62 Dogs Rescued From Slaughter At China’s Annual Yulin Dog Meat Festival

June 18, 2019 | No Comments » | Topics: TRUTH

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Every year the southern city of China, Yulin celebrates the summer solstice with a festival that involves the slaughter and consumption of as many as 10,000 dogs.

Days before the start of the festival, animal rights activists in China have rescued 62 dogs from being slaughtered and eaten.

According to Humane Society International (HSI), a group of Chinese activists, who wish to remain anonymous, they found the frightened dogs in a dirty slaughterhouse. The dogs were in a terrible state, showing signs of malnourishment and dehydration.

Footage released by HSI reveal many of the dogs were the sort of small breeds popular among Chinese pet owners. Some were still wearing their collars, a chilling reminder of the many beloved pets in China snatched each year by dog meat traders.

Following their capture, they are crushed into wire cages before being driven for many hours – or even days – to slaughterhouses where will face cruel and brutal deaths.

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One of the Chinese activists, has given the following account of the rescue :

It was swelteringly hot inside the slaughterhouse when we got there, the dogs were exhausted and panting, some pressing themselves tight against the wall in an effort not to be noticed. Others chased around our legs eager for attention.

We noticed straight away that some of them were wearing pet collars so they were probably stolen, and some of them looked very sick so we quickly loaded them on the truck to get them to our temporary shelter quickly to receive emergency veterinary treatment.

The slaughter man told us that these dogs were likely one of the last truckloads of dogs entering Yulin before the festival because the local government was likely to stop further trucks from entering the city, but we didn’t stick around to verify that.

We want the world to see the horrors of China’s dog meat trade of which Yulin is typical, and for dog lovers everywhere to stand up against this terrible cruelty. Please don’t waste your breath calling dog eating Chinese culture. It is not our culture to steal people’s pets. It is not our culture to eat dogs.

yulin dog meat festival

Following the rescue, the 62 survivors were taken to a temporary shelter where they were given emergency care, food and water.

After resting for several days, the dogs will be transported to permanent shelters which will give them some much needed care in the long term.

HSI’s China policy specialist, Dr Peter Li, has given the following comment:

Yulin is a very tense place right now, with dog traders and slaughterhouses on high alert, so it was difficult for these Chinese activists to win the trust of this facility to release the dogs. We commend their efforts to show the world the suffering of these poor animals, and to expose the dog theft that lies behind the dog meat trade.

These dogs are traumatised and in need of veterinary treatment, but they are the lucky ones because for them at least the horror of Yulin is over. Sadly, thousands more will still die at Yulin, and millions across China, unless decisive action is taken. So we urge the Chinese government to show that it will not tolerate the dog thief gangs who perpetuate this trade, and bring an end to the brutal dog and cat meat trade.

yulin dog meat festival

yulin dog meat festival

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