled with garbage and dog waste, an absolutely filthy environment that a true animal lover would never tolerate. And this filthy environment partly explains the massive and oppressive skin problems on the dogs in her shelter. It also explains why Yang’s shelter has been constantly driven to different places over the years. The smell of her shelter has turned her erstwhile sympathetic neighbors against her.
Yang refuses to spend money on vets. “I am the best vet,” she was heard saying so to reject suggestions that a vet is necessary to care for the dogs. Some 85% of her dogs had skin problems of various degrees according to a report released by the four activists who paid a visit to Yang’s shelter in September. And, there was no vet supply room in that shelter they visited. A Tianjin activist who has known Yang for many years confirmed Yang’s refusal to seek vet help when new dogs arrived, a time that vet service is critical to evaluate the conditions of the newcomers. The result is mass dog death. “I can pinpoint the locations inside her shelter where dogs were buried amass,” said Mr. X.
Dog are constantly hungry. “She does not feed the dogs on a daily basis,” the volunteer said. “Once she was leaving for a conference and wouldn’t return for five days, she dumped four sacks of chicken skeletons on the ground and filled four basins with water before locking up the shelter,” Mr. X confirmed a practice that has been suspected by local activists for a long time. “When she returned, the dogs were on the verge of revolt out of hunger,” he sighed with anger. In July, one other erstwhile volunteer jumped into Yang’s shelter and recorded in video hungry dogs dying on the ground next to a headless dog covered with maggots. “The dogs had not been fed for days,” he pointed out.
“Is Yang really lack of money for dog food?” as many supporters have believed? “She asked us volunteers to send dog food requests to donors instead of spending money she receives from donors on food,” Mr. X revealed. Fearing that Mr. X may reveal her secrets to the public, Yang slapped a stack of cash for him to shut up. Obviously, Yang would rather spend money to “shut up” others than to feed the dogs.
In January 2014, Yang travelled overseas to Singapore to attend the Asia for Animals Symposium on her “own” money. She arrived at the event on the last day leaving her dogs locked in the shelter hungry. Travelling to Singapore is not cheap. Who was paying for her trip? Donors, without knowing that their money was used to subsidize Yang’s Singaporean trip that turned into a personal leisure tour for Yang having nothing to do with help to the dogs. Apparently, while she had no problems paying for sightseeing in Singapore, how can she have money difficulty feeding the dogs?
Whether Yang is a “hero” or a hoarder or an abuser is no subject of rocket science. Yang may vehemently defend her claim that her shelter is a “paradise,” a term she used to describe her shelter. But, her shelter conditions and the dogs’ physical and mental conditions won’t lie. “What we saw are dogs having coats that show signs of malnutrition, dogs with emaciated looks, and shocking skin problems and signs of other illnesses,” said Mr. Chen of Chongqing Small Animal Protection Association, who was a member of the team that visited Yang’s shelter. “One dog has an external injury so serious that it was followed by several other dogs,” he added. Mr. X once saw a dog in Yang’s shelter lying on its stomach for days and with an offensive smell. “When I lifted him out of the cage, I saw under its belly a huge wound filled with maggots swimming in blood and pus,” he revealed. “Yang paid no attention to this poor dog and let him die slowly,” he said.
There are no perfect shelters in the world. Chinese shelters all have problems of various kinds. Yet, most Chinese shelters are striving to improve conditions. The Home of Love in Chengdu has about 4000 dogs and cats. The shelter is open to the public. It implements vaccination, sterilization and rehoming programs, things never done by Yang. The Home of Love is also an education facility for school children to learn compassion and love for our animal friends. Ping An A Fu in Nanjing also has thousands of dogs that are cared for by hired workers and volunteers. These two shelters both spend large amounts of the donations on workers, vet bills, shelter maintenance, dog and cat food, and other necessary items. “I cannot believe she could starve her dogs like this,” commented Ms. Chen, founder of Home of Love. Ms. Chen also joined the fact-finding team in September.
Yang’s shelter has long been off-limits to the public, thus earning the “honor” to be the second most mysterious place on earth next to North Korea. In 2014, a Guangdong activist who arrived in Tianjin to visit Yang’s shelter was refused admission. Yang’s explanation was that the road to the shelter was flooded. A Canadian charity never got a response from Yang when the charity intended to send somebody to visit her shelter for adoption purposes. When journalists and others visit Yang’s shelter, only certain areas were accessible. Yang claims that hers is a private shelter and she has the right to deny access to strangers. “I agree that the public has no right to ask for a visit only if Yang has never received donations from the public,” commented Yue Yue, a Beijing activist.
Mrs pYang has a lot to explain to the donors and the public in general. She is known around the world as a “retired teacher.” It is revealed recently that she retired from a factory producing auto parts or the like. Yes, teachers are a respected profession in China. Yet, a blue-collar worker can also help animals. She does not need to “cook” her professional history.
