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Animal-welfare volunteers stop truck in Sichuan Province
14 October 2011: Late on Friday night Animals Asia was contacted by groups in Chengdu advising that they had intercepted a truck in Zi Gong City, Sichuan Province containing approximately 800 caged dogs destined for the famous dog eating region of Guangxi, Guilin.
Two local groups, Qi Ming and Home of Love are, together, leading this rescue of the dogs. After fierce negotiation, they have now agreed to pay the trader RMB83,600 (RMB60,000 for the dogs plus the price of the cages).
The wording of the agreement is not a purchase of the dogs, but humanitarian compensation for the trader's financial losses. In return, the trader has been asked to sign an agreement with the groups and Government authorities to withdraw from the dog meat industry entirely. If he reneges on the agreement the groups have threatened legal action which would involve the government too.
Unfortunately, the dogs are in very poor condition with several dead and many more sick, diseased and badly injured. They are currently being divided into quarantine areas within the compounds of the two groups and prioritised for care.
We are in constant contact with these groups, pledging emergency funds for food and medical help, and offering technical support where required. Local vets have also begun offering their assistance together with the Chengdu Veterinary Association.
In early 2009 we provided emergency veterinary care and support to Qiming Dog Rescue Centre following the rescue of 149 dogs destined for a live animal market. Click here for more information.
Our grateful thanks to both Qi Ming and Home of Love leaders and volunteers for all they have done in rescuing the dogs and, once again, for exposing the plight of millions of animals caught up in the dog and cat meat trade in China.
Our own investigations (the most recent earlier this year) highlight animals rife with disease, and the cruelty and suffering of those transported over several days without food, water or shade to be utterly unacceptable.
Many of the dogs will have been stolen – much loved family members taken from people's homes by thieves who sell them on to the trade. Media coverage and the general public report that many cats and dogs are stolen and poisoned, which also sometimes leads to human casualties, as the thieves have stolen the dogs from owners by violent means.
We appeal to the government to impose severe penalties on those who steal cats and dogs, and to prosecute those within the entire business chain who illegally transport, sell, purchase, and consume these animals.
We appeal to the public to acknowledge the depth of this evil chain of cat and dog consumption, and to refuse to eat cats and dogs, considering that such consumption encourages the act of stealing and acting against the law. Dogs and cats are our friends, not food – please don't put them on the dining table!
Finally, we hope that as many of the dogs as possible that were rescued can overcome their terrible ordeal to the point where they are happy and healthy at last. Animals Asia will continue in our endeavours to follow up with this case however we can and to give our support appropriately whenever it is required.
Updates will follow once the situation becomes clearer and our Animals Asia team in Chengdu has visited one of the rescue centres on Tuesday 18 October.