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Post  mara thon on Tue 19 Apr - 22:38

I don't know if anyone saw this on the news but I'm not ashamed to say the video shown had me sobbing, I had to leave the room, I really could not bear it. I can't even find words to say how I feel.

http://dogblog.dogster.com/2011/04/19/nearly-600-dogs-rescued-in-china-on-way-to-slaughter-for-food/


A man spotted a truckload of 580 whimpering dogs crammed together on a Beijing highway, speeding toward their slaughter for their meat. He put a call out on a Twitter-like microblogging site, asking animal lovers to block the truck and force the driver to release the dogs.

Keep in mind that this is China, where activism in general can bring brutal consequences, and where there are few if any animal protection laws except for wild animals. In addition, dogs are still routinely on the menu at many homes and restaurants. So to even make such a request to save these dogs seemed almost hopeless.

But the man put out the call nonetheless, and 200 people responded immediately. They didn’t simply show up with picket signs or come to a shelter to adopt the animals. They drove their cars and physically blocked the truck after it passed through a tollbooth. The blockade lasted 15 hours, and in the end, they negotiated the dogs’ release for $17,000 — mostly contributed by a pet company and an animal protection foundation. Amazingly, no one was arrested.


Rescuers open the back of the truck and prepare to save the hundreds of dogs. (AP Photo/Capital Animals Welfare Association)
According to an AP article, many of the dogs were dehydrated, injured, and suffering from the potentially deadly parvovirus. At least 68 have been hospitalized. The dogs’ rescuers suspect that many of them were stolen.

Dozens of volunteers are working around the clock at the animal hospital that took in the sick dogs. Many others are tending to the healthier dogs at a property run by the Capital Animal Welfare Association on the northern outskirts of Beijing.

“When I saw the poor dogs on Twitter, I cried and cried, but I thought there was no way they could stop the truck. So I was very surprised when they did it and I wanted to help,” Chen Yang, 30, who was helping a dog who had given birth to four puppies just after the rescue, said in the AP article.

The blockade and the outpouring of volunteers is a hopeful indication that animal rights are starting to take hold in China, where age-old traditions are coming under fire as the country becomes more affluent and people see dogs more as pets than as meat.



Some of the healthier dogs after the rescue. It's not an ideal setting, but it's a far sight better than what they had. Volunteers are tending to the dogs and hoping to get them adopted to loving homes. (AP Photo/Capital Animals Welfare Association)


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Re: Dogs rescued in China

Post  Angelique on Tue 19 Apr - 22:53

Yes - I saw a warning of this on Sky and didn't watch it because I knew it would be bad. They showed the trailer they were in and that was bad enough for me. I did know that they eat dogs and routinely take them if they are running around the streets for this purpose.

I am so glad that this direct action worked. But sadly I expect other similar trailers full of dogs have not been intercepted and I presume it continues.

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Post  kitti on Wed 20 Apr - 16:08

Some off the dogs had collars on...


Remember the cats.....skinned alive and thrown into boiling water.....


I won't repeat what my son said......I'm glad I'm a vegetarian......I'd advise you lot to be the same.

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Post  kitti on Wed 20 Apr - 16:09

Angelique wrote:Yes - I saw a warning of this on Sky and didn't watch it because I knew it would be bad. They showed the trailer they were in and that was bad enough for me. I did know that they eat dogs and routinely take them if they are running around the streets for this purpose.

I am so glad that this direct action worked. But sadly I expect other similar trailers full of dogs have not been intercepted and I presume it continues.





Anything that moves.....

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Post  kitti on Wed 20 Apr - 16:11

Do you know how many cats go missing in that country.......let's just say LOTS.

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