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Lisa Vanderpump Celebrates The Yulin Dog Meat Trade Ban: “We Have Been Heard!”

The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and Vanderpump Rules star Lisa Vanderpump has worked very hard to put an end to the Yulin Dog Meat Festival. Now, her hard work has paid off as her fight to put an end to the Chinese festival has scored a major victory this week.

It's been reported that the Yulin government is set to prohibit restaurants, street vendors, and market traders from selling dog meat at the annual event, animal activists Duo Duo Project and Humane Society International announced Wednesday.

The temporary ban will go into effect on June 15, one week before the festival, where thousands of dogs are killed for their meat in China's Guangxi province, is scheduled to begin on June 21. It is said that the ban "will be strictly enforced with fines of up to 100,000 yuan," which is about $14,500, and the "risk of arrest for violations."

As viewers recall, LVP has worked very hard to put an end to the Yulin Dog Meat Festival, organizing a march in protest through Los Angeles to the Chinese Consulate-General, speaking out against the event on Capitol Hill, and creating a documentary about the cause, which we saw her work on during the ladies' trip to Hong Kong this season of the Bravo hit reality series.

"If it's true [that] we've been instrumental [in] stopping this barbarity then we're thrilled," Lisa told The Daily Mail after hearing the news of the temporary ban, adding that the fight is "not over yet," but "it's a huge step in the right direction."

Lisa continued, "I think they have felt the pressure from the West and certainly with the help of Bravo and Evolution Media in showcasing our marches and our gala, all the press they have helped us garner has been instrumental in this fight and in spreading the word all over the world."

Lisa's initial response to the news was incredibly emotional. "I actually cried for 10 minutes, I just sat there," she shared.

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