Tuesday, April 19, 2011

500 Dogs Rescued From Slaughterhouse in China

It's widely known dogs don't do well in China sometimes ending up on the dinner table or killed en masse in the streets for fear of the spread of rabies.  That's why when you hear of stories like this one, it's truly heart warming.  Last weekend over 500 dogs were rescued by vigilante citizens and celebrities who have a blog network set-up to summon one another to the scene of dog slaughter transport in China. 
"A man surnamed An saw the truck at the Tongzhou section of the Beijing-Harbin expressway at 11 am Friday. Suspecting the dogs were illegally acquired, he forced the truck to stop and asked others for help via his microblog, according to media reports.

After seeing An's blog, hundreds of animal activists began arriving at the scene with mineral water and food. Some celebrities and foreigners were also rumored to have shown up.  After nearly 15 hours, the incident ended with a pet company and an environmental conservation foundation co-buying the dogs for about 115,000 yuan ($17,606)." - China Dog Saving Stir's Debate - China Global Times

Young woman in San Francisco adopts dogs rescued in Taiwan from meat market.

The rescued dogs were transferred to the China Small Animal Protection Association in Beijing, the first and only nationwide humane society in China.  Let's hope these poor neglected dogs find safe homes around the world.  A few weeks ago I happened to ask a young woman about her dogs because they looked like dingos.  She went on to tell me they were rescue dogs from Taiwan and let me snap a photo of she and her new pets.  One of the dogs was shaking a lot she ascribed to it being frightened all of its life.  Needless to say, the poor frightened animal wouldn't let me pet it.

The thing that makes Asian animal rescue so appealing is they cause a lot of pain and suffering to the dogs such as burning them to death to help improve the flavor of the dog meat.  Such a prospect of animals being burned alive doesn't sit well with Americans and other animal activist countries leading to the funding of non-profit organizations and wealthy individuals to acquire the animals for redistribution.