50 Dogs Rescued From Slaughter
Volunteers in Dazhou contacted our founder Du Yufeng when they found a farm where dogs were being kept.
While the volunteers waited for the local Department of Agriculture
to arrive, they were obstructed as the driver and his helpers loaded cages full of dogs on to a truck.
As the officials arrived, the driver fled the scene in the truck full of dogs. The remaining 50 dogs that the dealer didn't have time to load on to the truck will be handed over to us.
These extra 50 dogs from Dazhou, like the dogs from Guang'an, will need checkups, vaccinations,flea and tick treatments and worming.
We hate to keep asking but we need help to help them.
If you can spare the cost of a cup of coffee or newspaper we will greatly appreciate it
Thank you, as always, for your support. We couldn't continue to rescue dogs without you
The Department of Agriculture in Dazhou eventually allowed us to transfer the 50 dogs from the dog meat trader's cages to our own cages.
After being loaded on to a truck, the volunteers made their way to our shelter in Guangyuan.
Please donate if you can to help care for these new rescues.
We have been busy vaccinating and testing the 50 dogs, rescued from the dog dealer's place in Dazhou, for Canine Distemper.
Tests for Canine Parvovirus have also been done.
Some of the traumatised dogs had to be restrained by a pole for everyone's safety but we hope in time they will learn to trust humans again. We don't blame them for being aggressive or scared.
Thank you for your donations which have enabled us to buy more vaccinations and tests along with some medicines. Du has been vaccinating and giving care to dogs for decades. Buying medicines to administer herself means we don't have to run up huge bills at the vet surgery but vet bills are also paid with your donations.
Choosing to become a monthly donor helps us to keep a supply of medicines and vaccines in stock at our shelter. You can donate as little or as much as you like. Thank you.
This particular rescue lasted weeks and took it's toil on all of us. Read on to find out exactly why:
In the early hours of 4th January our founder Du Yufeng drove nearly 300km to Guang'an to help activists who had found hundreds of dogs in cages at a slaughterhouse.
They are still there now.
Dogs are crying, desperate to be helped. One dog was so scared as Du approached the gate that it screamed before barking at her.
There are purebreed dogs in these cages, large Labradors who can't turn around or get comfy. The cages are barely big enough for the chickens they are made for never mind big dogs! They must be hurting so much
Du helped the volunteers back in September when they found dogs but on that occasion no lives were saved as the Department of Agriculture seized the dogs and killed them.
They want to do the same now!
We are praying that the dogs can be given to us and the activists.
Your donations help us to help the activists and dogs. Thank you.
It's been 3 days since our founder Du Yufeng went to Guang'an to try and save hundreds of dogs from an illegal slaughterhouse.
Du called the police but the Guang'an Department of Agriculture wouldn't let Du or the volunteers have the dogs. Instead they've let the dog dealers keep the dogs who have now hung up signs to say it is a 'Stray Dog Shelter'!!
The dog dealer (in the blue jacket who tries to intimidate our volunteer) also tried to smash Du's car up. He's a nasty bully.
None of those dogs have had food or water since the 4th January. Du and our volunteer can only take videos from afar. Du and the volunteers will not stop trying to get custody of these dogs.
We'll update again soon. Thank you for your support
After many calls to, and with visits from Du and the volunteers, the authorities told the dog dealers to release some of the cages of dogs. The dealers picked which cages could be released. There were 22 dogs who were fortunate enough to get out of that hell hole.
There are still lots of dogs left at the warehouse but the volunteers have been allowed in to give them water and start to take them out of the cages but they aren't safe there.
Du is contacting other organisations to see if anyone can help take the rest of the dogs. Some of them have already died.
Du and the volunteers are keeping the pressure on the authorities to release the rest of the dogs.
We will update again soon once we have the dogs settled because some need medical attention.
If you can help with a small donation towards this cost we would be very grateful.
Officers from the Public Security Bureau have been guarding the
Dog dealer's den but yesterday some new officers were on shift and they were interested in what Du and the volunteers do.
Du had a long talk with them and offered to show them how dogs are just scared and want to be loved and respected the same as humans. They watched her give water to the dogs and food before allowing her and the other volunteers to take some of the sickest dogs.
Du and the volunteers now have over 40 dogs in their care at a warehouse owned by one of the Guang'an volunteers.
