Sent: Sunday, October 24, 2010 7:08 PM
Subject: Woman acts after
spotting 12 dogs heading for chopping block
Woman acts after spotting 12 dogs heading for chopping block
PETS heading for dinner table prompts Beijinger to take
Twelve large dogs that were destined for the dinner table
began new lives on Wednesday after a Beijing woman saved them.
were among 60 dogs being transported in appalling conditions by dog dealers
in the Inner Mongolia autonomous region.
Despite the best efforts of
Li Jiahui, the other 48 dogs in the group were not so lucky.
is a vegetarian and who has a former stray dog as a pet, was in Inner
Mongolia with friends when she encountered the dogs while driving on the
Linhe section of the Beijing-Tibet expressway on Sept 30.
"I saw a
medium-sized truck running in front of my car carrying dozens of large dogs
in a cage," Li told METRO.
"The cage was absolutely tiny and they
were all piled up on top of each other, stepping on each others' bodies. I
could tell some of the dogs were dying."
Outraged, Li called police
in Linhe city, who stopped the truck at a nearby toll station and questioned
Li said she had a good look at the dogs and could see
many of them were wearing collars, suggesting they had been pets.
said the owner of the truck, a man named Jiang Zongjin, told her he was
taking the 60 dogs from Yinchuan, the Ningxia Hui autonomous region, to a
kennel in Linhe where he would sell them for 100 yuan each. He said they
would then be resold to nearby restaurants.
With help from the
police, Luo Ronggui, the owner of a nearby kennels, agreed to look after the
dogs temporarily while they waited for the Beijing-based China Small Animal
Protection Association (CSAPA) to intervene and buy them.
the time the dogs arrived at Luo's kennels, 15 of the 60 were dead.
And when the CSAPA and the police got in touch with Luo after the National
Day holiday, Luo said only 21 dogs were still alive and he said they had
been repossessed by Jiang who had taken them back to Yinchuan. Li said Jiang
insisted he would not sell the 21 remaining dogs to the CSAPA for less than
Upon their arrival at Linhe on Monday, CSAPA staff found
only 12 dogs remained. They struck a deal to buy them for 4,200 yuan and
take them to Beijing.
Li said it was tragic that only one-fifth of
the dogs could be saved and she called on people to pay more attention to
the living conditions of small animals in China.
Zhou Runrun, who
works for CSAPA, told METRO the association receives calls appealing for
help to save small animals every day. During incidents such as the one
involving Li, they can only get things done with help from the police.
"Dog dealers are irresponsible," she said. "But the police can do
nothing more than talk to them because of a lack of relevant laws."
Zhou said there are no regulations governing acceptable conditions for
transporting dogs and there are no laws about the quarantine inspection
standards for dogs because they are not recognized as edible animals. In
addition, there is not an animal protection law.
"All we can do right
now is buy them from the dealers," she said.
-China Daily/Asia News