A dog-slaughtering ring in Shenzhen, Guangdong province was raided by authorities on Monday and 89 dogs were rescued, according to reports on Weibo.
A number of appalled local dog-lovers who had discovered the operation and whereabouts of the slaughter farm via social media were the catalyst for the raid, online posts claim.The group undertook a 36-hour civil protest at the site until authorities responded.
In order to gather evidence and gain access to the site, members of the Shenzhen City Canine Society posed as purchasers of dog carcasses. Upon entering the slaughter-farm, they were confronted with a shocking scene: three large sheds, each containing iron cages stuffed with dogs and a number of large de-hairing machines used to pluck their fur.
Graphic photographs have emerged from the inside of the slaughter-farm, showing the barbaric tools and crude machines used to process the dogs.
Unfortunately, this incident will do nothing to improve China’s infamous reputation for poor treatment of animals following various other stories involving dogs being kidnapped and sold for meat. Animal rights activists in China, however, continue to call for animal protection laws, especially ahead of the annual festival of butchering dogs for meat in Yulin.