Humane Society International's partner groups' animal advocates successfully intercepted a truck transporting 153 dogs headed for slaughter to be offered for meat in China. Humane Society International posted the breaking news on its Facebook Page Friday. The photo album is going viral with more than 12,000 shares in less than a day. Humane Society International's announcement brought on a discussion about the Chinese dog-meat industry.
"BREAKING: Animal advocates of HSI partner groups have succeeded in intercepting a truck with 153 dogs bound for slaughter in China. Many of the dogs were wearing collars and are likely stolen pets. All of the dogs will be rehabilitated before being placed for adoption.
"HSI is supporting efforts by Chinese activists to fight the country's dog meat trade. We helped fund five highway rescue operations last year, saving the lives of more than 2,000 dogs. We're encouraging our partners to put pressure on authorities to shut down this horrific industry completely."
NPR published a detailed feature article on the Chinese dog-meat industry. In that article, the head of a famous chain of dog-meat restaurants and stores in China, Fan Xiantao, defended his industry. Fan was running his dog-meat businesses in Jiangsu Province's Pei County, where over half a million dogs are slaughtered each year for food.
"I've been butchering dogs since I was 8 years old and I still do it now," Fan explained. "Do you know how many dogs I butcher every year? No less than 100,000."
The slaughter of dogs for food, according to Xiantao, is not much different than the meat industry anywhere else in the world, he says, defending the practice by pointing out that the Chinese people have been eating dog meat since ancient times.
"The way we butcher dogs is not very cruel," he said. "We have a traditional method that's very effective. Normally, we club them. We hit them in the head and kill them instantly."
Still, video footage shows the side of the dog-meat industry that keeps activists fighting. The following video footage is graphic and will likely disturb most animal lovers. Fan told the reporter that one blow to the head is all it ever takes to kill a dog for meat, but this very graphic video shows that the last minutes of a dog's life, slaughtered for meat in China, can be excruciating.
Warning: Viewer discretion is advised.
The dogs intercepted by the activists from the Humane Society International's partner organizations once doomed to be meat in China will be rehabilitated and put up for adoption.
[Photo credit: Xi'an Angels Volunteer Group via Humane Society International]