Sadly, some lives were lost. 2 adult dogs had died overnight and a pregnant dog aborted her 2 puppies
We have received messages asking why are the local government not handing the dogs over to us when it is clearly illegal what the dog dealer is doing and why are we not demanding in person at the offices for the law to be implemented. Activists in Guang'an know what happens. Money talks. 9 times out 10 a local government will do what's right but there is the 1 who doesn't and this is that place. We found this out last September when we were here, and the local activists know it only too well.
Please know that Du and the volunteers along with other animal lovers are doing everything they can, even if the few minutes of footage we share doesn't show it.
In the meantime the rescued dogs need caring for.
If you can help with a small donation towards the veterinary and food costs we would be very grateful.
Thank you for your support
Nothing much to report except that 2 pups were allowed to leave with Du and our own volunteer and they were taken to the local vet for check up because they had been in the place where the dead dogs were. Both are ok Look at how happy they are and eager for Du's interaction! Now they are safe.
The dogs at the dog dealers place are still there and Du and the volunteers took chicken and kibble to feed them. Dog food is too expensive to a dealer. They are usually thrown scraps if they are lucky but often they do resort to eating dead dogs in their kennels which is really sad for them. The dead dogs and puppies were buried by Du.
Thanks to everyone for your donations which are paying for the nourishing food and vet bills, vaccinations and medications. We couldn't help dogs without you
Du and the volunteers had arrived to feed the dogs but the dog dealer had put a padlock on the kennels which prevented the bowls being filled up so they put the food through the gate before being made to leave.
Some of the healthy dogs who were rescued have been fostered by some of the volunteers and their friends. Others are in the pet hospital for minor injuries. One of the rescued dogs had lost an eye due to an old injury, one has cherry eye and another is extremely skinny with her spine able to be felt when Du stroked her.
Thank you to everyone who has donated towards food and vet bills so far. We really do appreciate it
Over the past 48 hours Du has been driving the 3 and a half hours from Guang'an to Guangyuan and then back again with dogs in her car.
Unfortunately, Du and our volunteers couldn't stay in Guang'an forever. They needed to come back to our shelter and take care of our own dogs too.
The activists in Guang'an will keep the pressure on their local government to release the dogs at the dog dealers den but for the past few days they wouldn't let any of us in because the government departments supposed to enforce the law are supporting the dog dealers and allowing them to put up and keep up the 'Stray Dog Shelter' signs knowing full well what is happening.
For the dogs that have been lucky enough to be saved, they are now in isolation at our shelter.
We are so grateful for your constant support and donations.
Thank you so much
The dogs that our founder Du Yufeng rescued from the slaughterhouse in Guang'an have been settling in to our shelter in Guangyuan for the past week.
Personalities are beginning to show. There are quite a few youngsters who have taken the ordeal in their stride and just want to play and be everyone's friend. There are others who don't want to be friends and want to pick fights.
It's going to take time to win the trust of those dogs but it's understandable. The trauma of being caught and put into chicken cages could very well have ended horrifically for them so we will give them the time they need.
The activists in Guang'an have asked Du to go to help them fight the dog dealer again. She will be travelling to the site where the rest of the dogs are still held soon.
Thank you for all your shares and donations to help these dogs. Please help again if you can help.
Thank you so much.
As the new Year of the Tiger begins, our founder Du Yufeng has travelled again to Guang'an after the local activists asked her to join them.
Many more animal lovers turned up at the dog dealer's 'Stray Dog Shelter' which resulted in some of them being arrested for 'turning up to cause trouble'. Some phones were also confiscated.
The Department of Agriculture are now saying they will give the dogs to farmers but there are more sick dogs there. An Alaskan Malamute that was already weak when it was in the chicken cages without food or water for days is even more lifeless as other dogs cuddle up to it for warmth and reassurance.
Du is heartbroken. You can hear her cries and the shouts of the other activists as they beg for the dogs' lives.
The people supposed to be protecting the dogs are not. Du and the Guang'an activists are preparing to sue. We will keep you updated.
The following video is upsetting but we want to show you the disregard and lack of compassion for the dogs left behind in Guang'an and what Du and the volunteers have to witness first hand.
The Department of Agriculture has told Du and the local activists that they are giving the dogs to farmers. As guard dogs. The dogs will be kept outside on the farms with basic food and (often) no shelter.
In order for the officials to let the farmers have the dogs, they must be tested for rabies.
