Stolen dogs ‘waiting to be butchered and turned into grab-and-go meals’ are rescued outside a kitchen in China
- Eight dogs, including five puppies, were saved from a filthy yard last Friday
- They had allegedly been snatched by an illegal street vendor to cook takeaways
- The man planned to turn them into dishes advertised as lamb or beef, it is said
- Comes after state media urged Beijing to pass its first animal protection law
Eight dogs destined to be slaughtered and turned into grab-and-go meals have been saved outside a kitchen in central China, according to reports.
The rescued animals, including five puppies, had allegedly been stolen by an illegal street vendor who was accused of killing dogs ‘around the year’.
The man was planning to butcher the dogs and make them into ready meals falsely advertised as lamb or beef dishes, animal lovers have claimed.
Footage released by Chinese media show dogs being kept in a filthy yard in Zhengzhou, central China’s Henan, as they reportedly waited to be slaughtered and made into ready meals
The news comes as Chinese animal welfare organisations, activists as well as state-run media outlets are urging the country’s leaders to pass their first law against animal abuse.
It also comes after two Chinese cities, Shenzhen and Zhuhai, banned residents from eating dogs and cats in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
The Chinese Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs has signalled that it could ban dog meat from the dinner table nationwide after classifying dogs as companion animals instead of farm animals in May. However, no official directive has been issued yet.
The group of dogs were spotted in a filthy yard on Friday in the city of Zhengzhou in Henan Province, reported Beijing Youth Daily, the official outlet of the Communist Youth League committee in Beijing.
According to animal lovers who went to rescue the dog, the yard was part of a kitchen facility and run by a street food vendor who ‘kills dogs around the year’.
One of them cited neighbours and said that the merchant, who did not have a license to run a food stall, stole dogs nightly to support his business.
The video also shows the food vendor (right) admitting to not having a business license after being confronted by several people. He shouted at animal overs ‘who gives you the authority’
Footage released by Pear Video appears to show one brown dog bound by iron wires sitting on the ground and another white dog standing in a corner in the grotty space.
The video also shows the man admitting to not having a business license after being confronted by several people.
He then tried to fend off the rescuers by challenging them ‘who gives you the authority’ and ‘there are many people who sell grab-and-go meals’.
Urban management officers were reportedly called to the scene and asked the man to write a letter promising never to kill dogs again. The man was let go subsequently without punishment, it is reported.
Animal lovers have taken into their care all of the dogs found in the yard, including three adult dogs and five puppies.
Animal lovers saved all of the eight doors found in the yard including the one pictured above
The news is the latest reflection of a gap in the Chinese legal system, which leaves pets and other small animals unprotected from cruelty.
While China has laws to safeguard land-based and aquatic wildlife, it currently lacks legislation to protect animal welfare or prevent animal abuse.
China’s Central Television last week called on the government to pass the country’s first animal protection law ‘as soon as possible’ in a rare move from an official media outlet.
China’s state TV last week urged authorities to give small animals legal protection in a commentary on social media. Pictured, a woman is pictured with her dog in China on March 6
The state-run TV station made the appeal after a man was caught killing a stray cat with boiling water on the street.
Such a law can potentially prevent around 10million dogs being killed for their meat every year in the nation.
Animal welfare remains a sensitive topic in China, partially due to the international uproar over the Yulin Dog Meat Festival.
The annual activity is one of the most controversial food festivals in the world and sees thousands of dogs cruelly killed, skinned and cooked with blow-torches before being eaten by the locals to celebrate the summer solstice.
Despite official moves and concerns over the transmission of COVID-19, this year’s Yulin dog meat festival opened ‘as usual’ in June in the southern province of Guangxi, according to sources.
No law prevents people from abusing animals in China
Chinese activists have been urging for a law to protect the welfare of animals for years
While China has laws to safeguard land-based and aquatic wildlife, it currently lacks legislation to protect animal welfare or to prevent cruelty towards animals.
In September 2009, animal rights activists and legal experts began circulating a draft Law on the Protection of Animals and in 2010, a draft Law on the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals for the State Council’s consideration, according to Human Rights in China, a Chinese non-governmental organisation based in New York.
The draft proposes a fine of up to 6,000 yuan (£693) and two weeks’ detention for those found guilty of animal cruelty, according to China Daily. However, to this day, no progress has been made.
While the country’s first-ever legislation protecting animal welfare has yet to be adopted, the increasing cases of animal abandonment and serious cruelty towards animals such as the killing of dogs and burning of cats have led to serious resentment within society.
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