Until very recently, Yang had claimed publicly that she had 4200 dogs, 3800 dogs, and 3500 dogs on different occasions. No visitors have ever seen that many dogs in her shelter. “She has no more than 300 dogs at any time,” said Mr. X who once was trusted by Yang. Inflating dog numbers has been a fundraising tool used alongside with sick dogs on her lap in an effort to attract more donations from the compassionate public.
She claimed on Tianjin TV that her sacrifice for animals was rooted in her belief in vegetarianism and that she was a vegetarian herself. The truth is that Yang is a great lover of seafood. “I had dinner with her at least twice in the past and she ordered meat,” said an activist who was with her to at least two conferences. And finally, until very recently, the true identity of a “loyal volunteer” had been hidden from the public. And this is her daughter-in-law known for years as “a volunteer” who helps Yang contact with donors overseas and handle donations for her.
Abusing the compassionate people around the world for donation that never benefits the dogs is unacceptable and potentially criminal in nature. I appeal to Yang’s supporters to send a team of donor representatives, animal welfare experts, veterinarians, accounting specialists, and shelter management experts to visit Yang’s shelter to do an independent evaluation. To get a balanced perspective, this team can also consider visiting a few other Chinese shelters to have a signpost of comparison or reference to see if Yang’s shelter meets the minimum welfare standards of average Chinese shelters. We will all know if Yang is a “hero,” “a symbol,” “a dog lover,” and if her shelter is a “paradise” as she herself claimed on Shanghai TV.
No compassionate people should be misled by false claims. No public resources should go to a hoarding situation that is harming the animals. No donation should go to a shelter that is closed to the donors, run without hired workers and vet service, and one that is not accountable even to the donors. No reporters or critics who question Yang are harassed and threatened. Mrs Yang threatened the New York Times Chinese language website journalist that she would hunt him down and that she would rather poison all her dogs than to surrender her dogs to other shelters).
As a disadvantaged class member in a country that favors the rich and the powerful, Yang is a great actor and has amazing survival skills. Dogs are used as a tool to achieve her goal of “getting rich.” For this purpose, she recites poems, exaggerates her sacrifice, inflates the number of animals in her shelter, threatens critics, deceives and abuses donors worldwide, displays sensational body languages when cameras are rolling around, and brings controversy wherever she appears.
“How can she survive this long as a nuisance and a boarder?” is the question many have asked. “Well, I guess many people choose to ignore her not because she is doing anything right but because she is nasty,” commented Beng. “Didn’t she once fall to the ground and play dead?” Beng added. Playing nasty has helped her get what she would otherwise be denied in a society whose resources are increasingly tilting towards the rich, the successful and the powerful.
There are reputable shelters in China that are open and transparent to the public. These shelters strive to provide the best care to the animals rescued from abuse or the dog meat trade. These shelter managers are low key, have nothing to hide. They have no time writing or reciting poems but devote their time and efforts to the dogs. They seldom mention their sacrifice though they invest time and income on the animals. They acknowledge their donors and are thankful for their support. Most importantly, these shelters vaccinate, sterilize, and try hard to find loving homes for their dogs.
Let’s be compassionate with vigilance. Let’s ask for accountability and transparency. Just as North Korea is no paradise for its own people, Yang Xiaoyun’s shelter is no safe haven for the dogs.
Donors around the world, you have the right to go and visit Yang’s shelters to see for yourselves, her ‘show’ shelter and the others. If you do take this risk, please do visit other Chinese shelters as well to see what a decent and reputable shelter should be.
“We are aware of several false statements made by Mrs. Yang about HSI’s China Policy Specialist, Dr. Peter Li. Without exception, her allegations are without any foundation.
Dr. Li is a well-respected and prominent voice within China’s animal welfare movement, and as such, is called upon by many people and organizations for advice on what is happening within China on animal welfare.
Serious animal welfare concerns have been expressed by animal groups in China about Mrs. Yang’s dog shelter. One way for her to deflect those concerns is to make inflammatory claims in cyberspace about other individuals and organizations.
HSI is member of the Asia Canine Protection Alliance, a leading coalition campaigning to end the cruel dog meat trade. We are also proud to partner with a great many animal shelters in China that are striving to meet our Ten Standards of Animal Welfare (below).
We and others have attempted to determine if Mrs Yang’s shelter meets these standards but have been unable to do so because of a regrettable lack of transparency.”
