In the Sichuanese city of Zigong (自贡), animal protection groups paid approximately 83,000RMB to buy roughly 800 dogs that were bound for restaurants in Guangxi. The dogs were rescued only after a deal with dog trader Tang Daguo (唐大国) was struck on Saturday after two days of negotiations.
Volunteers from the two organizations behind the rescue were the Sichuan Qiming Companion Animal Protection Center, and the Love of Home Animal Rescue Center, initially refused to pay the 120,000RMB asking price for the release of the dogs.
However, local authorities mediated the stand-off between the parties, telling the animal rescue groups that Tang was very poor, and needed to be paid. The dogs stayed in their cages while negotiations went on, as Tang refused to release any until he was suitably compensated.
Afterwards, Tang signed a statement agreeing to give up his trade, and understood that if he was caught selling dogs for consumption again, all dogs in possession would be confiscated without compensation.
Though the rescued dogs are now being care for by the two Chengdu-based animal rescue groups, 500 other dogs were unfortunately taken away on a separate truck before volunteers arrived on the scene.
This latest dog rescue incident closely mirrors what happened earlier this year, when 520 dogs were rescued on the Beijing-Harbin highway after 100,000RMB was paid. Netizens and campaigners also successfully shut down Zhejiang’s Jinhua Dog Meat Festival last month, ending a tradition that had been occurring in the local area for centuries.
At this rate, perhaps there’s hope that dog eating might one day become something enjoyed by only a small fringe of people bent on preserving culinary traditions, if complete eradication is unlikely. Perhaps a Dog-Fu tofu substitute might be something to invest in, for anyone that’s really going to miss feasting on innocent Fidos.
Photos from Tencent News.