The consumption of dogs in China has long been a point of disgust with many Westerners. Animal rights activists have a particularly difficult time in China, but succeeded this week in forcing action to save hundreds of dogs being sent to a slaughterhouse in terrible conditions on a truck from Henan province.
The response of the government followed a use of Twitter and the Internet to alert people of the truck and its grisly cargo. Over 200 people responded to block the truck for 15 hours. It appears that the government did not act, but that the citizens “secured the release of 580 hounds for $17,000 (£10,370).”
There was at least one dead dog and 68 had to be hospitalized.
The truck driver expressed surprise at the hoopla, stating “I transported dogs as (I would) pigs, cows and sheep. The country does not ban the consumption of dog meat.”
The Chinese government appears to agree since there is no reported official action or charges in the case.
Source: Daily Mail