Pets kept in ‘hell truck’ waiting to be slaughtered for Dog Meat Festival are rescued
Rescuers rescued dozens of dogs on a ‘hell truck’ before they were sent to be ‘turned into soup’ at a sick festival.
The controversial Yulin Lychee and Dog Meat Festival, which is due to start on June 22 and will see thousands of captured dogs and strays being burned and cooked in exotic delicacies in southwest China.
A video shared by animal charity NoToDogMeat shows activists and police stopping a truck at a checkpoint as it headed from Xi’an’s Gaoling district towards the Barbaric Torture Festival on Saturday 18 June.
The truck is carrying hundreds of terrified mutts who have been rounded up from villages and kept in tiny crates for days without water or food.
As officers question the driver on the side of the road, the desperate canines bark and scream for help as volunteers attempt to bring them water to keep them hydrated.
According to the animal rights group, the truck has been seized and the illegally transported dogs will soon be handed over to activists, who will then give the dogs veterinary care and a safe home.
It comes after fellow activists smashed another truck, which was meant to send 2,000 dogs from central China to Yulin last week.
The operation began earlier this week when, during a lookout in a village near Hebei city, NoToDogMeat rescuers discovered a truck loaded with hundreds of desperate dogs.
Rescuer Zhao begged the workers to spare some of the dogs, but was told that unless he could find a large sum of money, their fate would be sealed.
Mr Zhao, 45, who runs NoToDogMeat shelters in Beijing and Hebei, which currently house around 700 rescued dogs, said: “It took a long time and a lot of work to identify the truck, but we are hoping for a result. positive.
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“They shouldn’t travel and Yulin shouldn’t go on.
“This rescue was a team effort with multiple activists from multiple organizations all united to stop this horrible trade and cruelty.”
Julia de Cadenet, founder of NoToDogMeat, said: “It is Chinese activists and grassroots charities who take the risk to act in these situations. Mr. Zhao is a superhero.
“As a charity, we have very few resources, but we always do our best to act quickly on the information we receive, to help these poor dogs, many of whom will be the stolen pets.”