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150 dogs rescued from Meat Market, China
South China Morning Post


Sichuan officials rescue 150 dogs after tip-off from activist

by Kelly Chan
Jan 02, 2009

Some 150 dogs destined for the chopping block at a Guangzhou meat market were seized by officials in Sichuan this week following a tip-off from a Chengdu animal-rescue centre.

The Hong Kong-based Animals Asia Foundation said it was the first time a mainland authority had taken the initiative to save dogs from markets.

Jill Robinson, the foundation's founder and chief executive officer, said that following Wednesday's rescue, its staff took 149 dogs back to its Qiming rescue centre in Chengdu for medical care and quarantine. One dog with distemper was put down.

Ms Robinson said the animals may have been starved for days in cages. Many had been tied up with rusty wire.

"I hate to think how long they had been in those cages," she said. "We heard terrible screams coming from some of the cages, where terrified dogs were biting each other ... a couple of dogs were extremely thin - they are like skeletons," Ms Robinson said.

She said some of the dogs may be stolen pets because they were wearing collars. There were several purebreds, including two Dalmatians and a Labrador.

Ms Robinson said that even though the number of dogs saved in the operation was "a drop in the ocean" compared to the estimated 20 million killed on the mainland for food each year, the government's effort against the unlicensed trader was a "good omen".

Mainland animal welfare groups were also launching campaigns in cities to stop the transport of cats to Guangzhou markets and to ask people not to eat cats and dogs, she said.

"It's a shift towards animal rights," Ms Robinson said, referring to changing public attitudes towards eating dog and cats. "People protest on streets to appeal for animal rights and we can conduct animal therapy programmes in hospitals and schools ... it's changing."

She said that with more education in schools, eating dog meat would become a thing of the past.

Animal-rights activists have tried to educate Guangdong diners to wean them off eating cats, dogs and wild animals - for which they are notorious - and to get them to change their inhumane cooking methods.

In mid-December, Beijing cat lovers handed in a petition at the southern province's office in the capital calling for cats to be taken off the menu.

The petition was in response to reports that netizens in Nanjing, Jiangsu province, had tried in vain to stop 5,000 cats being transported to Guangzhou markets from the Jiangsu capital because the transport company was able to produce permits and licences.

The news prompted protests in Nanning, capital of the Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region bordering Guangdong. Dozens of members of a group looking after stray cats displayed banners and chanted slogans in the city centre seeking a ban on eating cat meat.

Some Guangdong residents have taken up the anti-cat meat cause.

According to Guangzhou's New Express, 100 cat-loving netizens sneaked into a railway station last month to protest after they had heard 1,000 stolen cats had been delivered for slaughter and consumption.

"I have a dream that Guangdong people will never love eating cat meat again," the newspaper quoted one protester as saying.
posted by maria daines on Sun Jan 4, 2009 @ 11:36 AM     9 comments    post a comment
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Thank you Tony, you are so right! I think it is an almost impossible task to expect human beings to give animals complete protection from exploitation in all forms but little by little I think we can make a difference, it's so kind of you to reply in this blog, I love the feedback, thank you again for caring.

Best wishes
Maria smile :)
:: posted by maria daines on Sun Jan 4, 2009 @ 04:37 PM   
What an incredible story.

You know Maria, I belong to the minority of people (at least in Europe) growing up as veggies. My family decided in the 1920s when there was a strong vegetarian movement to join. And funny enough the whole family stayed veggie, close to a 100 years now.
Well, we all have to have our little revolutions growing up, so did I. Tried all sorts of meat, it simply didn´t taste, so I quit. Then my thought was: MAN first, meaning: Is it really time to take care of the life of animals while we continue to kill each other, while children starve?
I still think this is true, but at the same time today I think it´a decision of every human being individually!
Killing people (no matter under which circumstances) No way!
Letting people starve while our government spent billions to save the economy? What kind of civilization is this?
Eat dogs? You can imagine the answer!
Eat pigs or chicken or fish? Well again, you know my personal answer, also because to me it´s pretty similar to kill a dog or a cow!
But at the same time I am rather happy to have reached a stage where I say. Well, this is my decision, my opinion, and I will never blame anyone for not sharing this (My wife doesn´t, my children don´t, but they are still the people I love most in this world)

I do like to think though that it is worth thinking about what we eat, about sending young folks to wars in countries they never heard of before, about the different tastes of people in different corners of the worlds.
Cheers Maria and have a great 2009!