Have you ever seen a dog tested for rabies in such a cruel, painful way?? When we send dogs abroad we test for rabies; in a calm, stress free, PAINLESS way. NEVER like this!! It is despicable! The ground is wet with urine and some of the dogs defecated in fright too
All this is done while Du and the volunteers watch and record.
There is no way those dogs will be given to us or any other shelter by the officials. They are covering up their corruption by making it appear that they take the dogs' welfare seriously enough to give them 'homes'. In rural areas these dogs could STILL be killed and eaten by the farmers for celebrations like Chinese New Year or when important people visit.
We are considering asking the farmers if they will sell the dogs. It's not the way any of us want to do this but for those dogs to have some semblance of a peaceful, safe life it may be the only way, IF they accept it.
For now, we have to just watch and wait until the dogs are cleared of rabies. We are praying they will all be negative .
Thanks in the meantime for your support. It means such a lot to Du knowing that the world is supporting her and the local activists.
More of the dogs have been tested for rabies in the same horrendous way. Some dogs don't struggle which means, for them, the testing is over soon. Others are feisty. They've already been caught by the dog dealer and placed in chicken cages so their memory is not short! Unfortunately this results in injuries as they struggle; as seen in the previous video.
Du was allowed in to one of the kennels, as the dogs were being tested, to say prayers for 2 dogs who had died. Some would say these dogs are lucky but it's still an unfortunate loss of life due to the fact that the law in Guang'an didn't protect them like it should have.
All the dogs that have been tested and are awaiting results have had white cable ties put around their necks. They've been placed in kennels until the results are back.
There are many still to test.
Thanks for all your messages of support and donations. It means a lot to Du and the local activists.
Since the Guang'an Department of Agriculture tested the dogs for rabies, they have been in quarantine waiting for the results.
After negotiating with the officials, the volunteers were allowed to go in to the kennels and feed the dogs.
They have bought beds and some second hand woollen clothing to keep the dogs off the concrete floor. They are buying and cooking food every day for the dogs. There are some very skinny ones so they need to gain weight with good food. Your donations are helping us to help them keep warm and have full bellies
There are quite a few young dogs who are always first in the queue to be stroked and said hi to. Some of the others are still too wary because of the treatment they've endured from capture until the horrific way they were tested.
For now they can relax a little.
Thank you for all your support
The volunteers are still cleaning the kennels and feeding the remaining dogs. BUT.....
From the18th of this month, farmers in Guang'an will be arriving to take the remaining dogs for guarding their farms. These dogs are STILL at risk of being killed and eaten. Farmers sometimes kill their dogs if they don't do the work they expect of them or if a celebration or visit from good friends requires a 'good' meal.
Although, in the meantime, Du and the volunteers have prepared to sue the authorities; the only way we are going to get the remaining dogs is if we buy them from the farmers. We never went to Guang'an to do this but the failure of their officials to do the right thing and hand the dogs over to us have failed the dogs.
So, those dogs now need YOUR help
If you can donate to help, please do. NO donation is too small.
We want to take these dogs to our shelter around 300km away so as well as money to buy them, they are also going to need medical attention and good food when we get them home.
PLEASE help if you can.
* Some of you asked about the Labrador and Alaskan Malamute who were in one of the first videos we posted. The Labrador is healthy and happy as most Labs are. The Malamute is very thin and unfortunately had to have it's fur shaved off because it was very matted and there were patches of skin disease and an allergy to flea infestation. A potential owner called us saying the Malamute was theirs so we'll see how that goes once it's health has returned.
We told you that from the 18th February, the dogs in Guang'an would start to be 'adopted' by farmers.
In fact, the last week has been a complete mockery and we are so sorry that we don't have more to show you.
We've not been able to share much footage with you because the volunteers who turned up were arrested and had their phones taken by the police - AGAIN!
We have shared what footage we have from a brave volunteer who filmed what he could from a hill looking down in to the dog dealer's den before he too was found and arrested. Luckily he had forwarded this video to a volunteer who wasn't at the scene before they took his phone.
We're also sharing with you a few messages from other volunteers in our Wechat group who were watching things unfold. We hope you can see their anger and frustration. We've blacked out their accounts and photos.
So, the Guang'an Department of Agriculture and the police would rather take more blood from the dogs who are already traumatised from last time they did it.
They would rather arrest and punish animal activists than arrest and punish the dog dealer!!
