PEDIGREE DOGS STOLEN FROM THEIR HOMES IN CHINA FOR MEAT Five German Shepherd dogs rescued from China's meat trade are flying in to New York for adoption
These five beautiful German Shepherds are arriving in New York from China. They were rescued last May off a dog meat truck that was heading south to a slaughterhouse in Yulin.
On the 21st. of June the annual Yulin dog meat and lychee fesitival takes place. Activists rallied from all over China to track and then intercept the truck in Henan province. No Dogs Left Behind (NDLB) was called in for assistance. The truck had 600 dogs shoved into small wire butcher cages. The dogs had been shoved in those cages for days and days and were all sick and dying when they were rescued. NDLB immediately set up a makeshift treatment center in the field and treated and vaccinated all the dogs. The dogs had open wounds where they rubbed against the rusty metal of the cages on the rough long journey. After administering emergency medical care, NDLB took the dogs to their Henan shelter where the physical and mental recovery began.
At the shelter they received the veterinary treatment they needed to survive and heal their wounds. They were given lots of time and love so they could recover from the mental trauma and learn to trust people again. These dogs have suffered horrific abuse at the hands of the dog meat traders but they have the most resilient spirits and open hearts. They have traveled a long journey looking for their forever loving homes. They can be adopted at www.northwindkennelsny.com
Most of the dogs are stolen from their homes as they are easier to steal, catch and handle than feral dogs. They are knocked out with a blow dart in their yards and then dragged over, under or through the fence with a noose on a long pole. Other dogs are sold directly to the butchers from owners who no longer want them or breeders who have not managed to sell them or simply snatched off the streets. Many of the dogs are still wearing their collars and some of the smaller dogs are still wearing their coats. They are stuffed into the wire cages where they remain in agony for days and days until the truck is full.
They are stuffed so tightly in the cages that they cannot move and the cages are all piled on top of each other. The trucks drive for days to reach a meeting place where the cages of dogs are weighed and then bid on for the restaurants in Yulin. When the cage is stuffed full of animals it weighs more and therefore fetches more money.
There is no recourse for owners to find their dogs in China as dogs are not chipped and there is no public database. There is no place to look for a stolen dog. We once encountered a heart broken man at a butchers weighing area who couldn’t find his beloved stolen dog. China is an enormous country and the dogs are trucked over such large distances so there is no way of knowing what region they originally came from.
The dogs are tortured because there is a belief that the more the dog has suffered, the better its meat will be and it will make the men who consume it more virile. The dogs are strung up and beaten with metal poles to bruise the meat and then they are skinned alive. The dog skins are then sold commercially to dog leather manufactures and then the products are exported worldwide. So if you purchase leather that is made in China, it very well could be dog skin, and more than likely it was someones pet dog!