Marc Ching Betrayed over a 1000 dogs and lied to celebrities because of greed

Marc Ching, owner of Animal Hope and Wellness foundation, “a charitable organization” [more like an uncharitable organization] based in California. Their number is (818) 317-5863, his cell is 916 996-6610.

The Fluffball 2015

The majority of this page is taken from source George knowles/dailymail.co.uk: link to original article https://goo.gl/YQ6pqQ
When Hollywood stars including Matt Damon, Joaquin Phoenix and Minnie Driver filmed an emotional appeal to stop China’s brutal dog meat trade, horrified animal lovers from Britain and around the world rallied to the cause.
Volunteers from the UK and the US flew out to help charismatic animal crusader Marc Ching – who orchestrated the celebrity appeal – stage a daring bid to shut down slaughterhouses and rescue 1,000 dogs from the dinner table.

The animal lovers promised to find homes for the dogs in the West.

But a Mail on Sunday investigation has found that – unknown to his Hollywood backers and donors – Ching’s high-profile operation deteriorated into farce, and ended with hundreds of dogs suffering slow and excruciatingly painful deaths within days of being rescued.

We found that:

  • Many of the dogs died after being locked in cages and denied basic treatment and injections that might have saved them;
  • Volunteers were left behind desperately trying to save the dogs’ lives, while Ching flew back to the US after the rescue suffering from depression;
  • Up to two-thirds of the dogs are now believed to be dead, with the British head of an animal charity involved in dealing with the pitiful aftermath saying: ‘Those poor dogs just went from one hell to another’;
  • Questions have been raised over shock videos used in the celebrity fundraising appeal of dogs being tortured, burned and boiled alive;
  • Only a few dozen of the 1,000 dogs made it to new homes overseas, and two international charities, including British-run Soi Dog, are paying for the majority of the dogs still alive to be taken out of China.
  • Ching, who runs an LA pet nutrition business and restaurant for pets – and whose customers include Matt Damon – began travelling to Asia to rescue dogs from slaughterhouses in September last year.

1. Celebrity Appeal: Matt Damon (left) and Minnie Driver (right) appear on Ching’s website, which shows dogs being tortured, to highlight his crusade against the dog meat trade

He achieved cult-like status among US animal lovers after claiming to have been shot at, beaten by thugs and to have had the barrel of a machine-gun put in his mouth in a series of dog rescues in countries including China, South Korea, Cambodia, Vietnam and Indonesia.

After nine months of solo missions in which he claimed to have almost been killed a number of times, and to have rescued 300 dogs, he was ready for something more ambitious. He released his celebrity appeal days before the infamous dog festival at Yulin in southern China in June. During that event, thousands of dogs, many transported in packed cages from big cities, are killed and then eaten.

The volunteers responded to Ching’s Facebook appeal for help in what he told them would be a ‘historic’ mission to shut down slaughterhouses by paying owners and then rescuing 1,000 dogs from certain death.

In the shambolic rescue that followed, Ching’s volunteers took 300 dogs to a shelter in the city of Nanning, 130 miles from Yulin, set up by his charity the Animal Hope and Wellness Foundation. A further 700 went to Buddhist sanctuaries after Ching struck a deal with monks to buy the dogs between them.

Within days, dogs with disease and distemper began dying en masse in their cages at one of the Buddhist sanctuaries where – unknown to Ching – religious beliefs dictate that animals are denied any treatment and instead nature is allowed to take its course.

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The aim was to shut down slaughterhouses and rescue 1,000 dogs from the dinner table

The chaos worsened after Ching flew back to the US and then cut off funding to the Nanning shelter after a spectacular falling out with businessman Jeffrey Beri, the man leading his volunteer team in China.

Incredibly, Ching admits hiring men described by others as local thugs to break into the Nanning shelter at night and snatch more than 100 dogs – some already lined up with adoptive homes overseas – to take to a shelter run by his supporters 500 miles away in Changsha.

Ching accused Beri of misusing funds and sexually harassing staff. Beri, who denies the allegations, says he has since spent £50,000 of his own money to stay in China to care for the surviving dogs and find them homes overseas.

Beri said: ‘The only reason I am here is to save as many of the remaining dogs that I can. When this is over, I would like a complete audit of what has been donated to and spent by [Ching’s] charity.’

