Animal rights activists in China have rescued nearly 500 dogs destined
for the dinner table after stopping a truck carrying the animals.
They bought the dogs from the lorry driver for $18,000 (�11,000)
following a stand-off by the roadside involving the police.
The animals are now recovering at a compound on the outskirts of Beijing
and at a number of animal hospitals around the city.
The incident illustrates how a growing number of Chinese people now view
dogs - and cats - as pets rather than protein.
After 15-hour standoff, activists rescue 580 dogs - a sign of China's
growing animal activism
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
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
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).
Update-Breaking News - Animal protectors stopped a truck carrying
hundreds of dogs from Beijing to the Northeast Highway.
April 16, 2011
protectors stopped a truck carrying hundreds of dogs from Beijing to the
Over 500 caged dogs in a truck have been rescued
successfully on April the
16th-17th 2011, after around 15 hours of long
negotiation between police,
quarantine inspectors, truck drivers, and
animal protection volunteers, from
yesterday afternoon to early this
morning. 100000.00 RMB has been paid to
the truck driver (~US$15000.00),
the 500 dogs have now been released into
the warm hearted animal lovers'
hand in Beijing, and the dogs are being sent
to the vet to have a heath
Future, we still have long way to go, let's go together!
Great thanks and appreciations go to the media, the animal protection
volunteers from various protection groups, the government officers, and the
Link of BTV: <http://www.tudou.com/programs/view/SDOPec3sTt0/>
Friday, April 15, 2011
This afternoon, a group of
animal protectors stopped a truck carrying
hundreds of dogs from Beijing
to the Northeast.
Several of the dogs were already dead, the
remainder were suffering in the
heat and cramped conditions.
Activists arrived on the scene and immediately began providing relief to the
dogs, dousing the truck with water and checking the conditions of the dogs.
Activists and relevant authorities are currently negotiating with
drivers of the truck to have the dogs released into the care of
Up-to-the-minute updates can be seen
at this Sina Microblog: <http://t.sina.
Huo Xian Exit (about 15 minutes by car from