“Give this women a medal, she is not afraid to stand up for what she believes in & has actually saved animals lives across China“
Qin Xiaona, 66, has earned a reputation in China over recent years as an animal rights crusader in a country where animal cruelty is rampant. It’s a mission that has courted as much support as it has controversy, with stunts including blocking highways to save dogs crammed in trucks bound for hot pot restaurants, campaigning to scrap rodeos and even condemning televised magician stunts involving goldfish being lauded and lambasted alike.
Qin is the director of Capital Animal Welfare Association (CAWA), an NGO she founded in 2000. The association only has three staff members, but its push to lobby lawmakers for tougher punishments for animal abusers and raise public awareness about the plight of strays is unrelenting.
Sitting cross-legged on a sofa during our interview…
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