Thank you so much for your donations. We are still hoping to intercept any farmers who 'adopt' these dogs so please keep sharing and giving what you can.
We will NOT give up on these dogs
For days, farmers, along with some villagers, in Guang'an turned up to 'adopt' the dogs and our volunteers were there with them.
The 'adoptions' were to start at 3pm but as on previous days, no dogs were brought out.
The following day a handful of dogs were released and given to the farmers and villagers. When the volunteers offered to buy the dogs, arguments developed. Pleading with these people was hard and tiring but everyone was focused on saving the dogs and getting them away from a life spent guarding or worse. We followed the 'owners' as they walked home.
The dog at the end of the video is SO skinny you can see the spinal bones. ks it's fine with straw and a roof (but open to the elements at the front!).
We were able to buy 5 dogs and there are still MANY more to buy but the farmers and villagers have seen us coming. They are charging us an average cost of 300 - 500 Chinese Yuan per dog (approximately US$50 - $90/£35 - £60/€45 - €70) so we are once again asking for donations please
We have been waiting and waiting for this to end. The dog dealer, Department of Agriculture and the police have all made this the worst experience for those dogs. We haven't been allowed in to feed them since they blocked the road with police tape and placed police there to guard the road.
We NEED to save these dogs. They've been through so much already. Please donate what you can. You've been amazing so far
Thank you to every single one of you for donating and sharing our previous post. We managed to rescue 45 dogs altogether.
Unfortunately the lies and corruption meant that those dogs were the only ones left...
We can only assume that while the road (which led to the dog dealer's place) was closed, the dog dealer, under the full knowledge of the police and Department of Agriculture, sold the rest of the dogs for slaughter. This is a massive blow to us all. We have gone through every emotion but most of all we are angry.
The volunteers were fantastic. Following the farmers and villagers who had bought the remaining dogs, they thankfully were able to get the dogs off them and that's thanks to your donations.
Your donations were also able to buy cages so that the dogs could be taken to our shelter nearly 300km away.
Some of these dogs are injured and will require veterinary care when they reach us. There are puppies too. We couldn't risk them staying in Guang'an any longer.
Please keep supporting us. Now they are saved, the next chapter of rescue has begun We'll update again soon. Thank you
On 6th March, nearly 9 weeks since Du made her fist journey to Guang'an for this rescue, the dogs finally travelled (a few hours) to our shelter in Guangyuan.
Du had prepared some kennels in the new kennel block sponsored by SPCA International so that they could settle in for the night amid all the new smells and sounds from their new neighbours.
They will be checked over in the morning and vaccinations will be given.
As well as helping to rescue the dogs and buying the cages for them to travel in, you also helped to buy the fuel so that the Guang'an volunteers could drive the dogs nearly 300km to our shelter.
There are vet trips planned for some of them tomorrow so we hope you may be able to help with that too.
We know there are so many animal shelters around the world needing your help so thank you for choosing to help ours too.
There have been trips to the vet for some dogs, with more to come.
One of the dogs had chewed it's own tail from stress; probably through the fear of what happened to them while being caught by the dog dealer and the uncertainty of what else would happen.
Another of the dogs had a very nasty wound on it's neck caused by rough handling by the Department of Agriculture officials who used iron tongues to grab the dogs by their necks when the brutal rabies testing took place at the dog dealer's place.
The dog needs surgery to suture the wound. The iron tongues sliced a clean cut in to the muscle.
Vaccinations are ongoing and the dogs are being tested for Canine Distemper and Canine Parvovirus.
We are so grateful for your donations so far. If you can spare a little more to help pay for the vet fees we would really appreciate it
Thank you so much
Vet visits continue for some of the dogs rescued from the dog trafficker in Guang'an.
Most are because of minor injuries sustained from being caught by the dog dealer at the beginning of their nightmare or from the rough handling by the officials when they took blood to be tested for rabies.
One of the dogs that had a horrible injury from being dragged and held down by the iron tongues (see previous videos) had his neck sliced all the way around and in to his neck muscles. He is doing really well. Du is keeping his wound clean and he has check ups to make sure it is not going to get infected.
Vet bills are an expected part of rescuing dogs, especially from the dog meat trade, but at the same time they are an unexpected burden on our finances so if you can help with a small donation, towards the bill we would greatly appreciate it.
