A truck load of stolen dogs headed for certain slaughter in the Chinese meat trade have been rescued by staff from the NoToDogMeat NGO.
The daring Beijing Expressway rescue was carried out last night (03/09/23), after NoToDogMeat Hebei shelter manager Xin Qi Zhao received an SOS call to say that an illegal cargo had been spotted in the Tongzhou district.
In footage captured by Mr Zhao and his team, the terrified dogs are eerily quiet, and the campaigners can be seen giving them water through the bars of the cages.
Former pets such as samoyeds and golden retrievers peer out through the crates, the victims of cruel butchers and traffickers who round them up for unsanitary slaughter.
Mr Zhao, 45, said: “I dropped everything and made my way there with a volunteer. The driver admitted he was transporting goods with no license and the truck was stolen.
“Even though there is no formal law to stop dogs being transported by truck, all drivers need paperwork to be shown at checkpoints.”
The incident is ongoing, but the dogs have now been released into the care of campaigners who we have helped put them into a temporary yard.
All the dogs will now need to stay there for 21 days quarantine.
The dogs originally came from Fangshou village in Zhouzhou which has been affected by the recent floods.
Campaigners on the ground say that a trader took advantage of the flood to steal dogs and round up strays, which were on a truck heading north on the freeway.
Earlier this year the NoToDogMeat team rescued 60 animals from the barbarically summer solstice Yulin Dog Meat festival, where animals are slaughtered in the streets.
Charity CEO Julia de Cadenet, said: “This is an ongoing breaking story and further proof the demand for dog meat is year long business and not just at Yulin.
“Nothing seems to stop the unscrupulous traders not even the recent flooding.
We are hoping in the next few months to equip a mobile animal ambulance as these kind of emergencies we need transport and supplies to help the poor abused stolen dogs.
“We are still frustrated that Beijing will not act to enforce animal welfare laws”
The NoToDogMeat charity started in 2009 when Julia witnessed for herself the horrors of the dog meat trade, and now holds United Nations Special Consultative Status.
The charity has two shelters in Beijing and Hebei China, and also has operations in Cambodia and the Philippines, working with local people who want to make a difference.
To donate to NoToDogMeat go to https://www.totalgiving.co.uk/charity/notodogmeat
To find out more about the charity go to www.NoToDogMeat.com