Jian Zhicheng was 31. She was the director of an animal rehabilitation and education center in Taiwan until she took her own life recently. The young woman has spent her entire adult life dedicating her time to helping animals in need. Animals that need a home, that need help and that need attention are sent to her so that she can try and find them homes, get them healthy and care for them. Unfortunately, she lives somewhere in which there are simply not enough homes for the thousands of dogs and cats that come into her care every year. The law where she lives states that animals that need to be euthanized to make room for new animals must be euthanized. Like most animal lovers that are forced to do this at kill shelters, she didn’t love that part of her job.
When she and her crew were forced to admit recently how many dogs they’ve had to put down over the past few years (more than seven hundred), the people in her city were horrified. They began to bully her, taunt her and call her a killer. They called her other names, said horrible things about her and began to threaten her. She was so terrified and horrified over the fact that these things are required of her in her job that she felt she had nothing do to and turned to suicide as the answer. She’s now gone of her own accord, and it’s bringing more attention to the fact that there are too many animals, not enough homes, and a really big problem.
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