Animal activists rescued 62 dogs from a Chinese slaughterhouse ahead of this year's Yulin festival, which sees thousands of dogs being killed and eaten every year.
By, 26 Jun 2019
Davide Acito is part of Action Project Animal Association, a rescue charity that works with Chinese activists in the fight against this cruel and barbaric practice.
After receiving a tip-off from concerned locals, Davide and the team found the 62 pooches living in shocking conditions and just a few days away from being slaughtered.
A disturbing discovery
Disturbing footage shows dozens of dogs crammed into tiny cages, with many displaying signs of dehydration, malnourishment, and serious diseases.
Several dogs are still wearing collars and tags, confirming suspicions that cruel dog meat traders are stealing family pets in preparation for the so-called "festival."
One of the Chinese rescuers, who wanted to remain anonymous, said:
“We want the world to see the horrors of China's dog meat trade of which Yulin is typical, and for dog lovers everywhere to stand up against this terrible cruelty."
Yulin began back in 2009. It lasts for ten days and between 10,000-15,000 dogs are consumed every year, although event organisers say the number has decreased significantly since 2015.
Unsurprisingly, the festival attracts condemnation from animal rights groups all over the world, as well as a growing number of Chinese charities fighting to change cultural attitudes towards dog meat.
The dog meat trade is on the decline
The Chinese have eaten dog meat for over 4,000 years, but many have realised it's time to move on from this outdated practice. Resistance to the dog meat trade is particularly strong among China's young people and burgeoning middle class, giving dog lovers all over the world hope for the future.
The 62 rescue dogs are currently receiving veterinary treatment. They'll soon be put up for adoption in China, while some are set to find homes in the US.