Whencelebrity restaurateurs Lisa Vanderpump and husband Ken Todd were first shownharrowing videos and photos of helpless dogs being burnt, boiled and havingtheir legs hacked off – while still alive – they were so upset they couldn'tsleep for days.
Thedisturbing images, captured at the annual Yulin dog meat festival, where 10,000dogs are tortured, slaughtered and eaten each year in Guangxi, southernChina, movedthe couple to tears.
Thetorture is an integral part of the preparation of the dog meat.
Incensedby what they had seen, Lisa and Ken were compelled to act and have sincededicated their every spare moment to campaigning against what they call a'heinous and barbaric' festival.
Andtoday they launch the Vanderpump Dog Foundation, which they hope will improvethe lives of abused and mistreated dogs at home and abroad.
In an exclusive interview with Daily Mail Online, Lisa and Ken talk about thelaunch and reveal their plans to put a stop to the Yulin festival while callingon the American public to lend their support.
The couple explained that the dogs are cruelly abused during the festival asmany locals believe that eating a tortured dog will improve a man's sexualprowess.
Youhave my 101 percent support! Go for it!!
Justsigned the petition and donated.
Shegets my support 100%,