In China, a truck transporting hundreds of dogs in appalling conditions was intercepted by the police and animal protection associations. The canines were on their way to the infamous Yulin Festival, where they were to be slaughtered for their meat.
Nearly 400 dogs have been rescued as they headed for certain death in Yulinwhere today begins the Lychee and Dog Meat Festival “. Police and activists intercepted the truck taking them, reported Newsweek Monday, June 20.
The intervention took place on Sunday on a highway in Shaanxi province and was filmed by its protagonists, including volunteers from associations Power of Animal Welfare in China and Humane Society International.
The said festival is organized every year at Yulin, in the south of the country, on the occasion of the summer solstice. Thousands of dogs are killed there, and their chair consumed.
The 386 which turned up in the truck in question will fortunately escape it. The security forces forced him to stop on the side of the road, which allowed animal protection organizations to take charge of the quadrupeds.
China Animal Welfare Power / Humane Society International
” It was horrible to see so many dogs in such terrible condition. […] They had probably been in the truck for days, dehydrated and hungry. Many of them showing visible signs of injury and illness “, noted Lin Xiongwho is one of the militants who rescued them.
Quarantine, then placement in a shelter for the dogs rescued from the “truck from hell”
Many of these animals suffered from eye infections and skin problems. Some still had their necklaces, which suggested that they had been stolen from their families.
China’s Animal Welfare Power / Humane Society International
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The dogs were first quarantined in a relevant police facility. They are examined and cared for there, then will be appointed to the associations.
” I am so proud of the Chinese activists who defend these animals, and the police whose response was absolutely vital, because without them these dogs would have already died in a slaughterhouse in Yulin “said, for his part, Peter Lipolitical specialist in the Humane Society International.