Thank you for your never ending support
The dogs are all now vaccinated and wormed. There are some still a little sick but they aregetting well.
Our founder Du Yufeng sits in kennels with new Dog Meat Trade Survivors just talking to them and gaining their trust.
Some of the dogs are obviously wary given what they have been through and some are wordly wise as they tell the youngsters off for jumping around, eager to get to Du.
These dogs owe their lives to you.
Thank you so much for always helping when we need you.
This little dog was saved from the butcher. He would have been slaughtered in the morning but our founder Du Yufeng received a phone call. Workers on the construction site had planned to kill and eat the dog but the caller had other ideas.
It's clear by how the dog reacted to our worker putting a makeshift harness on it that something had happened on the run up to us arriving. Whether the dog had been tortured previously or had been hurt by the construction workers before they killed it in the morning, the fear was real but there was no aggression to Du and our worker at all.
When they took the dog back to the shelter, some of the other dogs couldn't contain their curiosity and wanted to meet their new friend.
We are aware that the construction workers may find another dog but this dog is now safe. We will be driving past their site to watch.
Your donations help us to care for slaughter survivors like this one. Thank you.
DOGS RESCUED FROM SLAUGHTER
A few weeks ago we told you how our founder Du Yufeng helped volunteers in Chongqing to confront their local government and save 106 dogs from slaughter.
Recently she helped volunteers in Longchang to rescue dogs after they intercepted a truckload of them.
By using her power of attorney to help the volunteers it enables them to use the law to save the dogs.
However it doesn't always work....
Du travelled to Guang'an to help volunteers try to release dogs from a slaughterhouse. But as in a lot of places, corruption is sometimes at play and the volunteers were denied those dogs lives. Instead, the dogs were killed and their poor bodies disposed of by the Agriculture & Rural Dept. While trying to save these dogs, Du was hit by the dog dealers and roughly pushed in to a shed where the dogs were being kept and they closed the door. The police quickly let her out but tensions were heated. Those dogs were needlessly killed but Du and the volunteers are reporting them to a higher department. We want justice for these dogs and will try as hard as we can.
We can help volunteers like this ONLY because of your donations. Every day trucks full of dogs are stopped all over China and they regularly pass through our Sichuan Province on the way to places like Yulin.
Please donate and choose the option:
'Helping Volunteers To Save Dogs and Cats From Slaughter'
106 Dogs Rescued From Slaughter
(No scenes of slaughter or dead dogs).
With the help of our founder Du Yufeng and her expertise at negotiating with local governments, volunteers in Chongqing spent 3 days and 3 nights camping outside the local government offices and the slaughterhouse and were eventually able to save the 106 dogs.
The volunteers gave Du the power of attorney to use her documents to save the dogs the legal way. Du has the power to do this to help volunteers in our Sichuan Province. Chongqing is in Sichuan and is about 250 miles from our shelter in Guangyuan.
Many of the the dogs are purebreeds like Labrador, Golden Retriever and Boxer but most are Chinese Rural Dogs.
All the dogs were taken to shelters and foster homes in Chongqing where owners will be appealed for.
Saving dogs and cats from the traffickers and butchers comes in
all forms. Sometimes Du is on the frontline. In this case she worked behind the scenes with her years of experience and negotiating to help the volunteers.
Those 106 dogs are very lucky
Unfortunately, without your help we can't continue to do what we do. We now have around 1600 animals at our shelter and they all rely on you for their next meal or medicine dose.
Please donate to help us save more animals and to look after the ones already saved.
2 Days of Rescues
NO SCENES OF SLAUGHTER
The Dog Meat Trade is evil but there are chances of survival.
Over the course of 2 days, we have rescued 9 dogs from imminent death. Unfortunately there were some we couldn't save.
With the help of the police and our local government departments we closed down a butcher's stall at the Shangxiba Market and rescued 2 dogs on December 15th. Animal lovers in Guangyuan, sick of this disgustingly cruel 'trade' gathered with us to show exactly what we all think. One of the dogs, the Alaskan Malamute you see in the video was returned safely to it's distraught owner. The other, who we took guardianship of, was found to have a fractured pelvis and tested positive for Canine Distemper.
On December 16th, accompanied by more animal lovers, we stopped the illegal sale of dog meat in the 110 Market and rescued 7 dogs. One of the animal lovers who had accompanied us adopted one of the lucky dogs, the other 6 are under quarantine at our shelter.
