China arrests three for endangered animal trade

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BEIJINGChinese police have busted a criminal gang involved in illegal trade of endangered animals, seizing hundreds of bear paws, bear meat and animal carcasses from their possession, local officials said.

Three men, all natives of the region, were arrested in a rented residence in the regional capital of Nanning this month after a three-month investigation, according to Nanning city police.

Authorities believe at least 43 black bears were slaughtered for the bear paws. The animals and their body parts are believed to be worth 20 million yuan ($3.15 million), Xinhua news agency reported.

Some of the carcasses, including those of pangolins and tortoises, were sealed in a refrigerator and disguised as tea, police said.

Police said the suspects ordered the endangered animals from the city of Dongxing, which borders Vietnam’s city of Mong Cai to the south, and sold them in southern Chinese cities, including Nanning, Guangzhou and Kunming.

It is not known whether the animals were smuggled across the border.

Officials have dealt with multiple animal smuggling cases on the China-Vietnam border over the last few years, seizing snakes, cobras and turtles.

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Important – More News Regards 500 Dogs Rescued April 20th China – Videos

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“My apologies, I have only just seen this full account, of what happened regards the dogs that were rescued. After reading this, I have even more admiration for those that came out in force, to save these dogs. It just goes to show, what can be achieved when like minded people come together; Massive thanks to them all. Let’s hope this show’s those in power, that there are many Chinese people who do not agree to the eating of cat’s & dogs, pray they put a stop to this archaic tradition!!” 

On the night of April the 19th, an urgent message via Weibo (Chinese Twitter) said that there was a truck filled with caged dogs coming towards the Fumin-KunmingHighway. Hundreds of loving citizens came to the toll station on the highway within half an hour in an effort to stop the truck, which has to pass through there. The volunteers called local police and at 11pm the truck, with 505 dogs in 156 cages, was stopped at the toll station on the highway of Kunming, the capital city of Yunnan Province, southwest of China.

Both the caged dogs and the volunteers were made to wait over night at the police station for officers from various local governments to arrive. During this time volunteers tried their best to provide water and food for the poor dogs who were all squeezed into the cages, and even with their best efforts many dogs were injured and some even died.  The next morning police officers finally allowed the volunteers to take the cages down from the trucks as their situation was worsening.

The loving volunteers worked hard to keep all dogs fed and as healthy as possible, as well as providing shade and protecting them from the hot sun. 

There were many breeds of dogs that were kidnapped including Husky and Samoyed, with many wearing leads and wearing clothes, clear indications that these dogs were stolen from their families by these evil people. Many dogs were very weak and sick from the terrible ordeal.

The driver of the truck had no legal paper work with him, and the dogs were supposed to be released by the Animal Quarantine Office. However, the local AQ officer had phoned the AQ office in Xichang, Sichuan Province, where the truck had originally come from, and declared the certificate that they had over there legal. This caused the officers to allow any healthy dogs to go back to the driver.

It is ridiculous that such a thing was allowed based on no evidence that there is even a real certificate. Even with a legal certificate the poor dogs should never be allowed to go back to the dog napper.  By this time it was getting dark, and the police forced volunteers out of the police station. The poor dogs were caged again and reloaded up to the truck to prepare to go.

13 year old famous Child Star Zhao Dan and her brother with their Dad were there after school for rescue dogs. In her weibo, she was asking all her friend of the directors, the movie stars and her friend to help to save dogs. She is real hope of China!

To stop this injustice from happening the volunteers refused to leave and waited outside the front gate of the police station and sent out a message for more people to come via Weibo. Dog lovers from inside and outside of China called the local government and the police station repeatedly to protest their decision.

Volunteers had their cars block the front gate of the police station in order to stop the truck and dogs leaving, and many volunteers and dog lovers arrived to block the front gate and tell them to release the dogs.

It is wonderful to see so many loving people go to such efforts to rescue these dogs!

Finally a sum of 60000 RMB (around $10000 USD) was paid by a loving person who does not wish to be named, and the dogs were finally released to a local animal rescue group. This happened on the midnight of April the 20th, and the tired volunteers were happy to see the dogs finally being freed from their cages.

On the morning of April the 21st more volunteers and local vets came to treat injured dogs and ensure their safety. Many citizens in Kunming wish to adopt dogs and it was great to already see some dogs being given a nice home.

The Kunming Yixin Stray Animal Rescue group had around four hundred dogs in their shelter before the 20/04 rescue, and endeavoured to make more space for the rescued dogs to stay in.

Hopefully with support from more loving people from China as well as elsewhere in the world, the rescued dogs will recover soon and be returned to be family members again.

Though it is unfortunate that such a large sum of money had to be paid to the evil dog nappers to get the dogs to be released, it is still great to hear these dogs will now be safe and sound. The 4.20 Kunming dog rescue is sure to make the history books of animal protection in China.

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Saved from the dinner table: Activists rescue more than 500 caged dogs destined for restaurants in China

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Barbaric: The dogs were discovered crammed into tiny cages on the back of a truck in Kunming, China

This is April 2012

“What’s happened since 2010??? NOTHING!!”

Crammed into tiny cages and enduring appalling conditions, these dogs had been destined for restaurant tables in China.