The Soi Dog Foundation, run by Briton John Dalley, is paying for 70 dogs in Nanning to be sent to foster homes overseas at a cost of around £1,500 per dog. The Humane Society International has meanwhile taken in 120 dogs and is funding their export to new homes overseas. Another 90 remain in Changsha with Ching’s charity.2. The harrowing rescue mission: A cage is packed with dogs being prepared for the slaughterhouse at the Yulin Dog Festival. Ching recruited UK volunteers to save them, saying some would be re-homed in the West 2. The harrowing rescue mission: A cage is packed with dogs being prepared for the slaughterhouse at the Yulin Dog Festival. Ching recruited UK volunteers to save them, saying some would be re-homed in the West

A female volunteer from the US, who gave her name only as Sarah because of abuse and threats she says she has received from some of Ching’s supporters, said the June rescue went disastrously wrong from the outset.

‘We thought the rescued dogs were all going to a safe house in Nanning,’ she said. ‘Instead, 700 of them ended up at Buddhist sanctuaries and most died because they didn’t get the care they needed.

‘If they had been left in the slaughterhouses to be hit on the head and killed, it would have been better than the suffering they went through.’

Sarah said she and other volunteers were also ordered to leave 100 rescued dogs in their cages in Nanning from 7am until 4pm in sweltering conditions so that Ching could be photographed with the animals.

Ching ordered Sarah and other volunteers to leave on June 23 but she refused and decided to stay on to care for the desperately ill dogs.

She believes between up to 700 of the 1,000 dogs originally rescued are now dead. Beri estimates around two-thirds died.
Sarah said: ‘Marc wanted everyone out so the dogs could disappear and die. He said most of the dogs were so sick they would die.

‘But I can tell you that of the dogs given care, 90 per cent will survive. For those not given care, 90 per cent will die.

‘Marc has raised awareness of the dog meat industry but at a great cost to dogs themselves.

‘I was led to believe we were going to rescue the dogs, give them proper medical care and place them in homes. I didn’t know we were going there to pull them out of the slaughterhouse then just dump them.’

Concerns over Ching’s tactics surfaced three months before the Yulin rescue when he visited the Soi Dog Foundation in Phuket, Thailand, and took a dog with severed paws for adoption in the US. He later claimed on his website he had rescued the animal from the dog meat trade.

3. The desperate aftermath: Dying dogs at a Buddhist sanctuary where Ching's foundation placed 700 animals. Ching did not know that the Buddhists would not help sick animals, and many of the dogs ended their days in agony

3. The desperate aftermath: Dying dogs at a Buddhist sanctuary where Ching’s foundation placed 700 animals. Ching did not know that the Buddhists would not help sick animals, and many of the dogs ended their days in agony
‘I told him repeatedly those dogs were not from the dog meat trade but from road accidents and cruelty cases in Phuket,’ said Dalley.

Ching blames the error on a mistake by his assistant.

Dalley suggests Ching failed to intervene when he filmed shocking scenes of cruelty used in the celebrity appeal to raise funds. His videos show dogs being hung by the neck, dogs with their paws hacked off, and a dog being strung up by the neck in a public park in Indonesia and yelping as it is blow-torched.

Dalley said: ‘In one in Indonesia you can see at the beginning a guy puts his thumbs up to him [Ching] as if to say, “Are you ready?” At the end the guy is turning around as if to say, “Was that OK?”

‘I don’t understand how anyone who professes to be in animal welfare can film that sort of thing without intervening. He could have saved those dogs.’

In a telephone interview from California, Ching admitted making mistakes with his Yulin rescue but insisted that he did not regret it. ‘All of those dogs were supposed to die,’ he said.

He admitted he ‘didn’t know the philosophy of the Buddhist monks’ and hadn’t realised the dogs sent to them would be left to die.

He estimated about a third of the dogs died and claimed that some had been distributed to local animal welfare groups to be adopted within China, explaining the disparity between his estimate on survivor numbers and those of his volunteers.

Ching insisted the celebrity appeal did not raise much money.

However, a video of him in a slaughterhouse in Yulin that was released days later raised hundreds of thousands of pounds, according to his assistant.

He said the videos on his website were filmed while he was posing as a meat trader to get into slaughterhouses and was unable to rescue dogs without blowing his cover.

Peter Li, China policy specialist of the Humane Society International, said: ‘We don’t believe buying dogs is the right approach, especially buying dogs at the festival and in great numbers. It encourages the trade. I hope what happened at Yulin this year will not happen again.’

