Press Esc to close

Chinese rights activists save 520 dogs from butcher's scalpel

Last updated: 18 April, 2011
Beijing, Apr 18, (PTI): 13:42 IST

In a rare show of public activism in China, over 200 internet savvy animal rights activists waylaid a truck and rescued 520 dogs en route to a slaughter house.

Alerted on their microblog networks by a fellow activist who forced the truck to stop, the activists rushed to the Tongzhou section of Beijing-Harbin expressway and blocked the vehicle from moving for over 15 hours.

After seeing the blog, hundreds of animal activists began arriving at the scene with mineral water and food. Some celebrities and foreigners were also rumoured to have shown up, official 'Global Times' reported.

Their presence jammed the highway temporarily and forced police to shut down a nearby exit, the report said. The "seize" ended after police brought about a compromise following which an environmental conservation foundation agreed to partly fund to buy the dogs for about 115,000 yuan (USD 17,606).

Problem arose because police found the truck had all the necessary paperwork, including animal quarantine and immunity for the dogs and sale of dog meat is legal in China. After all the fracas the angry truck driver retorted "I transported dogs as (I would) pigs, cows and sheep. The country dose not ban the consumption of dog meat," Hao said, adding that the dogs were purchased from their breeders, not stolen.

Qin Xiaona, director of the Capital Animal Welfare Association (CAWA), who rushed to the spot called the move "a brave act," adding that "society should encourage such moves, despite their risks."

Zhu Feng, a volunteer and a veterinarian who works in an animal hospital and saw the dogs, told the 'Global Times' that most of the dogs were in a serious condition. The online activism, which is on the rise is also making Chinese officials wary of the country's 450 million users internet with a network of over 100 million microblogers.

The move by rights activists also sparked an online debate among the internet users, which has about 450 million users and about 100 million microblogers. An online poll also showed that about 69 per cent of about 7,000 voters did not support the activists. "One group's love and kindness should not violate others' freedom, rights and interests, otherwise, they would become evil," Lian Yue, a columnist, said on his microblog.

Despite demand for dog meat, more and more Chinese are increasingly turning to pet care with dogs emerging as favourites. So much so that cities like Shanghai have already imposed one dog policy to restrict their numbers.

There was such enthusiasm for dogs in the recent years that one dog lover bought a Tibetan Mastiff, a rare hefty mountain dog bred in Tibet for three million Yuan (USD 450,600) creating a record of sorts.

Go to Top

More from this section
Most trending stories
Photo Gallery
Miss World 2017 Manushi Chhillar and actor Rekha pose for a picture...

Miss World 2017 Manushi Chhillar and actor Rekha pose for a picture...

Actor Sunny Leone gives her measurement for her wax statue to be displayed at Madame Tussauds...

Actor Sunny Leone gives her measurement for her wax statue to be displayed at Madame Tussauds...

A woman dries red chillies at a field in a village near Jodhpur on Thursday....

A woman dries red chillies at a field in a village near Jodhpur on Thursday....

Pope Francis holds a cross that reads in Spanish

Pope Francis holds a cross that reads in Spanish "I give you my peace" upon arrival...

A villager displays a mortar shell allegedly fired on a residential area from the Pakistan...

A villager displays a mortar shell allegedly fired on a residential area from the Pakistan...

A contingent of Territorial Army wait during the Republic Day parade rehearsal at Rajpath...

A contingent of Territorial Army wait during the Republic Day parade rehearsal at Rajpath...

'Boyevaya Machine Pekhoty' tanks seen at Vijay Chowk during the Republic Day parade rehearsal...

'Boyevaya Machine Pekhoty' tanks seen at Vijay Chowk during the Republic Day parade rehearsal...

Artists paint an idol of Goddess Saraswati at a workshop in Amritsar on Thursday...

Artists paint an idol of Goddess Saraswati at a workshop in Amritsar on Thursday...

Cranes lift a Boeing 737-800 of Turkey's Pegasus Airlines in Trabzon, Turkey...

Cranes lift a Boeing 737-800 of Turkey's Pegasus Airlines in Trabzon, Turkey...

Tableaux artists rehearse for the upcoming Republic Day parade at Rajpath in New Delhi...

Tableaux artists rehearse for the upcoming Republic Day parade at Rajpath in New Delhi...

Like us on Facebook

Copyright 2017, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bengaluru - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523
Powered by Yodasoft Technologies Pvt. Ltd.