But they were saved from that fate after activists intercepted the truck carrying them.

Many of the 505 creatures had barely survived their terrible ordeal, having endured cramped conditions and a lack of water during their near 1,000 mile journey by road.

Cruel: Many of the animals, thought to be destined for a restaurant, were suffering from dehydration when they were saved

But rescue came too late for 11 dogs which had succumbed to dehydration and exposure.
The driver, who was questioned by police, said he had been employed to take the animals from Mianning county, Xichang city in the southwest of Sichuan province,to restaurants in Yulin city in south China’s Guangxiprovince.

Cruel: Many of the animals, thought to be destined for a restaurant, were suffering from dehydration when they were saved.

Suffering: Activists arrived too late to save around 11 of the dogs which had already died under the terrible conditions

Volunteers provided the dogs with water and food which they had been deprived of because of the narrow space in the truck.The trade and transportation of animals in China has come in for criticism by campaigners in the West.

Saved: Volunteers provided the dogs with water and food which they had been deprived of because of the narrow space in the truck

Some of the huge markets which sell dogs and cats to restaurants for slaughter and human consumption, came under international spot light several years ago after being the suspected origin of the deadly SARS virus.

Rescue: The activists stopped a truck carrying 505 dogs on Puji road on Thursday evening.

It is not uncommon for dogs, as well as other animals, to be crammed so tightly together into tiny metal cages they cannot even bark – an environment ripe for the spread of disease.

Business: The dogs in this case had a fortunate escape but the trade in dog meat means many more animals are not as lucky

In one of the large markets, on a 60 acre site in Guangzhou, China, cages of dogs and cats – some of them bred as domestic pets – are piled high and when an animal is chosen for sale it is bludgeoned with an iron bar until it is close to death before, being handed over to the purchaser.

Sickening: Many of the animals showed signs of the appalling conditions in which there were transported - including dehydration and other injuries

Fate: The driver of the truck told police he employed to transport dogs to a restaurant in Yulin city in south China’s Guangxi province


Eleven countries around the globe still eat dog meat. They are: China, Indonesia, Korea, Mexico, Philippines, Polynesia, Taiwan, Vietnam, the Arctic and Antarctic and two cantons in Switzerland.

China: Although the Chinese were the first to domesticate the dog and keep them as pets, dog meat has been a source of food from at least the time of Confucius, and possibly even before.

Indonesia: Eating dog meat is usually associated with people from the Batak Toba culture, who cook a traditional dish named saksang that is like a dog-meat stew.

Mexico: Dogs were historically bred for their meat by the Aztecs. These dogs were called itzcuintlis, and were often pictured on pre-Columbian Mexican pottery.

Philippines: In the capital city of Manila,the law specifically prohibits the killing and selling of dogs for food except in certain circumstances including research and animal population control.

Polynesia: Dogs were historically eaten in Tahiti and other islands of Polynesia at the time of first European contact in 1769.

Taiwan: Dog meat in Taiwan is particularly eaten in the winter months, especially black dogs, which are believed to help retain body warmth.

Korea: Gaegogi literally means ‘dog meat’ in Korean. Gaegogi, however, is often mistaken as the term for Korean soup made from dog meat, bosintang. The distaste felt by dog lovers, particularly from the West, has made this dish very controversial.

Switzerland: According to a Swiss newspaper report in 1996, the Swiss rural cantons of Appenzell and St. Gallen are known to have had a tradition of eating dogs, curing dog meat into jerky and sausages, as well as using the lard for medicinal purposes.

Vietnam: Dog meat is eaten throughout Vietnam. To many Northerners, it is a popular, if relatively expensive, dinnertime restaurant meal.

Arctic and Antarctic: Dogs have historically been an emergency food source for various peoples in Siberia, Alaska, northern Canada, and Greenland. Sled dogs are usually maintained for pulling sleds, but occasionally are eaten when no other food is available.

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This video was taken January 2012 – When another truck was intercepted by animal lovers.

Starving, exhausted and crammed into tiny cages, they were just hours away from being killed for restaurants.

Animal welfare volunteers and police in Chongqing, south-west China, discovered the malnourished and dehydrated animals loaded inside cages so small they couldn’t stand up.

They took them to a nearby farm where they were given food, water and emergency medical treatment, but many were too frail to survive.

After spotting the truck carrying the animals, he posted a plea on the web, begging for help in saving the dogs’ lives.

It was answered by animal welfare volunteers, and with the assistance of the police, they intercepted the vehicle at a toll gate. Many of the dogs, which were being taken to Guangdong province, in the far south of the country, were saved.

Eating dog meat in China dates back thousands of years. It is  also consumed in countries including Indonesia, Korea, Mexico, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam, but is illegal in most Western countries.

Restaurants serving dog  are common in many Chinese cities, but particularly in Guangdong province, where some locals think it has medicinal properties.

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Despite proposals to ban the consumption of dog last year, and growing international opposition to the practice, the meat has continued to be sold.

Alan Knight, chief executive of International Animal Rescue, said: ‘The transport is disgusting. They cram them into small wire cages, with no food or water, and take them across the country and kill them in inhumane ways.

‘This is happening every day. The whole concept of ethics is different to ours and it will be difficult to change, but local animal welfare groups are starting to make headway.’

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