Mobs Of People Stop Truck Carrying 300 Dogs To Slaughter

Mobs Of People Stop Truck Carrying 300 Dogs To Slaughter
By Zainab Akande
Jul. 27, 2016

For more than 10 hours, 300 dogs sat in filthy cages.

It was incredibly hot. Many were hungry, dehydrated and in pain — from illness, injury and the sheer discomfort of being packed into such small spaces. They were crammed side by side together as if they were simply cargo.

 

Even more disheartening, there was a chance that the suffering of these dogs might have never been known — after all, they were well-hidden within the confines of a dog meat truck.

 

On the warm evening of July 23, Chinese citizens spotted the truck, which originated in the Shandong province, on the road and were quick to realize its final destination: a dog meat market located in the Jilin province of northeastern China. Citizens then took to WeChat, a popular messaging and calling app, to inform advocates in Qinhuangdao.

The race to save all 300 from being butchered was on.

 

Peter Li, Chinese policy specialist with Humane Society International (HSI), told The Dodo that no dog trucks had ever been stopped before reaching Jilin, which is China’s second largest dog meat market — until now.

Animal welfare advocates nearby were quick to get on the road and tail the truck while reporting it to law enforcement. While dog meat consumption is legal China, officers were called to investigate whether or not the dogs on board all had health certificates for transportation.

They were soon joined by advocates from China Animal Protection Power (CAPP), a coalition of Chinese groups fighting the dog meat industry founded with the assistance of HSI.

 

The truck carrying the dogs was eventually stopped as soon as it reached the Liaoning province by police officers and, after a two-hour dialogue between the truck driver, animal welfare advocates and police officers, they were able to get the truck driver to agree to hand over all 300 dogs.

“Police confiscated all of the dogs, with zero compensation to the traders, and placed them in the care of the activists,” Li said in a statement. “This was the first major highway rescue after last month’s Yulin dog meat festival, and the first one in Liaoning since January 2015.”

According to Li, several of the dogs rescued looked like typical pet dogs or rural guard dogs — they were obviously familiar with human contact and were eager to be touched once they were freed from the prison that was the truck.

“China does not have dog farms,” Li said. “The majority of the dogs slaughtered for food are believed to be stolen pets or stray dogs.” Li told The Dodo that dog meat traders in Jilin, which has a large Korean population, have used Korean culture as a defense for procuring and consuming dog meat.

“The perception is that ethnic Koreans eat dog meat as a cultural food choice,” Li told The Dodo. “This is not necessarily true. Like the rest of Chinese, ethnic Koreans do not eat dog meat in the same way they eat pork or fish. Dog meat consumption in Jilin as it is in Korea is very tiny, not a household food. However, the Han Chinese dog meat traders, in order to promote their business and create demand for dog meat, have been known to exaggerate ethnic Korean fondness for dog meat.”

The rescued dogs are now undergoing veterinary care and will be put up for adoption in homes mostly in China.

Lucky, a female dog and suspected stolen pet, was initially covered in insects. This is a photo of her after receiving emergency veterinary care.

“This successful rescue is a huge encouragement to animal activists throughout the country,” Li said in the statement.”It showed that the dog meat trade can be stopped if law enforcement strictly enforces the country’s laws.”

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Success! Tomi The Caged Bear Moving To A Sanctuary | Care2 Causes

 

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For two years, Tomi the bear has been kept in a tiny cage outside a run-down restaurant in the mountains of Albania.

He is there because business just wasn’t going well for the owner of the restaurant, situated in beautiful mountains 40 miles north of the capital Tirana, and so two years ago this man decided to add Tomi as a tourist attraction, to help build his business.

Tomi used to roam the nearby mountains, and the restaurant owner paid a veterinarian to shoot the brown bear with a tranquilizer gun and bring him back to the restaurant, where he was stuck in a 20ft by 10ft cage. Business boomed as diners watched the animal and also fed him junk food.
When Lisa Martin heard about this, she was appalled and decided to create a Care2 petition.

As she read more about Tomi’s situation, she discovered that the brown bear was in fact dependent on the generosity of visitors to feed him scraps of food, and that his “owner” sometimes forgot to even give him water. Click here to see more photos of the atrocious conditions and the life this bear has been subjected to.

He was also displaying disturbing behavior such as chewing his limbs and twisting himself up into knots.

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Martin created her petition, which read:

“Please sign and help get Tomi out of this hell hole.

This is cruelty and Tomi needs to live in a sanctuary away from this awful place.”

More than 75,000 awesome Care2 members signed up to help free Tomi.

As a result, here is Martin’s most recent posting:

“It worked!! We would like to inform you that the Albanian authorities have taken the appropriate measures to protect the bear and move Tomi to a Kosovo sanctuary, which caters to the needs of Brown bears who have suffered cruelty. Tomi will be going to the sanctuary in Oct.”

Thank you, Lisa Martin, and all the Care2 members who signed her petition.

Care2 activists were joined by numerous animal welfare websites and other concerned animal lovers who contacted the Albanian Embassy in the U.K. to urge the government to take action to free Tomi.

Albania’s Environment Minister, Lefter Koka, said Tomi would be moved to Bear Sanctuary Prishtina in Kosovo in October. The sanctuary specializes in the care of brown bears previously subjected to appalling cruelty.

 

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Tomi is not alone, however. Sadly, it’s estimated that there may be as many as 80 brown bears in cages throughout Albania being used to attract visitors.

This is in spite of the fact that the brown bear is protected by law in Albania, and it’s illegal to keep one of these animals.

But how does watching an unhappy, underfed, depressed bear in a cage make for a good tourist experience? And more importantly, when will humans stop exploiting animals for their own profit?

Lisa Martin started her Care2 petition because she was outraged at the injustice of Tomi in his tiny cage.

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PETITION  UPDATE: Urgent Call to Action for Marley

 

Operation Save Marley
by Please Help Marley · 157,141 supporters
PETITION UPDATE

URGENT Call to Action for Marley

Please Help Marley

JUL 28, 2016 — CALL TO ACTION #1
We need everyone on board for this, this could be what saves his life. We can do this!!!

1)Email the County Commissioners and let them know how you feel about this issue. Stay polite and professional! http://www.co.bay.fl.us/bocc.php

2) Call ANY Florida State House Representatives or Senators | Jay Trumbull Phone: (850) 717-5006 Don Gaetz Phone: (850) 487-5001 Gwen Graham Phone: (202) 225-5235 William Clarence Nelson Phone: (202) 224-5274 Marco Rubio Phone: (202) 224-3041 Ask that they reach out to Bay County and have Marley returned back to his family and a combat veteran

3) Contact local media(newspapers,tv and radio) and get them involved. This shouldn’t be happening, over 150,000 people understand something is wrong!

4)Reach out to regional and local media near Marley and ask for them to get involved. Panama City, Florida is the location.

Email us with how things went! pleasehelpmarley@gmail.com

LINK: http://www.rrta.org/petitions/unresolved-petitions/call-to-action-marley-in-florida/

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