By Tom Bannister
This shocking surveillance video from Dongguan, Guangdong Province, shows a dog being snatched by a man in a van, which barely slows down as the dognapping takes place.
The whole incident took mere seconds and most netizens concluded that the dog would have been destined for a hot-pot, especially because Dongguan dog hot-pot is very popular when the weather is cold. Eating dog is increasingly becoming socially-unacceptable in China but Guangdong remains a bastion of dog-consumption.
Other incidences of dog snatching have also been widely recorded with many of the snatchers filmed using a suspiciously similar vehicle to the Dongguan one. A recent notorious incident occurred in the Guangdong city of Shantou, where an old man was knocked down and killed by a dog-snatcher after he tried to prevent the thief from driving off.