TV personality Bonnie-Jill Laflin has spoken out against the dog meat trade in The Humane Society of the United States’ latest All Animals Magazine.

In early September, she adopted a dog rescued from the dog meat trade in China, and she plans to rescue more dogs to pair up with veterans.

Why did you adopt a dog rescued from the Chinese dog meat trade?

There are so many cats and dogs here in shelters who need homes. But what these dogs in the meat trade go through is torture. It became something I wanted people in America to know. Jaclyn is an ambassador against the trade. When people meet her, I get to share her story.

How have Chinese fans responded to your advocacy against the dog meat trade?

About 90 percent of them ask me not to think of the whole country as condoning the practice. It’s really just a small community. The fans I hear from say how much they want to ban the dog meat trade. I grew up on a ranch. So for me, I see horses, cows, pigs and chickens the way people see their dogs and cats. People in the U.S. care so much about what’s happening to dogs in China, but the same thing happens to animals raised in factory farms. It’s just as cruel.

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