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Chinese Donors Raise Hundreds of Thousands of Yuan to Rescue Yulin Dogs

Posted: 07/7/2014 5:26 pm

yangzhou dog rescue yulin dog eating festivalAfter being rescued from certain death as an entree at the Yulin Summer Solstice Dog Eating Festival, some 413 dogs are getting a second chance at a dog sanctuary in Yangzhou, Jiangsu Province, reports Caijing.

A representative of the dog sanctuary has revealed that hundreds of thousands of yuan were spent to rescue 417 dogs from Yulin.

READ: Yulin Draws Foreigners Who Dine on Dog Meat

The dogs were transported back to Yangzhou in extra-large cages on a giant transport truck by two Shanghai volunteers. Costing about 15,000 yuan, The journey from Yulin to Yangzhou is about 800km by train and cost about RMB 15,000. Unfortunately, four dogs perished during the trip.

The dogs finally arrived at the Gaoyou dog sanctuary at 1am on July 4. After undergoing a quarantine administered by the local authorities, the dogs have finally been set free.

So who paid for all of this? Apparently some wealthy people in China, including a few from Shanghai.

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A representative for the dog sanctuary explains their needs:

For the Yulin dog rescue, a fund of RMB 200,000 was raised. Aside from the funds already spent, there is now the need for RMB100,000 for the dogs’ upkeep. We need donations to raise funds.

The dogs consume five large bags of dog food in one meal, costing RMB 1,000 per day. Staff say they feed the animals twice a day, bringing the cost to RMB 60,000 a month.

READ: Yulin Dog Sellers Openly Taunt Dog Lovers: “Buy the Dog Or it Dies!”

The final goal of the dog sanctuary is to find them each a good home. After full quarantine approval, the dogs will be registered and available for adoption. If not adopted, the dogs will be allowed to live at the sanctuary for the remainder of their lives.

To prevent the dogs from falling back into the hands of unscrupulous dog traders, a rigorous approval process is mandated for every person interested in adopting a dog from the sanctuary. People must provide a valid ID and sign a contract guaranteeing the dog’s safety as well as check-in from time to time with a photo of the dog.

READ: Yulin Dog Eating Festival: “The More You Protest,
The Better Our Business!”

Even though these dogs are safely out of harm’s way, other dogs in the same province will be undergoing a similar fate to those in Yulin, Guangxi.

Reports of a dog-eating festival in Jiangsu Province are being downplayed by the local government, saying that it is an “activity run by a business”. Organizers of the event cite thousands of years of tradition as they prepare for a festival that is “small-scale” and open only to an invited group of about a hundred people.


Photos: Yangcheng Evening Report


China Denies Killing US Pets with Tainted Dog Food

Posted: 07/3/2014 7:24 pm
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An online warning to US pet owners issued at

China has categorically denied that Chinese-made dog food has killed hundreds of pets in the United States, reports the Beijing Morning Post.

Lu Chunming, the deputy head of the Bureau of Quality Inspection, said the US Food and Drug Administration has not fully investigated the issue, adding the US agency has criticized Chinese-made products without providing scientific proof.

Lu stated that all Chinese exported products must meet its production standards, and the quality control is even stricter for brand names exported to the US.

Lu made his comments in response to an FDA post on May 16. The FDA says that, up to now, it has received reports of some 4,800 cases of dog illnesses in the USA, of which 1,000 have died as a result. The FDA states all illnesses have to do with a consuming a specific type of chicken jerky that originates from China.

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An online warning to US pet owners issued at

However, the FDA is leaving room for error, stating it was “not able to identify an exact cause-and-effect nature of that relationship” with the chicken jerky treats. The agency says it has been working with Chinese authorities and scientists to resolve the problem.

Dogs that have eaten the contaminated product will exhibit the following symptoms: decreased appetite, decreased activity, vomiting, diarrhea, sometimes with blood; increased water consumption and/or increased urination.

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Lu contradicts the FDA’s findings, emphasizing that neither any complaints nor disputes have ever been brought up before, and that trade between the countries has developed smoothly.

All the same, US media reports warning against the dangers of Chinese imports have been published before. The FDA has been warning the US public about Chinese pet food since 2007.

Even though Lu is adamant about the high safety regulations of Chinese exported goods, Lu doesn’t have the confidence of Chinese pet owners who have taken to importing dog food from the USA to feed to their pets.

Photo: the internet pet vet, News Inferno


Animal Activists Clash with Dog-Serving Guangxi Restaurant

Posted: 06/11/2014 6:28 pm

dog meat restaurant animal activists rightsDespite taking the proper precautions to prevent such conflicts, a restaurateur in Guangxi Province was targeted by several animal activists trying to forcibly release captured dogs from his restaurant, reports the Yangcheng Evening Report.

