Dogs trapped on ‘truck from hell’ rescued before being slaughtered for meat festival – World News

Video footage from animal rights group NoToDogMeat shows activists and police stopping a truck at a checkpoint yesterday as it was traveling from Xi’an in China to the festival

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Animal rights activists say they rescued dozens of dogs stuck on a “truck from hell” before they were sent to be slaughtered at a festival in southwest China.

Thousands of dogs and other animals will be turned into delicacies at Yulin’s controversial Lychee and Dog Meat Festival, set to begin June 22 Daily Star reports.

A video shared by animal rights group NoToDogMeat reportedly shows activists and police officers stopping the truck at a checkpoint in central China yesterday as it was driving from Xi’an’s Gaoling district to the festival.

As officers question the driver at the side of the road, dogs can be heard barking from small boxes while activists try to give them water.

The dogs were reportedly kept in tiny crates with no water


Yulin Dog Rescue)

NoToDogMeat said the truck illegally transported the dogs and has since been impounded.

It added that the dogs will soon be handed over to activists who will ensure they receive veterinary care and a safe home.

This comes after the activists’ colleagues blew up another truck that was meant to sent 2,000 dogs from central China to Yulin last week.

The operation began earlier this week when rescuers from NoToDogMeat spotted a truck loaded with hundreds of distressed dogs conducting surveillance in a village near the city of Hebei.

Rescuer Zhao begged the workers to spare some of the dogs, but was told that unless he could raise a significant sum of money, their fate would be sealed.

Activists tried to give the dogs water when the driver was questioned by officers


Yulin Dog Rescue)

Mr Zhao, 45, who runs NoToDogMeat animal shelters in Beijing and Hebei, which currently houses around 700 rescued dogs, said: “It has taken a long time and a lot of work to identify the truck, but we are hoping for a positive outcome .

“You shouldn’t travel, and Yulin shouldn’t continue.

“This rescue was a team effort with multiple activists from multiple organizations all coming together to stop this horrific trade and cruelty.”

Julia de Cadenet, founder of NoToDogMeat, said: “It is the Chinese activists and grassroots charities that risk acting in these situations. Mr. Zhao is a superhero.

“As a charity, we have very few resources, but we always do our best to respond quickly to any information we receive to help these poor dogs, many of whom will become people’s stolen pets.”

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