A photo being shared online shows dogs cramped in cages along with a story of 900 dogs rescued in China. Today we’ll look at this story.
Volunteers in the Chinese county of Qijiang were alerted to a truck carrying a large number of dogs that were suspected of being stolen. The volunteers were able to stop the truck and save the dogs, though apparently some were injured in a clash between the rescuers and dog sellers. Many of the dogs were still wearing collars and a large number of them were injured or sick. Some died even after being found. The animals were headed for dog meat restaurants in the Guangdong Province.
A photo circulating with the story appears to match accounts of the story that the dogs were being held five to a cage. It isn’t clear yet if this photo is actually of the dogs in the story, though at least one posting of it has nearly 11,000 shares as of this writing.
The fate of the dogs
What will happen to the 900 rescued dogs is a concern for many who have followed this story. A few owners were happily reunited with their pets, but the majority of the animals remain unclaimed. It has been reported that about 50 volunteers in Anwen town are currently caring for the animals.
Though stories such as this typically receive an overwhelmingly sympathetic response, it also tends to prompt social media debate of animal cruelty and abuse by Western countries toward other animals served as food. Commenters have asked why the killing of a dog can prompt such a reaction, when the killing of a cow, pig, or chicken would not.
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