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Animal Rights Activists in China are fighting for the lives of 3000+ dogs

Chicagojune2010025_2_thumb By Lucy Bruce | March 03, 2013 | Comments (8)

created on: 2013-03-04

 

BEIJING (AP) — The head of an animal rescue center in China said Sunday that volunteers have rescued about 900 dogs that were being transported in poor conditions in a truck.

Chen Mingcai of the Chongqing Small Animal Protection Association said that a travelling citizen became suspicious of the truck and called police, who detained the truck driver on Friday night.

Chen said he was later contacted by a netizen who had seen a photo of the dogs left in the truck on the entrance of an expressway in southwestern Chongqing city.

He said that by Saturday afternoon volunteers from the animal center and other animal lovers who had seen postings about the dogs on social media had arrived at the truck wanting to help the dogs. Chen says three people were injured in clashes with suspected dog sellers who had also turned up.

Volunteers said the truck was on its way to Guangdong province in southern China, where dog meat is often served in restaurants.

Chen said the dogs were weak, two had died in the truck that had travelled from neighboring Sichuan province and some had given birth to puppies. He said many dogs looked like they were pet dogs and that one dog owner had found his lost dog on the truck.

The dogs are now being taken care of by about 40-50 volunteers in Anwen town. Chen said they were waiting for local authorities to carry out checks on the dogs and he wasn't sure what would happen to the dogs now.

A man who refused to give his name from Anwen Town Police sub-station confirmed that the dogs were now in Anwen but had no other details.

Calls to Qijiang county police department rang unanswered.

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created on: 2013-03-03

 

created on: 2013-03-03

Updates March 3rd 2013:

 

This massive rescue effort is taking place right now!  There are Chinese animal rights activists driving and flying from all across the country in an effort to do their best to save as many of the dogs as possible.  Most of them have not slept for the past few nights as they attempt to do all that they can to keep the traders from taking the dogs any further.  Due to the lack of any animal rights laws in China, the only thing activists can currently do is force the traders to provide documentation on each dog.  For those that they cannot provide papers on, it then becomes a food safety case at which point the dogs cannot be sold to the butcher and can potentially be turned over to the activists or adopted.  The conditions these dogs are under are deplorable and twenty have died thus far due to illness and lack of food/water.  

These brave Chinese activists are fighting an incredible battle in an environment where literally everything is against them.  As a Chinese dog lover myself, I know all too well just how things operate in China.  Things like this are covered up and rarely spoken of in the media. If we can spread the word about this crisis to as many outlets as possible it could eventually make its way into the media here (US), at which point it could then be picked up by the Chinese media.  A slim chance, but its all that we can do for all those brave people that are sacrificing all that they can to save these beautiful dogs.  Please send you thoughts and prayers to activists and do everything you can to spread the word.  

Please like and share our FACEBOOK page I will post updates on the FB page. It takes time to translate and I work full time. I will do my very best to deliver the news and messages in real time! !

We can't win this war without establishing an Animal Cruelty Law in China!!!

Please sign this petition and share with as many people as you can! TOGETHER, We can stop this cruelty and restore humanity! 

Petition: https://www.change.org/petitions/stop-horrific-dog-meat-trade-demand-china-make-animal-cruelty-laws

(This petition was translated into Chinese and shared with folks on social media network back in China. The post was retweeted and shared hundreds of times in just few mins! People are extremely encouraged and inspired by all the support and helps from rest of the world! They know now that they are not alone, they are gonna fight harder and will NOT give up! Thank you everyone again for all of your support! It really means a lot to the innocent animals and all of those good people who fight for their lives in China!)

 

 

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UPDATES March 4th 2013:

After hard work and negotiation, a small group of dogs have been transfered to bigger cages that the volunteers have provided. The majority of the dogs are still cramped in those small cages under critical condition!

created on: 2013-03-04

In just the few days since someone posted pictures of this truck full of dogs cramped into small cages on Chinese social media, the rescue effort has gained national attention.  People and supplies have been coming from all over the country with many volunteers driving or flying for hours to do their part. 

created on: 2013-03-04

These brave Chinese activists are fighting an incredible battle in an environment where literally everything is against them.  As a Chinese dog lover myself, I know all too well just how things operate in China.  Things like this are covered up and rarely spoken of in the media. If we can spread the word about this crisis to as many outlets as possible it could eventually make its way into the media here (US), at which point it could then be picked up by the Chinese media.  A slim chance, but its all that we can do for all those brave people that are sacrificing all that they can to save these beautiful dogs.  

Please send you thoughts and prayers to activists and do everything you can to spread the word.

IMPORTANT NOTES: At this moment,the rescue is NOT accepting any form of monetary donation or supplies by mail. Please do not send money or supplies to anyone or organization at this point. A valid relief fund may be established in the near future by the Chongqing Small Animal Protection Association (CSAPA)

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Please like and share our FACEBOOK page 

I will post updates on the FB page. It takes time to translate and I work full time. I will do my very best to deliver the news and messages in real time! !

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2ND UPDATES 3/4:

GREAT NEWS!!! Earlier today, ALL of the dogs were saved!!! The traders and local authorities agreed to hand over ALL of the dogs (about 900 of them) to the Chongqing Small Animal Protection Association (CSAPA)!!!!!! 

The work on behalf of these dogs, however, is far from over. The onsite volunteers are now beginning the process of finding someplace to keep the dogs until they can be placed in homes. In addition, many of them are injured, sick, and very traumatized. Volunteers are always wanting to make everyone aware that they have not yet set up any avenues to accept donations.