We would like to thank the relevant official departments in Guangyuan for their strong support of our work, we have a great relationship with them and they are always ready to help us stop this blight on our city. Thanks also to our army of local supporters who are always ready to bring justice for the animals of Guangyuan.
Lastly, big thanks to all of you because without your donations we couldn't continue to do what we do. Dogs rescued from the Dog Meat Trade are often injured, sick and traumatised and emergency medical care is often needed. Medicines and vet bills are high but your donations help us to pay for these necessities.
Can you donate a small amount to care for these survivors this Christmas?
6 Dogs Seized From Trafficker
Thanks to volunteers working together in a Wechat group, we were able to save 6 dogs from heading to an illegal slaughterhouse early yesterday morning (6th November).
Volunteers called the police and Chengguan (Urban Management Bureau) after they intercepted a truck on the highway containing the 6 dogs. Our founder Du Yufeng was also on the scene.
The owner of the truck tried to tell the volunteers and police that the dogs were his own pets and he was moving house but everyone knew he was lying and eventually the police confiscated the dogs and handed them over to Du and our shelter.
We'd like to thank the volunteers, some who went with their own pet dogs, who stayed to reassure the dogs in the truck and thanks to the Guangyuan City Lizhou District Panlong Police Station who arrived at the scene soon after the first phone call was made.
Now we need your help and appeal for your donations to help rehabilitate these dogs. There were clear signs of violence on the dogs. There were marks on them consistent with beating/whipping and they had blood from their wounds. The mental scars will take a lot longer to heal....
Please help us to help them by donating here.
Thank you 🙏🐶
Dogs Buried Alive!
A few days ago, hundreds of Tibetan Mastiffs and other dogs were found by volunteers in Xichang on their way to Guangxi's 'Yulin Dog Meat Festival'
Our founder, Du Yufeng immediately appealed for volunteers to join her in driving the nearly 9 hours from Guangyuan to Xicheng to appeal to the authorities to release the dogs but when Du and others arrived at the scene, the local government and the dog traffickers were not willing to hand over the dogs. They said that the dogs had infectious diseases and were to be buried alive!
Every day the dog traffickers threatened and shouted abused at Du and the volunteers. One dog trafficker came back drunk with reinforcements. Police were called but did not intervene.
During the early hours of 30th May, the dog traffickers set upon Du and other volunteers. Du was hurt and was taken by ambulance to the local hospital where she is recovering.
Other volunteers joined her on the ward.
A couple of days earlier, Du had written an open letter to the government to appeal to save the dogs and allow quarantine but it was all in vain, the dogs have been brutally killed.
Life is hard for Chinese animal rescuers. It's even harder for the animals 💔
235 Dogs Saved From Slaughter
On April 11, 2019, our founder Du Yufeng and some of our volunteers found 235 dogs in an illegal hoarding site at a livestock market in Pujia town, Dazhou City. They immediately called the police and government officials who came to the scene to assess the situation. On the afternoon of April 12, the Agriculture and Forestry Law Enforcement Department and the Public Security Bureau invited Du to discuss the handling of the case. It was agreed that the dogs would be placed in our care after 21 days of isolation.
Activists from Dazhou City joined our team and for 4 days and nights in the cold and wet Spring weather they have all watched over the dogs. The dogs were moved to a better safe place where they could stretch their legs but there are some sick dogs and we all know that diseases can run rife in these situations. We cannot move the dogs anywhere else until the 21 days isolation period is up so we desperately need your help to buy medicines and vaccinations.
At this time of year, Sichuan is a hub of trafficked dogs and cats on their way to Yulin for the sickening festival there next month. Please help us to help them. Donate easily via paypal by clicking on the button. Thank you so much!
Amid the fear, sickness and death there is joy, hope and new life.
Some of the dogs rescued from the trafficker's hoarding site has given birth. Defiance against the evil of the Dog Meat Trade.
Volunteers from across Sichuan have been offering help. They have been vaccinating the dogs and playing and socialising with them. It's always amazing to see how some dogs just go from fearing humans to trusting them and wanting cuddles and playtime. They just know the good guys from the bad.....
The days have been filled feeding the dogs food and treats that were nutritious. This includes feeding treats to sick dogs where medicines needed to be hid in food. We have had donations of food from local animal lovers and shops so we were able to make broths and soups to help subsidise the dogs' meals and keep them eating when they are depressed.
