Two men were brutally beaten with bricks and bats by an angry mob of people in Guilin, Guangxi province after they were caught stealing four dogs to sell to restaurants.
The men had been accused of pet dog theft in the past, according to the Daily Mail, which reported that the pair would drive through villages and lure dogs with sedative-laced meat before knocking them dead with bricks and throwing them into their car.
The two were caught when a resident in Sanjiang village returned home to see them dragging his pet into their car, with three other dogs already inside. The resident alerted neighbors who ran in groups and began beating the men on the street.
The mob then smashed the men’s cars with bricks, injuring one in the process. Villagers were so angry that the refused to hand the men over to police, and continued to parade them through the village.
Eventually, families of the beaten men arrived and apologized on their behalf, promising to pay over 5,000 yuan in compensation.
As we all may know, dog meat trade is rampant in China and incidents are reported all the time. Months ago we relayed the case of a man in Guangdong province who was arrested for poising dogs to sell their meat to restaurants. Last year, authorities in Zhejiang uncovered the province’s “largest case of poisoning dogs for their meat” and arrested suspects believed to have sold more than 11 tons of dog meat.
Luckily, activist groups across China have stepped up to protect cats and dogs being killed for their meat.
Second Chance Animal Aid Shanghai, a non-profit organization advocating animal rights, recently addressed the Guilin story on its Facebook page:
Arguably, a vigilante mentality thrives when lawmakers refuse to address the issue of animal protection, encouraged in their idleness by a largely uneducated mass of vocal opponents who misguidedly feel resources dedicated to protecting animals from cruelty and punishing offenders takes away from helping needy people in an obviously needy place. Social unrest on behalf of animals could be the tipping point, but it’s a risky and controversial tool that could still backfire on animal advocates in China.
[Images via Daily Mail]