It’s been a rough day for dog lovers.
Wang Moping, a man living in Shenzhen, recently had his sadistic dog murdering activities revealed on the internet. Snapshots of a conversation he had with a netizen on WeChat, in which he claimed to have killed around 50 dogs, as well as a video of him torturing dogs, have gone viral.
Wang: “Are there any [WeChat] groups for mistreating dogs?”
Wang: “You guys don’t like that? 😀 :D”
Netizen: “What does ‘mistreating dogs’ mean?”
Wang: “As in torturing”
Netizen: “No [WeChat groups]”
Wang: “Look at the dog [in the video], we killed it. All of it’s teeth fell out too.”
Netizen: “Do you do this often?”
Wang: “Probably killed around 50 dogs”
Netizen: “Why do you do this?”
Wang: “Because it’s fun.”
Netizen: “Won’t the dog bite you for electrocuting it?”
Wang: “Not really”
Netizen: “If you get bitten, rabies shots cost thousands of yuan.”
Wang: “Yeah, but there’s no other way if I want to have fun.”
Netizen: “I’m warning you. You might die.”
Wang: “Can’t do anything about it though.”
Netizen: “Actually electrocuting [animals] is quite fun. I’ve tried it on a mouse before.”
Wang: “Listening to loud shriek is the most enjoyable part.”
Netizen: “Never heard a loud shriek before, only squeals.’
Starting last November, Wang became active posting in various dog adoption groups on WeChat, where he came into contact with Li Juan and Xiao Ye, a pair of volunteers working at local dog shelters and adoption services, Sina reports. Wang said he was interested in medium to large-sized breeds, such as German shepherds, Labradors and huskies.
The procedure one needs to go through to adopt a dog is quite strict. Along with signing a contract and paying a deposit, owners are required to accept random visits from volunteers to check on the condition of the dogs. When Wang learned about the adoption process, he thought it was “too complicated” and asked Li privately to directly give the dog to him. She refused and after that, he started asking a group chat with hundreds of people if anyone wanted to directly give away a medium to large-sized dog. Li thought it was suspicious that Wang was adamant about going around the paperwork; thus, she kicked him out of the group chat.
Though Wang was unable to adopt a dog, he then went online and spent 1,700 RMB to buy a German shepherd, which he tortured and killed. The video in the chat displays Wang hitting dogs with steel pipes and electrocuting them. The wall in the background is stained with blood.
After the news went viral, Li and other volunteers were worried that there were other dogs in danger. She and the police raided Wang’s house, only to discover a German shepherd locked up on the balcony. The dog was bleeding, had a huge swollen bump on its head and several of its teeth were broken. The dog was quickly rushed to a vet and is currently being treated.
Li is investigating who gave Wang the dogs without going through the required process. Furthermore, it’s not clear if there are any other dog abusing fanatics out there.
A legal counsel in Beijing revealed that despite Wang’s horrific actions, it is unlikely that he will be punished by the law for it. Animal protection laws in China are still quite underdeveloped. Even if there are laws, there are clear loopholes. Earlier this month, China passed a new law prohibiting the consumption of endangered animals, but people can still use endangered animal products, like alligator elixir or tiger bone wine.
In the meantime, netizens have judged Wang guilty in the court of online public opinion:
“When will we include animal rights in the law?” @Vickyxgong wrote.
“Why isn’t there a ‘Wang Moping’ torturing [Wechat] group?” @刘刘刘刘源儿 wrote.
“This man should be put into jail for torturing dogs. He could potentially escalate into killing people,” @四野细雨春芒芒 wrote.
This all comes on the heels of a viral video showing a dog being dragged to death behind an SUV in Shandong province. Netizens have similarly called for that driver to receive a Ramsay Bolton-esque punishment.
To end this story on a positive note, attitudes across China are changing about dogs. Before the Yulin Dog Meat Festival this year, an unprecedented 11 million people signed a petition calling for its immediate end. Meanwhile, dog lovers across the country have sacrificed everything to open shelters to keep stray dogs out of the slaughterhouse and out of the hands of people like Wang. Yesterday, animal activists stopped a truck carrying 400 dogs to slaughter.
Hopefully, those dogs will find a good home or a good job in the fruit vending industry.
By Sarah Lin
[Images via Sina]