Our founder Du Yufeng spends a lot of times with the dogs, reassuring them and telling them that they are ok now and will soon leave Dazhou. The dogs know that Du loves everyone of them even though they have only known each other for a short time.
When the last of the dogs reached our shelter, it was nearly Dawn. Everyone had worked through the night to get these dogs to their new home.
When it was time for the dogs to be unloaded in to the quarantine kennels, our workers and volunteers joined the volunteers from Dazhou to help. Our loyal friend Mr Wang, the bank manager also gave up his sleep to help us all.
Most of the dogs had crude plastic collars tied tightly around their necks. Cutting them off was a priority so Du and our workers caught dogs to perform the quick task.
One of our workers was bitten by a scared dog and even though he was wearing thick gloves the bite penetrated through them to his skin. This is how the Dog Meat Trade affects once loved and gentle pets.
Over the past days the dogs have been settling in well. It is going to take a long time for some of the dogs to trust us but we have patience and lots of love. We have had food donations for the dogs from hotels, market stalls, pet shops and salons and animal lovers. There are lots of kind people in China who love animals.
They will learn to trust again. Some are friendlier than others and ask for reassurance that everything will be ok.
DONATE to help build kennels for these lucky Dog Meat trade survivors.
Raid On Stall & Restaurant
Dog slaughtering happens often and many times we do not even know about it until we receive a tip off of when we are in the area. On this occasion we confronted a stall in a market hall where dead dogs were for sale. Their carcasses were bought and taken back with us.
On the same day, with the help of officials, we visited a restaurant that was serving dog meat and when we arrived at the scene, there were freshly slaughtered dogs in the kitchen. Again, the dogs and carcasses were confiscated and taken with us. The restaurant owners refused to tell us who supplied the dogs but the restaurant was closed down anyway.
It is painful to see the dogs like this when they should be happy, enjoying life with their tails wagging but our fight will continue until the government implement the ban on dog and cat meat eating. Our slogan is:-
Cherish life, Protect animals, Say NO to cat and dog meat eating!
Sichuan Dog Meat Trade
Everyone has heard of Yulin's 'Dog Meat Festival' but no one has heard of the dog meat trade in Sichuan Province, OUR province.
Jianyang, Sichuan is one of the largest dog meat trade centres in China. Illegal quarantine certificates are purchased, enabling the truck drivers to 'legally' make the journey to Guizhou, Guangxi and Guangdong Provinces with sometimes thousands of dogs (and cats) on board.
We have tried unsuccessfully numerous times to stop this but with corruption everywhere it is hard.
The annual average is several hundred thousand dogs and cats of unknown origin.
In January 2013, we intercepted a truck full of dogs destined for Jianyang. These dogs were crushed in to small, overcrowded iron cages.
The local newspapers and news media have repeatedly reported and exposed the dog meat trade in Jianyang, the stealing and trafficking of dogs and cats but nothing has changed. This black death industry is seriously damaging our country's image. We can no longer be silent! We have to stand up and be heard!
We are calling on the netizens of the country to help us stop this because it can be said that to take away Jianyang trafficking it could save thousands of dog and cat lives every year.
You can help us too. Keep calling or emailing your Chinese embassy to urge the government to ban the dog and cat meat trade, organise and attend protests, and share our posts and videos to educate and inform people of the brutal torture that companion animals endure in China's dog and cat meat trade, every day, week, month and year.
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4 Dogs Seized From Butcher's Stall
We were able to ask for the government's help to close down this butcher's stall and seize the 4 live dogs left there, waiting to be killed. Our founder, Du Yufeng, had previously visited the stall and asked the butcher to show her paperwork and he refused so she arranged to meet with the government officials and take them to the stall where she briefed them.
When the officials seized the dogs and handed them over to Du, the butcher complained that she was taking away his livlihood and that there were lots of stalls like this one. Du replied that she would shut them all down.
The dogs had never been given any water to drink and when Du took them out of the cage where they were being kept, 2 of the dogs were so frightened (the black dog & the last dog to be removed from the cage) that they urinated on Du with one of the other dogs drinking the urine because it was so thirsty. The last dog out of the cage had a broken hind leg and you can see one of our volunteers (in the video below) pointing in the cage where it was led on intestines. The dog seller probably threw the innards of one of the dogs who had been slaughtered in to the cage for the dogs to eat while they waited their turn to be slaughtered. Feeding the dead remains of probably diseased dogs to others is a recipe for disaster and this is one of the ways we educate dog meat eaters. By telling them that they are eating diseased meat.
