Activists rescue 600 dogs from truck headed to slaughterhouse in Hangzhou
The truck driver said that his cargo of canines was worth about 200,000 yuan
On Saturday, animal rights volunteers in Hangzhou stopped a truck on the freeway loaded down with around 600 dogs destined for the slaughterhouse.
The driver of the truck reportedly said that his cargo of canines was worth about 200,000 yuan in total. He was on his way to sell the dogs to restaurants when he got stopped.
The truck had originally departed from Linyi city in Shandong province, more than 600 km to the north of Hangzhou. It’s not clear where on the journey the dogs were picked up. After the vehicle came to a stop, some of the animals began desperately trying to gnaw their way to freedom.
For the time being, the dogs have been vaccinated and moved to a temporary shelter. Volunteers are now faced with the difficult task of finding homes for hundreds of dogs.
Last June, activists in Guangzhou managed to stop a truck loaded with more than 1,000 dogs that was on its way to the infamous Yulin Dog Meat Festival. Many of the animals were in extremely bad shape. Some of them had been smothered by the weight of fellow canines, while others had become delirious with hunger and thirst, wailing loudly and whimpering softly.
After unloading the animals, activists discovered that at least 20 had died in transit.
However, it’s also worth noting that being rescued from the slaughterhouse is sometimes not the end to these animals woes. In recent years, there have been multiple reports of dogs being bought up and saved from Yulin only to die shortly afterward due to lack of care.
Reportedly, out of one group of nearly 1,400 dogs that were saved by activists in 2015, only 400 were still alive only two months later, dying off amid disease and shoddy living conditions at an under-staffed shelter.
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