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Chinese Animal Activists Rescue 800 Dogs From Slaughterhouse

Chinese Animal Activists Rescue 800 Dogs From Slaughterhouse

Nearly 800 dogs were rescued by a Chinese animal protection group last Saturday night in the city of Zigong, in southwest Sichuan province.

The Qiming Center, an animal-rights protection group in Sichuan, was the hero of the day. Last Friday, an Internet user known as “Mosquito” initiated the rescue via the Twitter-like microblogging site Weibo after learning the dogs would be transported out of the city of Zigong in Sichuan province and taken to slaughterhouses in Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region to be processed for meat.

200 Animal Lovers Responded To The “Tweet”

On Saturday about 200 Chinese animal lovers responded to Mosquito’s call and  blocked the three trucks packed with hundreds of whimpering dogs.

From CNN:

After a standoff and negotiation, the group agreed to pay the dog trader 83,000 yuan ($13,000) to secure the caged dogs’ freedom, said Qiming president Qiao Wei.

“It’s a compromise we took in an effort to let the dogs free—they are visibly suffering for being packed in small cages with very limited space. We spent hours negotiating with the trader,” Qiao told CNN in a phone interview. “Finally with the help of local government he was willing to hand over the dogs in exchange for 83,000 yuan—60,000 for personal compensation, another 20,000 for cages that we lack.”

Qiming volunteers are now helping settle down the dogs, according to state-run media.

The two groups, Sichuan Qiming Animal Adoption Center and Chengdu Home of Love, will take care of the dogs.

Animal Rights Activists: “No Trading, No Killing”

Through this rescue the Qiming Center hopes to send the general public one message: “No trading, no killing.” Meanwhile, dog trading remains rife in certain regions in China due to lack of a national law on animal welfare and protection. Indeed, while the trader, Tang Daguo, promised that he would no longer engage in the transport of dogs, local authorities said he had all the proper permits and did not break any laws. It is perfectly legal to consume dog meat in China.

A positive sign is that Tang, who has been in the business for seven years, said he had never come across such a blockade before, which raises the hope that China’s attitudes on pets, and especially dogs, are changing.

580 Dogs Rescued In April

And this isn’t the first such rescue. As Care2′s Sharon Seltzer wrote here, in April nearly 200 heroic animal lovers in China saved the lives of 580 dogs that were being trucked to a Beijing slaughterhouse for their meat. Then too, the plea was put out on Weibo, and nearly 200 people responded, blocking the truck full of dogs for 15 hours.

Dog meat has long been a popular dish in certain regions of China. But over time this cultural and culinary tradition is getting more and more unpopular, as international and Chinese animal protection organizations increase pressure against the dog meat trade. And these rescue missions speak volumes about changes in Chinese culture. Thank you, brave Chinese animal lovers.

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4:20AM PDT on Apr 14, 2014

Thank you for showing compassion and love in action. You are all heroes. That is amazing what you did. Saved SO MANY dogs from a horrible fate. GOD BLESS YOU! I hope they all find loving homes. Keep up the great work!

9:54PM PDT on Apr 2, 2014

thank you. I thought all the people are of cruel mentality but thank you there are good people like you. God bless you for sving so many innocent lives.

3:53PM PDT on Mar 25, 2014

It was such an honorable act for those people to save the dogs. Their families should be proud! They will be rewarded throughout their lives. I hope the dogs find loving homes and are kept safe.

3:44PM PDT on Mar 12, 2014

That's so great.

10:08PM PST on Feb 25, 2014

Those compassionate good samaritans in China should recognized with honor for doing such a cruicial task to save massive number of dogs from the evil peoples hand. The amount they had to pay to rescue these innocent animals are also pretty high. May you all be showered with god's blessings. I am so thankful to those very special kind hearted people who have done such a good deed towards saving these man's best friends from a inhumane slughter house. Thanks to all of you. Bravo.!!!

7:50AM PST on Feb 25, 2014


10:29PM PST on Dec 21, 2013

Yes Suzanne W. yes I agree with you. China has to improve a lot to come on the international stage to be accepted as another animal loving nation.

11:32AM PST on Dec 21, 2013

Finally someone is helping the animals in China. The Chinese culture is so barbaric and stone age. Thank you for saving them!
PS: I still BOYCOTT China.

10:23PM PST on Dec 19, 2013

You people are wonderful human beings among the notoriuos & wicked.
If the other people watch what you all do to show the kindness & compassion towards the helpless animals some of thoese evil people should be ashamed of themselves. Please do the right thing and the Good karmic results will be yours one day. Bless you all for saving these innocent beautiful faithful dogs. Thank you to all.

4:15PM PST on Dec 11, 2013

These people really deserve a lot of respect, going against "tradition" in China is not without risks. I really hope that these dogs will find loving homes :)

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