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Post  Silentwarrior702 on Sun Jan 04, 2009 4:54 pm

RE: 150 dogs rescued from Meat Market
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This poor dog was not so lucky

South China Morning Post

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Sichuan officials rescue 150 dogs after tip-off from activist

by Kelly Chan
Jan 02, 2009

Some 150 dogs destined for the chopping block at a Guangzhou meat
market were seized by officials in Sichuan this week following a tip-
off from a Chengdu animal-rescue centre.

The Hong Kong-based Animals Asia Foundation said it was the first
time a mainland authority had taken the initiative to save dogs from
markets.


Jill Robinson, the foundation's founder and chief executive officer,
said that following Wednesday's rescue, its staff took 149 dogs back
to its Qiming rescue centre in Chengdu for medical care and
quarantine. One dog with distemper was put down.


Ms Robinson said the animals may have been starved for days in cages.

Many had been tied up with rusty wire.


"I hate to think how long they had been in those cages," she
said.
"We heard terrible screams coming from some of the cages, where
terrified dogs were biting each other ... a couple of dogs were
extremely thin - they are like skeletons," Ms Robinson said.


She said some of the dogs may be stolen pets because they were wearing
collars.
There were several purebreds, including two Dalmatians and a
Labrador.


Ms Robinson said that even though the number of dogs saved in the
operation was "a drop in the ocean" compared to the estimated 20
million killed on the mainland for food each year, the government's
effort against the unlicensed trader was a "good omen".


Mainland animal welfare groups were also launching campaigns in
cities to stop the transport of cats to Guangzhou markets and to ask
people not to eat cats and dogs, she said.


"It's a shift towards animal rights," Ms Robinson said, referring to
changing public attitudes towards eating dog and cats.
"People
protest on streets to appeal for animal rights and we can conduct
animal therapy programmes in hospitals and schools ... it's changing.
"

She said that with more education in schools, eating dog meat would
become a thing of the past.


Animal-rights activists have tried to educate Guangdong diners to
wean them off eating cats, dogs and wild animals - for which they are
notorious - and to get them to change their inhumane cooking methods.


In mid-December, Beijing cat lovers handed in a petition at the
southern province's office in the capital calling for cats to be
taken off the menu.

The petition was in response to reports that netizens in Nanjing,
Jiangsu province, had tried in vain to stop 5,000 cats being
transported to Guangzhou markets from the Jiangsu capital because the
transport company was able to produce permits and licences.


The news prompted protests in Nanning, capital of the Guangxi Zhuang
autonomous region bordering Guangdong.
Dozens of members of a group
looking after stray cats displayed banners and chanted slogans in the
city centre seeking a ban on eating cat meat.


Some Guangdong residents have taken up the anti-cat meat cause.

According to Guangzhou's New Express, 100 cat-loving netizens sneaked
into a railway station last month to protest after they had heard
1,000 stolen cats had been delivered for slaughter and consumption.


"I have a dream that Guangdong people will never love eating cat meat
again," the newspaper quoted one protester as saying.
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