34 thoughts on “Marc Ching Betrayed over a 1000 dogs and lied to celebrities because of greed

  1. Throw Them all in a little cage like these poor souls, they have all the money in the world to stop this, but AS they say anything for money!!!!!!! Millions more of souls Will suffer and die before this living horror show Will end. Please just go vegan, so horrors like this a millions of slaughterhouses worldwide Will end!! Horrible horrible cruelty at its max. Karma Will get all people That are Cruel to animals eventually, it’s just a matter of time.

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  2. Marc Ching has pretty much lied about everything.He carefully planned his ‘ self- creation’ as an animal hero started in September 2015 after touring events run by genuine organisations.First off he went ‘alone’ to Beijing refusing offers of help and miraculously stepped out of his 5 star Marriott hotel to find someone he claimed who would lead him into the depths of depravity.He even claimed to find an orphan on the street who took him to an orphanage that would house the dogs he planned to rescue.All this was funded by his first GO Fund me $22,000. Next stop a mini tour of Asia completely unplanned where guides just sprang forth to take him to torture spots.Most times he lost his footage or the dogs were all killed but he did manage a trip to a market in Beijing as activists can confirm where he ordered pedigree dogs.He struck bargains with transporters and paid them to keep quiet on what was happening.After Yulin, desperate calls came in on we chat from volunteers begging for help,No one knew what to do with Marc’s dogs, though they had been promised ‘ his people’ would fly back for the healthy ones,They scrabbled for funds and even food for the dogs.Meanwhile,.Facebook was flooded with scores of hysterical woman asking if other groups could find $20,000 + so 20 dogs could come home.These were the same devotees who before Yulin frantically asked that equipment be sent to Yulin ahead of Marc Ching so he could broadcast in English his American celebrities weeping and wailing to the uneducated Chinese crowds gorging on dog meat and drunk on Lychee wine. Then there was the Secret Service from London due to ‘guard’ this self confessed former drug user and petty criminal.You just could not make this up.But the facts remain Marc Ching has shown no proof of the $100,000 he claims to have sent to China and lost ! He has however proudly published on social media some happy party snaps dated 17 July 2016 in Hollywood whilst dogs he ‘rescued ‘were dying of distemper He was not tucking into a big fat steak that time but normally that is what this ‘vegan’ eats. Interesting also this man from Hawaii has not raised a finger to end the consumption of dogs there but proudly strutted his stuff in the Whitehouse on the Asian Trade.So how did this self created monster gain such traction? gullible people
    ( mostly woman) who needed a hero who they could cry and identify with.Well I am crying for the dogs something his supporters seem to have totally forgotten. ( All facts in this post can be verified).

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  3. This is all from a one sided post from a reporter named Martyn Stewart FB acct..Is this all this site is?? someone who roams FB to get juicy gossip? I am disappointed;and am unsubbing right now.SHAME! Untrue and may Marty remember;karma is A Bitch.What is Marty doing to help these dogs?

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    • There have been rumblings within the network of animal advocates for some time now Beverly ~ too many things not adding up. Too many flags raised by the advocates who devote their energy to this issue, many who have spent years doing what is a gruesome job. You know the expression ” Where there’s smoke there’s fire” which I firmly believe is the case hear.

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  4. We must also remember that this was friendly fire. To rescue them and then abandon them was so very cruel their rescue must have raised the dogs’ hopes and some may have felt so happy at first and then confused and then betrayed.. This must not be allowed to happen again.

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    • Thank you Rose for looking at the whole picture. As an animal advocate I know there are often grey areas but one should not promise diamonds if only capable of giving pebbles.

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  5. No one commenting here knows the real
    Facts of what happened. All of you should go read all the posts on Marc Chings Foundation page starting in October 2015. Then you will know the facts of what happened. Yes Marc made mistakes and he admitted that. He is just one person. Would you choose to save the dogs , as many as you could when faced with that challenge or would you say “no I’ll let them
    Be slaughtered”. He went to Yulin thinking he’d rescue maybe 200 dogs at most but then that chAnged and he was faced with rescuing 1000 dogs from
    Being beat and tirtured or to try to save them from that fate. Realize too many of these dogs are already injured and I’ll with distemper and rabies and are suffering from
    Severe injuries during transport to the slaughterhouse/butchers

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  6. Marc Ching’s Response To The False & Grossly Misleading Story By George Knowles of The Daily Mail” http://www.animalhopeandwellness.org/

