Nearly 1000 dogs were crammed into wire cages and loaded in a truck, only to be transported to a slaughterhouse in Guangzhou, China. Luckily, brave locals and animal right activists managed to put an end to this horror, showing the world just how much we can do when we stand against animal cruelty together.
Peter Li, Chinese policy expert for Humane Society International (HSI), told The Dodo that this load of dogs was “the biggest we have ever seen.” The truck’s journey took 3 days, and it was so crowded inside, the doggies could barely breathe. It is estimated that around 30% of them died from horrible transportation conditions.
“The dogs suffered a lot due to high density,” Li said. “Disease has been spreading among some dogs.”
But it all stopped when one local man drove his SUV in front of the truck and asked the driver to show health certificates every dog sold for meat must have. The driver didn’t have the certificates for all 1000 dogs, as most of them were stolen from their owners or found as strays.
Suddenly, 100 cars and 300 people were there to support the dogs. They started feeding them, and, 10 hours later, the canines were freed. Now they’re safe and looked after by vets.