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UPDATES 3/5:

TWO more trucks full of dogs in tiny cages were found in two different locations yesterday and earlier today!! One truck has 1300+ dogs on board, the other one has 500+ dogs! All of the dogs are in extremely critical condition, many of them have already died and a lot more are dying due to the brutal condition!!

A massive nationwide rescue effort is taking place in China right now!Please LIKE the "Fight for Animal Cruelty Laws in China" Facebook page to follow the rescue in real time!! PLEASE share with your friends and family, spread the words! We need your support and help! 

PLEASE, this is very URGENT! Brave Chinese volunteers are doing everything they can trying to save lives of 3000+ dogs in 3 different locations RIGHT NOW!!! PLEASE, we need your support, your voice and your help!!!  

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UPDATES 3/7:

More dogs were found on a truck in Shenyang and ONE ONSITE VOLUNTEER HAS BEEN TAKEN AND BEATEN! Police force is not allowing onsite volunteers to take pictures or make contact with people offsite!! 

The dogs found on the trucks in both locations ("Chongqing" and "Guiyang") have been successfully saved! They are now in safe hands of the local volunteers. The volunteers have been working like mad to keep them alive, safe, and find loving forever homes for them...thousands of them.... We can only imagine what kind of obstacles they have to fight through...

The work is NOT getting any easier for anyone who has been fighting for saving these poor dogs...ANOTHER truck load of dogs was found in Shenyang in Northern China.

Volunteers stopped the truck and requested for releasing the dogs. The police force and local authorities are by the side of the dog traders! All dogs were held up (still in cages) in a very filthy local animal retention facility (where animals are killed or left to die). One male volunteer was asked to negotiate with the local officials in the police station, but people later found out that he was beaten and still not released!!! Now, the volunteers are not only fighting for the lives of these dogs, but also for the brave volunteer's safe return!!! 

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UPDATES 3/9:

I haven't heard any news in regards to the release of Dong the volunteer that was taken by the police on March 7th.

Shenyang Rescue has experienced tremendous constrains and obstructions from the local authorities! 

More volunteers are believed to have been taken on March 9th... 
An onsite volunteer was forced to back away from the cause because her boyfriend and family received threats. 

Most of the tweets and updates related to the Shenyang Rescue have been taken down by the authorities. 

A provincial level mainstream news outlet published an article about the rescue labeling the rescue as an "illegal act violating trading rights and breaking laws". The news states that the traders possess required legal documentation for transporting and killing all the dogs (LIES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!) 

We are losing the Rescue in Shenyang...

created on: 2013-03-12

Photo: The volunteers formed a human barrier to stop the traders and police force taking the dogs.

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We can't win this war without establishing an Animal Cruelty Law in China!!!

Please sign this petition and share with as many people as you can! TOGETHER, We can stop this cruelty and restore humanity! 

Petition: https://www.change.org/petitions/stop-horrific-dog-meat-trade-demand-china-make-animal-cruelty-laws

(This petition was translated into Chinese and shared with folks on social media network back in China. The post was retweeted and shared hundreds of times in just few mins! People are extremely encouraged and inspired by all the support and helps from rest of the world! They know now that they are not alone, they are gonna fight harder and will NOT give up! Thank you everyone again for all of your support! It really means a lot to the innocent animals and all of those good people who fight for their lives in China!)

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The same thing happened a little more than a year ago in Chongqing!! In Jan 2012, more than 1,100 dogs destined for the slaughterhouse in Chongqing were saved from an ignoble ending by a pet-loving Good Samaritan.

Read more: Chinese blogger rescues 1,137 dogs intended to be killed for food from crammed flatbed truck

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/chinese-blogger-rescues-1-137-dogs-destined-slaughterhouse-crammed-flatbed-truck-article-1.1009635#ixzz2MaeeBzdN 

 



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Comments on this Article

I blame the Chinese government directly for this barbarism. Their animal laws don't exist. When will this cruelty stop. The Bible says " an eye for an eye". Hope this will happen to these savages that think they are human.
Hello, I really like and appreciate what some people like these volunteers do for a better future for our beloved dogs. Thank you guys. www.vietnamanimalscruelty.com
the these chinese activists have been doing is PRECIOUS and will never be forgotten! you're the new voice in china and i really hope someday the chinese government will understand that ALL animals have feelings, they hurt and suffer like human beings and they all have the right to LIVE! animal protection laws in china are urgently needed. thank you for fighting the good fight! <3
I am so sick of these savages that call themselves human. Their leaders are just as uncivilized. They turn a blind eye towards this barbarism.
This is absolutely DISGUSTING, horrible and inhumane!!! Seeing all those helpless faces just agonizes me. The "people" doing this deserve to be taken somewhere and lit on fire!!!!!!!!
please also follow @occupydogmeat on twitter- or feel free to make more #occupydogmeat tags and pages (facebook, twitter, tumblr) for different citites and countries to keep this viral and keep the message spreading-
I take my hat off to these indefatigable rescue worker in China... the conditions there are even more difficult and yet they are able to rescue thousands of dogs meant for the meat market! Please continue your humane/good work. You all are an inspiration to us!
PLEASE, this is very URGENT! Brave Chinese volunteers are doing everything they can trying to save lives of 3000+ dogs in 3 different locations RIGHT NOW!!! PLEASE, we need your support, your voice and your help! Follow the rescue in real time on our Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Fight-for-Animal-Cruelty-Laws-in-China/499878786741711
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