According to a Xinmin Community report, 10 unidentified people from Guangdong, Nanning and Guangxi clashed with local residents in Yulin over the treatment and capture of dogs used for their meat on June 10 at around 8am.

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The activists first got into an altercation with a merchant, and tried to throw food at the trapped dogs. When that didn’t work, the activists alerted police.

However, the activists weren’t happy with police and municipal food inspection workers so they kicked down the merchant’s door despite him showing his certificate of quarantine. 

The animal activists have all been detained by meat restaurant animal activists rights

Yulin has been trying to prevent these kinds of disputes.

To keep from drawing attention from activists, restauranteurs were told to remove the word “dog” from signs and menus, refrain from slaughtering dogs in a public place (such as in the middle of the street), and not to hang cooked dog meat in front of the store.

Here are some censored signs that don’t have the character “dog” in them:

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Right above the woman are the words “Live roasted x“.

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The censored words are in the middle of this sign: “House specialties: x, mutton

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The sign reads in part: “… crispy skin x meat“.

Most city restaurants have complied with the guidelines, but some residents who are proud of their dog-eating ways are upset.

Yulin resident Mr Liu said the “dog” character in signs should not be hidden:

We haven’t done anything illegal, why must we eat dog meat on the sly?

Soon no Yulin resident will have to be shy about their taste for canines. On June 21, the Summer Soltice Lichee Dog Meat Festival will take place in Yulin. Last year, it was estimated nearly 10,000 dogs were consumed during the festival.

Animal activists have proven to be influential in shutting down similar events. In 2011, the City of Jinhua in Zhejiang Province cancelled its dog eating festival due to public pressure.

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Photos Yangcheng Evening Report, Caijing, Shenzhen Evening Report


Another Brutal Dog Killing, This Time at a Shelter in Hangzhou

Posted: 05/28/2014 4:45 pm

Only days after we broke the story of a brutal beating of a dog in Beijing in broad daylight, another horrific dog killing story has surfaced in Hangzhou. This time, nobody’s pet was beaten in front of the owner, but it’s just as sickening.

An urban management officer (otherwise known as chengguan) collected a mother and seven pups from a market in Hangzhou after the owner complained the mother had become more vicious after giving birth. The officer took the dogs to the animal shelter to have them put down. In order to deal with the newborn pups, a middle-aged staffer at the shelter lifted the pups into the air one-by-one and threw them down with tremendous force to kill them, all in full view of the mother. Some were so young they were unable to open their eyes.

The Chinese internet obviously became outraged after the photos surfaced. SCMP has translated a few comments:

“If the mother dog should be killed for hurting a man, what should we do to the man that has killed seven puppies?” wrote one microblogger.

“It’s not a stray dog shelter, but a slaughter house!” another wrote.

An animal welfare association based in Hangzhou said many stray dogs were treated cruelly when they were sent to be “controlled” by the relevant government departments.

It said: “The city administration and law enforcement bureau should make public how you “control” the stray dogs … by ‘control’ do you mean all stray dogs should be killed?”

This is just the latest case of extreme animal abuse in China, and one wonders what needs to happen before dogs are dealt with humanely.

Trevor Metz, who previously owned “One-eyed Jack” before he was beaten to death in Beijing, said confiscating unregistered pets is not the problem; rather, the issue lies in dealing with the pets in a humane way after they are confiscated.

One hopes the authorities in China take his advice.

Home page photo credit: SCMP


Shenzhen finding new ways to keep streets clean: now building public toilets for pets

Posted: 01/30/2013 7:00 am

An activity was held to promote “the civilized raising of pets” in Dongmen Cultural Square in Shenzhen’s Luohu District Monday. At the meeting, it was declared that Luohu District would lead the way in building public toilets for pets to help keep the streets clean, Shenzhen Special Zone Daily reports.

The paper revealed that the district has already built 80 of the toilets and has so far installed 30 for a trial period. The drive started at the end of last year ahead of the city’s new civility laws coming into effect.

Each toilet will have an area of about 1 square metre and be located on the greenbelts by the sides of roads and in parks.

By the end of this year, the district hopes to have over 1,000 of the toilets.

As always, netizens reactions were mixed. One Sina Weibo user resented having his tax money used to help dog owners. Another said the reason why there was so much dog feces on the streets was that dog owners were all selfish and immoral. Another supported the move but hoped that dog owners would have the consideration to cooperate.


