Hey look! Somebody finally got freed in China last week. On Friday, April 15, a truckload of 520 dogs was stopped and the animals were rescued by the coming together of activists online, with an outpouring of support from thousands! When word of the truck spread on Sina Weibo, hundreds arrived at the scene with mineral water and food, jamming traffic and refusing to let the truck leave.15 hours later, a pet company and an environmental organization gathered the necessary funds (115,000RMB!!) to buy the dogs.
On Friday morning, a presumably super bad-ass guy named An spotted the truck and suspected the dogs weren’t being dealt with legally. He personally forced the truck to stop (recklessly, claims the truck driver), then put out a call for help.
Turns out the dogs, who were on their way to a butcher in Jilin province, were all legally bought and paid for, with proper immunizations and everything. That of course doesn’t say anything to the fact that the animals were all half-starved and many suffered from severe injuries.
Now that they’re free of their involuntary detention I’m sure you’re all wondering, will they speak out about their ordeal? Will they criticize their captors to the international media? And if they do so, will more dogs suffer in China as a consequence?
It’s a welcome change to see animal activism on high-profile news in China, and maybe the attention will do good things for advancing animal protection legislation. But I can’t help but feel it comes at an inopportune moment, when we are less concerned with dogs, and more concerned with llamas.
(Photos via Beijing News and China Underground.)
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