On July 31st, a group of animal activists successfully rescued a truckload of dogs in Hebei, likely on their way to be slaughtered.
They blocked the truck and called the head of the local animal protection group. Suspecting that the dogs were unvaccinated, the animal activists asked the local livestock sanitation department to come.
As they had expected, the driver did not have the necessary sanitation certificates for transporting the dogs. The dogs have been temporarily put into quarantine.
Witnesses described that the dogs included breeds that are often owned as pets, such as Dachshunds, Golden Retrievers and Border Collies. According to the Animals Asia Foundation, China’s dog meat supply mostly consists of pet dogs and stray dogs that are stolen and sometimes poisoned with cyanide. In the past, dog meat traders have been arrested for selling tons of poisonous dog meat.
Experts have warned about the risk of spreading diseases such as rabies through the consumption of dog meat, specifically in the context of the annual Yulin Dog Meat Festival where an estimated 10,000 dogs are slaughtered each year.
Last year, a group of animal activists also managed to save a truck full of dogs in Xi’an, prompting the driver’s wife to stab herself in the leg.
By Amy Yang
[Images via Sina]