Drunk woman passes out in the street, pet dogs protect her

Posted: 02/13/2012 8:15 am

On February 4 in Guangzhou’s Yuexiu district, a woman walking alone but too intoxicated to walk any further, passed out on the sidewalk and began vomiting. The two snow-white pomeranians accompanying her at the time then stood guard to protect their owner. New Express was tipped off and got a reporter to the scene.

The newspaper talked to one of the passersby, Ms. Tang, who came across the woman at around 5:30 p.m. that day, finding her already lying on the pavement and struggling, unsuccessfully to stand up. Soon after, the woman vomited off to her side.

“She smelled strongly of alcohol, it looked as though she’d had too much to drink.” Tang called 120.

Meanwhile, the two dogs refused to let anyone approach their owner, even biting at police who arrived shortly after. “Pedestrians walked up,” Tang said, “and the dogs stared at them until they moved away.”

The woman’s two dogs then became the story, online and in print. Further, other bystanders reported that once an ambulance arrived and emergency care attendants sought to help the woman up, her dogs finally backed down, seemingly aware of what was going on.

The UK’s Daily Mail has reported on one study which found that a dog’s IQ is approximately equal to that of babies between 6 months and 2 years of age. While it might help to bring your dogs along on your next bender, toddlers are best left at home.


Dogs move from the dinner plate to the perfect companion

Posted: 09/3/2011 9:17 pm


It’s a sad, outdated cliche: that Chinese people all eat dogs. In fact, while certain regions in China prefer dog (I’m looking at you, Guizhou) and it can still be found in many restaurants (I once had dog soup served up at the official CCTV Christmas party in Beijing), it’s really not that popular of a dish in China. On the long list of exotic foods consumed in this country, dogs wouldn’t make the top five. (As an aside, I once dined at a Guangzhou restaurant that allowed diners to select their own live peacock from a cage to consume.)

A couple of things to get out of the way: Dog eating is actually more of a Korean thing than a China one. Secondly, dogs consumed for food aren’t poodles or daschunds or labradors. Only dogs specifically bred for food are served up. (If you want to look at some pics of dogs being carted off to the slaughterhouse, check Hong Kong-based Alex Hofford’s pics here. If you are particularly sensitive about animals, I suggest you avoid clicking that link.)

Nonetheless, as China continues to develop and people get richer, the luxury of taking care of dogs is more available now than ever. CNN recently did a story, based in Shenzhen, that took a look at growing dog ownership in China. It notes how much times really have changed:

When Shenzhen housewife Zhang Lin was growing up in rural Guangdong province, her family kept guard dogs, some of which were slaughtered for meat during the Lunar New Year.

Now she is the owner of Dou-dou, a high-energy miniature poodle she bought for 4,000 yuan ($626), more than triple this southern Chinese city’s monthly minimum wage. She never eats dog meat and treats Dou-dou like her child.

“Growing up, we always had dogs around, but their purpose was [for] meat and guarding the house,” Zhang said. “Dou-dou is my companion.”

Zhang regularly takes Dou-dou to King Glory Plaza, a large public square dominated by an upscale shopping mall, where the Shenzhen middle class come out to play. At night, the square is filled with children whizzing by on roller-skates and couples relaxing on benches, as well as with China’s newest beneficiaries of economic growth: dogs. Poodles, huskies, Labradors run off leash, tails wagging and tongues flailing, as their owners share health and grooming tips. Despite Shenzhen’s tiny apartments, most of the dogs at the square are large breeds.

Even though dogs are more popular, some jurisdictions, like Dongguan, don’t take too kindly to them. Indeed, CNN notes that the traditional view of dogs – as animals to be consumed – persists in some ways:

This new coddling of dogs as pets does not mean the old custom of eating dog meat has disappeared. Type the Chinese character for dog, gou, into an iPhone, and predictive text will offer you meat,rou, as a logical follow-up character.

Restaurants specializing in dog cuisine — which advertise the health and tradition of the canine meat — line bustling Shenzhen night markets.

In a market near Dongmen, a Mecca for discount and wholesale shoppers, a customer asking for dog meat is told to go upstairs. On the second floor, there are basins of live crocodiles, hanging lamb and pig carcasses, but on that particular day no dog meat was available. “Come back tomorrow,” says a little girl shelling clams.

One man who sells in-demand breeds at a pet store in Dongmen says his career of selling dogs hasn’t changed his outlook on eating dog meat.

“How is it any different from eating any other animal?” he says. “It’s just the same as beef.”

Which is a good point, when one thinks about it. Dogs are somewhat sacred to westerners, because they are considered to be “man’s best friend”. But cows are sacred to some in India, and Jewish people won’t eat pork. So who’s to say? Americans eat turtles and the French eat horses, so to each his own. The question is, is it possible to love dogs and eat them at the same time?



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