Dramatic week of action in China as NoToDogMeat activists stage protests and rescues – and why your help is urgently needed

NoToDogMeat has had a very busy week in China, with a truck and meat market raid which has resulted in ten precious lives being saved.

This week charity CEO Julia de Cadenet live blogged from the side of the road in the Hebei province, where the charity had flagged down a small truck transporting stray dogs to the meat trade.

Beautiful Maiva is hoping to travel abroad to her forever home – copyright NoToDogMeat – email hayley@animalnewsagency.com to use this image

Because the dogs did not have the correct paperwork, as is true in most cases, the dogs were able to be seized by the charity and transported to the NoToDogMeat Hebei shelter where they are doing well.

The video shows the tense atmosphere of these rescues, and the sheer incredulousness of the meat traders, who seem to think the whole process is funny.

NoToDogMeat’s brave campaigners do this every single week to ensure that as many dogs are saved from torture as possible, and the charity lobbies hard to try and make the Chinese government enforce their own decree that dogs are not food.

Later in the week Julia and the team headed to a shady dog meat market, which took place in the countryside in the Hebei province.

Brave Julia was the only Western face at the market, and recorded images of scared dogs crammed into cages ready to be transported to the meat trade.

Frightened dogs at the rural market – copyright NoToDogMeat – to use this image email hayley@animalnewsagency.com

One lady who spoke English tried to claim that the dogs were being sold as pets, but the scared and poorly-looking canines told a different story and so does NoToDogMeat intelligence.

Once again dogs were seized by the charity from the meat market, including Carlito, a tiny tea cup dog who is suffering from a leg injury as a result of his ordeal.

Tiny Carlito was one of the dogs saved from the market – copyright NoToDogMeat – email hayley@animalnewsagency.com to use this image

The charity has also staged flash mob protests, and is holding a stand at the upcoming Comicon event, in an effort to change hearts and minds.

Julia said: “This is just another week in the life of NoToDogMeat in China. Our brave shelter managers and volunteers work from the moment they wake until late and night to disrupt this terrible trade and help change hearts and minds.

“Our dogs desperately need to find homes abroad, so please consider adopting a meat trade rescue as your pet. You can also donate to help fund our work by pre-ordering a calendar, buying a t-shirt or simply making a small monetary gift.

Julia and Milly, who is hoping to travel soon – copyright NoToDogMeat – to use this image email hayley@animalnewsagency.com

“We have a big voice but we are very small charity, and we do not have the income of some other organisations who are not on the ground doing this work. Please be assured that your donation goes to help the dogs and cats, like the souls saved this week.”

NoToDogMeat is urgently appealing for funds for a number of dogs to travel to Europe when Julia returns. Please visit www.notodogmeat.com to make a donation or fund out more about adopting a meat trade rescue dog.

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