In the first photo below, the dog on the left, Da Huang, is available for adoption. Click on the photo if you are interested in adopting this lovely girl.
Another Slaughterhouse Closed
Our founder Du and local animal activists, helped by the local police, closed down a dog slaughterhouse and rescued 36 dogs in Kong Que Village, Chengdu. The animals were sent to a sanctuary called Rong Cheng in Chengdu co-founded by Du and local activists. Other furry residents have since arrived.
Dog Trafficker Raided
Our founder Du Yufeng received reports that there was a dog trafficker operating at Xiba Grain Warehouse in Guangyuan. When she and some of our volunteers arrived at the scene, they called for and waited for the police to arrive.
The dogs were of unknown origin and had no papers, so all 21 dogs were confiscated and handed to Du.
Raid On Butcher's Shop
Our founder Du Yufeng and some of our volunteers drove to Wangcang market for an educational event.
While handing out flyers, they saw a villager handing over a white dog to the owner of a butcher's shop.
Du called the Animal Quarantine Department and Industry Bureau who came to inspect the butcher's paperwork. The butcher had none so the white dog and two others were confiscated and handed over to Du.
Three dead dogs were also confiscated. One had recently been killed, the other two had been skinned.
The Bureau also handed over butchered remains of dogs and some skins. These poor dogs were horrifically tortured and killed in the belief that the meat is tastier with more pain inflicted.
The dogs and remains were given traditional Buddhist funerals and were respectfully buried.
Our founder Du Yufeng went undercover in Pujiang, posing as a new restaurant owner who wanted to buy dog meat. She was accompanied by other activists and media who had a hidden camera to record the conversations with the dog meat trader. The trader had been killing and selling dogs for 20-30 years, estimating that he had killed 10,000 dogs!
Having recorded everything the dog meat seller told her, she went to the local authorities and asked the to accompany her back to the trader's den and inspect papers that he should have to kill animals and sell meat. The trader agreed to sign his animals over to Du but then several local dog meat restaurant owners turned up threatening Du, saying that the dogs were theirs.
Du was not deterred. A few days later she visited the County Party Secretary who successfully had the slaughterhouse closed. Du had the dogs removed to safety at a shelter nearby. After a good night's rest, Du and our volunteers, along with the dogs that were saved, traveled back to our shelter.
Shop Selling Dog Meat, Closed
During the Winter Solstice, our founder Du Yufeng and some of our volunteers went to hand out leaflets and talk to people at an 'on the move' education event in Jialing Market. While there they came across a shop advertising and selling dog meat. Du called the police to go to the shop and inspect any certificates. The owner of the shop had no quarantine certificates so his shop was closed. Unfortunately there were no live dogs to save so the carcasses and butchered remains were confiscated and handed over to Du.
Du took the carcasses and remains home where they were given a Buddhist funeral and burial.
Illegal Dog Meat Stall Closed
With the help of the police, our founder Du managed to shut down a stall that was illegally selling dog meat.
She took the opportunity to try to educate the market goers by asking them to refuse to eat dog meat.
Du and some of our volunteers put up posters in the area and walked up and down the market giving out flyers showing the cruelty involved in the dog meat trade and the risk to the health of people eating the meat.
Sadly it was too late for the dogs that were already killed, butchered and being sold on the stall but Du seized the carcasses and gave the dogs a dignified Buddhist burial.
Slaughterhouse Closed, Lijiang
When we visited Lijiang to hold our anti fur education event, we also took the opportunity to help some of our friends, Buddhist monks, to close down a slaughterhouse and rescue dogs. Evidence was gathered of the slaughterhouse’s illegal activity and to make sure the slaughterhouse was closed down for good we enlisted the help of the local police.
As the dogs were released in to the care of the monks, our founder Du Yufeng took them to the land at the back of the slaughterhouse and gave the food and water. The dogs were handed over to us along with skins and carcasses. The police told the slaughterhouse owner to take the skins and carcasses to our vehicle where the monks were waiting with the dogs.
These terrified dogs were saved from unimaginable torture. They were taken back to the monks’ shelter to start a new life, safe and happy, with the other rescued animals.
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