A total of 17 men who stood trial at a Zhejiang court yesterday pled guilty to trading in tons of toxic dog meat, most of which ended up in restaurants, Shanghai Daily reports.
The indictment said that seven of the men in the operation stole and killed the dogs and the other 10 men were buyers who resold them for meat.
Between 2012 and 2013, the seven men killed 95 dogs in Ningbo city by poisoning them with cyanide or by shooting them with anesthetic needles. The seven told the Fenghua People’s Court that they sold the dead dogs to meat dealers, although they knew cyanide and anesthetic needles were poisonous and they would never eat the dog meat themselves.
Two of these dealers purchased 22 tons of the toxic dog meat between 2012 and 2013, earning about 160,000 yuan. They purchased the meat for eight yuan per kilogram and resold it at 12 yuan per kilo.
An anesthetic called succinylcholine was found in some of the frozen dog meat that hadn’t yet been sold. A Ningbo police officer said that most of the other toxic dog meat had ended up in restaurants.
The verdict will be announced later.
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