More than 1,100 dogs in China are waiting for new homes
rescued from the slaughterhouse last week with the help of a blogger, who helped authorities intercept the animals while they were being
transported in deplorable conditions for the purpose of human consumption, China
The dogs were being shipped from Southwest China's Chonguing
province to a slaughterhouse in Guandong province, a journey which would have
left the dogs
crammed into cages without food and water for 22 hours, according
to the Daily Mail.
Luckily, a 40-year-old blogger and volunteer for the
Chongqing Small Animal Protection Association who goes by name Peng
spotted the dogs being shipped in stacked cages on a flatbed truck and posted a
plea online to save them, China Daily reports.
Peng's blog post tipped off animal
activists and local law enforcement officials who were able to intercept the
dogs, which were then taken to a pig farm in Southwest China for emergency care,
according to China Daily.
A donor has since offered a 1,000 square meter
warehouse to house the animals while they are nursed back to health. Local
animal lovers have also donated enough food to feed the dogs for the next 20 to
Now, volunteer activists for the Chongqing Small Animal Protection
Association are searching for new homes for the animals, but say finding
suitable homes for more than 1,000 dogs seems to be an impossible task.
Mingcai, head of the Chongqing Small Animal Protection Association, estimated
that 20 percent of the animals will be adopted locally. But the remaining dogs
800 will still need more space to live comfortably until a permanent situation
can be found.
"Now I am thinking about calling for more social donations to
build dog houses," Chen told China Daily.
While consumption of dog meat is
banned in most countries, some people in China, Indonesia, Vietnam, South Korea,
Mexico, Taiwan and the Philippines still consider the meat a delicacy. In these
countries, dog meat can be found on many restaurant menus,
according to Action for Our Planet.
But in China, where the consumption of dog meat has occurred
in some areas for thousands of years,
a growing animals rights movement has led to more activists to push authorities
to crack down on the practice, the
Associated Press reports.
Last April, around 200 people blockaded a truck
carrying dogs to the slaughterhouse for 15 hours until they were able to
negotiate the animals' release for $17,000,
according to the Associated Press.
In September, for the first time in 600 years, residents of Qianxi, China,
were banned from holding an ancient dog-eating festival after public outrage
erupted on the Internet, according to The New York Times.
"I believe China is
going through a Chinese animal liberation movement, a bottom-up movement,
gaining huge momentum in the past year, very much with the help of the Internet
and [Chinese social networking site] Weibo, together with the younger generation
growing up with cats and dogs as family pets," Deborah Cao, a professor at
Griffith University in Australia who studies animal rights law, told The New
York Times last year.