Activists pay £8.200 to rescue 800 dogs intended for restaurants in China
83,000 yuan (over £8.200) paid two animal protection organization to trader to free animals intended for restaurants in Southwest China's Sichuan province.
The animal organizations managed to rescue nearly 800 dogs that were meant to be delivered to restaurants in South China's Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region. The deal was clinched in the city of Zigong last Saturday night after two-days of negotiations. One of the employees working for Sichuan Qiming Companion Animal Protection Center (SCAPC), a Chengdu-based animal welfare organization, told China Daily that the money was paid for humanitarian reasons and not used to buy the dogs. The SCAPC and the Love of Home Animal Rescue Center (LHARC) in Chengdu would not have paid the dog trader Tang Daguo a cent if they had not taken into consideration his economic plight. The deal was clinched between the SCAPC and LHARC with the help of Gongjing district.
The dog trader has now promised to give up dog trading. According to the China Daily, the initiator of the dog-rescue campaign said none of the volunteers felt it was reasonable to pay the dog trader but they ran out of choices during the standoff as dogs were dying in the truck. Dog lovers found caged dogs were being loaded on two trucks and two tricycles in a village on Friday evening. When they and their supporters arrived at the scene, one truck with about 500 dogs left the scene, but they managed to stop another truck and the two tricycles.
The dogs are now being cared for by the SCAPC and LHARC in Chengdu.
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Text source: China Daily, image source: flickr.com