:: posted by frankfurtdialogcompany on Mon Jan 5, 2009 @ 10:16 AM   
Good news for anyone who loves animals, or at least anyone who loves dogs, or cats. Thanks for sharing this. *pets the critters*
:: posted by Dreamlight on Mon Jan 5, 2009 @ 08:25 PM   
Thank you so much Andreas and Dreamlight, it's great to hear from you and thank you for taking the time to write your thoughts and comments, happy New Year and all my best to you smile :)

Love from Maria xx
:: posted by maria daines on Tue Jan 6, 2009 @ 08:37 PM   
you know, my father was a good man, loved our many pets, yet he used to make jokes about hiding the cats and dogs when we were having chinese food for dinner. i grew up thinking they were just jokes. who would actually eat a dog or cat...i'm 47 years old, have traveled the world including many 3rd world countries, have been to open markets with many birts, even rats hanging as food (fly covered...) never a dog or a cat. suffice it to say that i read this with great wide eyes - at a moment speechless and in dismay. it would be cowardess to turn my back on this huge huge - ah - thing that is being done. and we held the olympics there. well it should come as no surprize to me as i've witnessed the way some chinese (gov't) treat people as in tibet, darfur, etc. animal abuse is equivelent to people abuse in so many ways. cats and dogs have no way to defend themselves. i'm repulsed. thank you for shedding light on this -i don't know even what to call it - thing - i guess for all my travels and culture, i still have a lot to learn.

love and peace---jd
:: posted by joycedavis on Sat Jan 10, 2009 @ 01:18 PM   
i should say that i don't mean to say that the chinese people are murderers - i merely made an observation that the gov't has been involved in many injustices and humanitarian crimes. and i guess the culture of the chinese who do eat cats and dogs, well, that's culture - but take it off the menu? i say now! educate. like people have commented, we probably can't get all people to stop killing animals for food when there are plenty other ways to get protien, but we can try... :-)

note: sorry for all my comments, i am just blown away by the magnitude of this story. -jd
:: posted by joycedavis on Sat Jan 10, 2009 @ 01:24 PM   
Dear Joyce,

thank you so much for taking the time to read my blog and for your wonderful supportive messages. You are a good person and I'm honoured to know you. Here are 3 links with more info on this terrible trade in dogs and cats (they are not only used for food in China but also for fur products, 85 per cent of the world's fur and fur trim comes from China where there is no animal welfare law!) You can help by putting a link to Animals Asia on your soundclick and myspace, I have a banner if you want it, here's the links and you will be amazed when you see the pictures of the dog rescue on the Animals Asia website, it is so uplifting! I have utmost respect for Jill Robinson and her volunteers, without her these poor dogs would be gone now.

My best to you as always, love from Maria xx

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:: posted by maria daines on Sun Jan 11, 2009 @ 03:58 PM   
Hey there M&P stopping by to say hello.Hope all is well in your world and times are good for you and your family. Have a great weekend
:: posted by Swampman on Sat Jan 24, 2009 @ 05:34 PM   
Its a sick reality & an eye opener, only educating the innocent youth, l believe would have a possible positive impact.
Great job Maria & Paul tx for all the exposure you bring to these causes & the very sad reality taking place. L&P Always Debra kgtf
:: posted by ms 007 on Fri Aug 3, 2012 @ 05:21 AM   
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