    Suki Su, AHWF Volunteer and Ambassador Responds: I am Suki, a voluteer of AHWF and a witness of this Yulin rescue.Have read the false article from the newspaper, I am speechless of how many lies Jeffery beri and Deborah Hall ( She called herself Sarah in mail daily article) have told. I could not believe a newspaper could publish such a false story about a true rescue. https://www.facebook.com/animalhopeandwellness/posts/723936367772272

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  7. I do not believe one fucking word you have said about Marc Ching. You “”Mail” or should we say the Daily Mail put all of this bull shit about Marc Ching. It is coming from people who wanted all of the glory to fall on them. I have been following Marc Ching for over 1 year now. All of the posts and videos from him. I am also in touch with people who are close to Marc and his wife. He did the best that he could. Can you or anyone else do what he did. He went over with one thing in mind and that was to bring a focus on the dog meat trade a focus for all of us around the world to try and get it stopped but when he saw the horrors the dogs and cats were going through his heart could not make him turn around and do absolutely nothing so he jumped in head, feet and all and tried to help rescue some of these animals. He had some good help and some help that turned bad. ( Jeffrey) wanted all the glory for themselves. So just think could you do the same thing. go to these countries that have no compassion what so ever all it is is for money and what they think a dog that is tortured for hours and burned, boiled, skinned and have their paws cut off all awhile they were alive, all this because they believe they would get good luck or good health after they ate the tortured dogs and cats. So please do not believe every thing you read before you do your own research.

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    • This blog is run by someone who does research, then researches those findings. While you obviously have loyalty to Mr Ching which you are entitled to have, the blogger had done more than due diligence and I choose to support them. I applaud you for your passion however.

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    • Did anyone ever tell you that one can make their argument more effective if they leave gutter language out? I personally will not engage in a meaningful discourse with anyone shouting obscenities.

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    • It’s irrelevant whether individual people believe it or not. It is either true about him or it isn’t. The pictorial evidence ironically provided by him on the Facebook pages of his family and friends shows that within two or three weeks of abandoning the dogs he was serial partying in LA. He was supposed to be suffering from depression or PTSD but he looked as happy as Larry and with all the money in his bank account that should not be surprising. He is probably now set up for life. Nice work if you can get it, and if you hare heartless enough to do it. He belongs on this site every bit as much as anyone does.

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      • “He was supposed to be suffering from depression or PTSD but he looked as happy as Larry and with all the money in his bank account that should not be surprising. ”

        I suggest you do research before spewing uneducated and ignorant foolishness.

        Depression and PTSD do not forbid the feeling of happiness. People with PTSD and Depression are capable of smiling and feeling happiness. PTSD and Depression do not persist 24/ nor do they erase all positive emotions.

        It’s cute that you tried to be a little detective using facebook pictures as evidence for something you genuinely don’t even remotely understand. Never again use the words “PTSD and Depression” because your gross lack of understanding them is insulting. Educate yourself so that next time you spare yourself the scolding.

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      • Actually Jonathan Storm I have had PTSD myself for a number of years and do actually know a great deal about it. When I said “PTSD and depression” I was repeating what Marc Ching himself said. I don’t actually even believe he had PTSD or depression. Clearly anyway he went to China to save 1,000 dogs, and solicited funds to do so but ran off – for whatever reason – after two or three days leaving hundreds of dogs to die and other people to help save as many as they could with their own funds. Marc Ching went home to party in LA. I’m sorry. That is not excusable, and I actually really don’t care what he claims to have been suffering from.

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    • Whether someone has been following Marc Ching for a year – or ten years – or what their personal opinion is of him – really has nothing to do with whether he is a fraud or not.

      The evidence points to him being a fraud and right thinking people would choose to believe the witness statements of those who were involved, who really cared about the dogs and weren’t just using them as a means to an end. Even Marc Ching’s own admissions in response to Angela Carpenter were enough to indict himself!

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  8. I read the mail article some weeks ago and Marc Chings response, I don’t want to lose faith in a person who promised so much but unfortunately as pointed out there is seldom any smoke without fire. He admits mistakes were made, but what we have two recognise is that he has brought this terrible trade to the notice of millions. Also, while on the subject of posturing turn your memory to Jon Sessa, what exactly did he and Ms vanderpump achieve ?

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  9. So first of all, your main source is a proven slanderous article filled with bullshit from Daily mail. It was posted many times but I’ll post this again. Here is a volunteer shedding truth on this load of false trash.