Ten Standards of Animal Welfare for Shelters
- Adequate and proper food and clean water available for all animals on a daily basis;
- Provision of adequate shelter for all animals in a secure, warm and dry environment, with protocols in place to avoid overcrowding and fighting;
- Quarantine facilities for all incoming animals to avoid spreading disease;
- Provision of regular veterinary care including emergency veterinary aid;
- Hygiene protocols to maintain a clean environment;
- Vaccination and sterilization of animals for disease and birth control;
- Maintenance of a regular, trained workforce with appropriate skills to take care of the animals;
- A rehoming programme in which animals are individually assessed for adoption, and actively promoted for rehoming;
- Transparency and accountability of shelter management: shelters should be open to view by potential adopting families, volunteers, donors and visitors to see for themselves the welfare conditions of the rescued animals and the quality of shelter management.
- Transparency and accountability of fundraising procedures: donations received must be accounted for with an annual report to disclose the funds received and expended. Shelters receiving public donations are obliged to be transparent to the donating public about the number of animals in their care, how donations are to be used, and what outcomes/improvements have resulted from donor support. Shelter owners should be able and willing to provide feedback to the donor community on request.
Peter J. Li, Ph.D.
China Policy Specialist
Humane Society International
That Mrs Yang sells to laboratories is not news for us as we have known for a while but the situation has been such it would have been difficult to tell people. Now an article has been published so we are free to speak out.
The above link – like others with posts exposing Mrs Yang – has been taken down or otherwise interfered with. Since at least 2009, Mrs Yang has had a sophisticated internet presence with professionally written articles on specifically constructed websites, fake news sites, along with genuine websites such as “Bored Panda”. There have been dozens of professionally made videos on Youtube, one since 2009.
With a very strong presence on social media, especially Instagram, it is clear that there is a large team of people working night and day on the internet and elsewhere to promote and protect Mrs Yang. This is not surprising to us, as we know something of the massive amounts of money that have been sent to Mrs Yang from all over the world including from within China where it is now widely known that she is in fact a cyberscammer.
These stills were taken from the television news report video recording of Mrs Yang Xiaoyun below. They have not been altered in any way, shape or form.
This picture is displayed in more detail here:
This commentary appears somewhat neutral as people are naturally concerned about retaliation which is not unusual in China.
This video clearly shows the terrible situation of the dogs at Mrs Yang’s shelters. Many of the obviously thin and hungry dogs suffer from skin diseases. Clearly Mrs Yang is an animal abuser. Money ought never to be donated to so-called ‘rescuers’ who clearly do not know how to look after animals.
Mrs Yang’s daughter-in-law Feng, who takes care of Mrs Yang’s finances, wears expensive famous brand casual sportswear which is very expensive in China.
Also clearly shown is this video is something that has been reported by various people visiting Mrs Yang’s shelters who have said they were threatened by Mrs Yang or her relatives with sticks or iron bars. This was something mentioned by the Chinese officials in their investigatory report where they said:
“We arrived at the shelter in the morning of September 17th. With Yang’s consent, we walked into the shelter. However, we were met by a 30-year old and physically strong man who was holding an steel rod in one hand and taking pictures of us on the other hand. He shouted that no picture taking was allowed. We later learned from Yang that this was her son. We also met with Yang’s daughter-in-law who was with us for the rest of the day. Yang’s son made it clear to us that no photos and videos were allowed in the shelter as soon as we entered the shelter. To avoid conflict, we did not take photos or shoot videos.”
Reports have also been received of visitors to Mrs Yang’s shelters being threatened with police. One donor who had previously given Mrs Yang £10,000 visited her shelter and was subsequently arrested and taken to the police station.
The lady being attacked in this video is a donor and ex-supporter of Mrs Yang, a Ms Duan, director of the Puti Life-Caring Park. She was shocked but not seriously hurt.
We await with trepidation reports of further visits by donors and would urge caution for anyone wishing to ‘see for themselves’ what the true situation is at Mrs Yang’s shelters.
UPDATED INFORMATION ON THIS VIDEO
During June this year at Yulin, the team of Ms Duan (The Puti Life-Caring Park) gave Mrs Yang about 19,000 RMB which is about $3,000 apparently to transport dogs from Yulin.
One screenshot is the report from the Puti Life-caring Park exposing Mrs Yang. The second screenshot is the receipt with Mrs Yang’s signature confirming she received the money from Ms Duan.
The following two screenshots show a document dated 1st December where Tianjing local police explain why Ms Duan had to come to the police station from Mrs Yang’s shelter. They saw Ms Duan and Mrs Yang were fighting, and Mrs Yang had called the police (as she is known to do frequently) and asked the police to arrest Ms Duan. The police said they had already gone to site of the event and they had seen everything.
Mrs Yang’s son and daughter live in an expensive apartment, drive luxury cars, wear expensive designer clothes, and use expensive iphones. Mrs Yang’s grandson goes to an expensive nursery school. Their way of life generally is a wealthy and privileged Chinese lifestyle. They are having a large and expensive villa built for them.
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June 2015 shows a different shelter from the ‘show shelter shown in mankind film’ goo.gl/yK78Nj