Who says the Chinese don’t care about animals? This is an email I just received from DuoDuo animal welfare organisation on the mainland (all photos DuoDuo):
“Aug 5, 2014 — I have some great news to share with you! On August 3, five large trucks loaded with about 2,000 dogs were blocked by animal activists near TangShang City, Heibi Province, about a 3 hour drive from Beijing. The dogs have been rescued and are currently in a temporary shelter.
Many of the dogs were stolen. As you can tell from the photos of the rescue site, some of the rescued dogs are Huskies, German Shepherds, and Golden Retrievers Those breeds are very expensive and would not normally be strays in China.
In this particular rescue event, volunteers from all over China rushed in to help. Incredibly, there were about 200 cars that surrounded the trucks to make sure the trucks could not get away. Vets and volunteers rushed in to help and people flooded the site with crates and supplies.
Another astounding highlight was that local officials and law enforcement also got involved. After a lengthy negotiation, the local government agreed to give the dogs to the activists. The officials provided a large, empty plot of land as a temporary shelter.
I believe that our campaign to stop the YuLin Dog Meat Festival played a big role in the outcome. We generated a lot of awareness and concern for dogs and cats during the YuLin campaign. More people have become active and local governments in China have become more sensitive about the negative public response and its consequences.
We believe that this rescue event is another big blow to the dog and cat meat industry. The large rescue effort has generated lots of publicity. More people will become aware of the brutality of the industry and its illegality.
DuoDuo’s Chinese team members and friends are at the rescue site. We will try to help as much as we can. We will keep you posted on the progress.
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