    Second, this quote right here really pisses me off.

    – ‘We thought the rescued dogs were all going to a safe house in Nanning,’ she said. ‘Instead, 700 of them ended up at Buddhist sanctuaries and most died because they didn’t get the care they needed.

    – ‘If they had been left in the slaughterhouses to be hit on the head and killed, it would have been better than the suffering they went through.’

    The dolt who offered these quotes is completely filled with blissful ignorance. If those dogs had been left in the slaughterhouses their fates most certainly would not be a simple hit on the head. There is a false belief in those countries that the more the dog suffers before death, the better the meat tastes and the healthier it is. Those dogs would have been hanged, beaten for 30 minutes while hanging, a leg chopped off, layed on a table, blowtorched alive, skinned alive, boiled alive, hanged again, beaten again, boiled alive AGAIN, and then eventually killed. This is all proven and documented by Ching and is what ACTUALLY HAPPENS. So no, it’s not a simple hit on the head like this foolish ignorant idealist providing the quote believes. Those dogs that died of their ailments at the Buddhist sanctuaries at least got to die in relative peace. It was a death no doubt infinitely better than the incomprehensible nightmare the slaughterhouses provide.

    Third, the latter portion of this clearly panders to those who are completely uneducated to the matter and function purely off of illogical emotion. Here is another completely stupid and uneducated quote.

    -Dalley suggests Ching failed to intervene when he filmed shocking scenes of cruelty used in the celebrity appeal to raise funds. His videos show dogs being hung by the neck, dogs with their paws hacked off, and a dog being strung up by the neck in a public park in Indonesia and yelping as it is blow-torched.

    -Dalley said: ‘In one in Indonesia you can see at the beginning a guy puts his thumbs up to him [Ching] as if to say, “Are you ready?” At the end the guy is turning around as if to say, “Was that OK?”

    -‘I don’t understand how anyone who professes to be in animal welfare can film that sort of thing without intervening. He could have saved those dogs.’

    Marc Ching poses undercover as a Wealthy American Entrepreneur looking to enter the Dog Meat Trade and bring it to America. During his undercover operations he must witness and film the abuse in order to use it as evidence to gain support and bring down the trade. These slaughterhouses don’t just let anybody inside and they are guarded. They most certainly don;’t let anyone inside film anything. With his Wealthy American Entrepreneur undercover act, he claims that he is filming for his own personal use and to share with his investors and partners. On his tour the slaughterhouse “tour guide” shows him all of the inner workings. Ching is then shown how the dogs are treated. This footage is invaluable to bringing down the dog meat trade. China authorities continuously deny the fact that Dogs are tortured and mistreated for their meat. With Chings evidence Chinese authorities can no longer deny this fact. With this footage Ching is also able to spread awareness and to the public but most importantly share this footage with Congress. He seeks the aid of congress to defeat the dog meat trade. Without footage Congress won’t waste their time. They need proof.

    Now as for the stupid quote mentioning Ching not intervening. How in the hell do you propose he intervene? Beat the shit out of the workers just to save the handful of dogs being tortured? What about the hundreds of dogs laying in cages? How would he then get those out with a swarm of dog meat traders chasing him with weapons? It’s called logic and I suggests using it. His goal is saving as many dogs as he can while ultimately ending the trade. For the greater good, some of these dogs sadly have to endure their suffering so that a higher number can be saved.

    Ching has mentioned that earlier in his expeditions when he first started witnessing slaughterhouse torture, he lost his composure and kicked the guy in the face. Guess what happened next? Other workers swarmed him, beat the shit out of him, and hospitalized him. To again, how would he intervene? Tell me please. He can’t. He goes in, gets the footage, uses the footage to take down the trade with help from congress and the masses, then sets up an operation to rescue as many dogs as he can.

    The only “Monsters Among Us” here are those who spread uninformed slanderous lies which this filth and the dailymail article do. Stupidity is a very dangerous trait which creates a monster in us all doesn’t it?

    I suggest you act like a mature and intelligent adult, admit your mistake for spreading this filth, apologize, and then work towards educating yourself more before posting on the internet.

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    • Is it okay to take your fog, torture it, so a film can be made. Just to show how dogs are treated. And get Alex changed. You shouldn’t have a problem with it

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    • Let’s take your dog and torture it, take a film, and show it so that laws can be changed. Sorry your dog will have to suffer so a point can be made. Hope you don’t have a problem with that

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