The activists, who wish to remain anonymous, rescued 62 terrified dogs from Yulin on 12th June. Communicating via other Chinese activists has received and released photos from the rescue, and has been responding to requests to accommodate and care for some of these dogs.
The dogs were severely dehydrated and malnourished, with some showing signs of sickness and infection. They are mostly small breeds typical of pet dogs in China, and some were still wearing their collars when rescued. Most dogs and cats caught up in China’s meat trade are believed to be strays snatched from the streets and pets stolen from people’s backyards, in clear violation of Chinese laws. They are crammed into wire cages and driven for hours or even days across the country, before reaching the slaughterhouse where they are beaten to death.
It was swelteringly hot inside the slaughterhouse when we got there, the dogs were exhausted and panting, some pressing themselves tightly 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 slaughterman 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.”
The 62 dogs were immediately driven to a temporary shelter where they received emergency care, food and water. The dogs were rested for several days before leaving Yulin to make the journey to the various different permanent shelters that will care for them longer-term, in north China. Some of the dogs who receive help will eventually be placed for adoption in the United States, whilst others will be available for adoption within China or be cared for longer-term at the shelter.
EACH YEAR, THOUSANDS OF DOGS ARE CAPTURED AND TRANSPORTED UNDER HORRIFIC CONDITIONS, BOUND FOR THE ANNUAL DOG MEAT FESTIVAL IN YULIN
URGENT SUPPORT AND ACTION IS NEEDED FROM YOU TODAY. LET'S MAKE A DIFFERENCE AND SAVE OUR DOGS.
WHAT CAN YOU DO TO HELP SUPPORT AND END THIS?
For each towel sold, we are donating directly to charities that are constantly battling to end the Yulin dog festival and helping to save these animals.
- Helping to cover costs of vet bills, medicines and food to help look after recused dogs and cats.
- Covering transport costs and pay for shelter rent for all rescued animals.
- The building of new shelter homes for rescued animals.
- The coordination of teams to go out and rescue dogs from slaughterhouses and meat trucks.
URGENT SUPPORT AND ACTION IS NEEDED TODAY!
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