Chinese Activists Intercept Truck En Route to Slaughter House, Save 500 Dogs

Spotted on a Yunnan Province highway, a truck hauling hundreds of dogs from Fumin to Kunming was intercepted by animal activists following a wave of social media outrage. Destined for China’s restaurants, the commercial vehicle became an object of interest after pictures of it began circulating on the Chinese equivalent of Twitter.

Concerned that the vehicle was in violation of transportation laws, police directed the driver to a nearby station. Animal advocates arrived and began unloading cages as soon as it was parked. In all, they counted  505 dogs packed into 156 cages.

A total of 505 dogs were packed into 156 cages. photo© China Quirky News


Volunteers would spend the day and night feeding, watering and treating the survivors. Unfortunately a number of dogs were crushed to death in their cages.

When officers from the local Animal Inspection Department investigating the matter arrived the next day, they delivered unbelievably bad news: according to local law, the transportation of the dogs was legal. Because the driver of the truck had a license to transport them, police said that despite their ultimate destination, there was nothing they could do to hold the dogs.

When all appeared lost,  a private dog rescue group came forward. In the interest of saving the dogs, they paid the truck driver 60,000 Yuan to take them from him. Now the hard work begins as dogs are dispersed to local shelters, and those responsible for saving them them scramble to find homes for as many as possible.

This is the third large scale rescue of its kind in Asia this year. In January, 750 dogs were saved by a Thai Navy patrol, and later that month,  1,100 dogs were saved from a trip to the slaughterhouse in Chongqing, China.


  1. Cheryl says on  04/26/2012 at 11:24 am

    Thank you to the saviors in Chinas – your work is hard and thankless – know you are appreciated on the other side of the world as well as in the heart of every dog-loving person there is.

  2. Paula says on  04/26/2012 at 11:42 am

    Thank-you to the private dog rescue group for intervening. God bless those who try to stop this horrific practice. These pictures are sickening. Many prayers and hope these poor animals get a loving place to call home.

  3. Robert says on  04/26/2012 at 12:00 pm

    good job guys

  4. Suzanna says on  04/26/2012 at 12:00 pm


  5. that is the saddest thing I have ever seen

  6. Sherri says on  04/26/2012 at 12:01 pm

    what brave activists!

  7. Julie says on  04/26/2012 at 12:01 pm

    Please God be with these wonderful people and animals. CHANGE THE WORLD!!!

  8. Renee says on  04/26/2012 at 12:01 pm

    The tendency is to cheer the activists, but what will they do with more than 500 dogs? Will those dogs now be neglected, euthanized, or ???

  9. Laura says on  04/26/2012 at 12:02 pm


  10. why do they wanna slaughter dogs? to eat them? sicko’s!

  11. bravissimi!!!!

  12. Deborah says on  04/26/2012 at 12:02 pm

    how disgusting is that!

  13. Marilyn says on  04/26/2012 at 12:02 pm


  14. Tamara says on  04/26/2012 at 12:02 pm

    How they can eat mans best friend is beyond me…

    • Linda says on  04/26/2012 at 2:01 pm

      The Chinese don’t see dogs as pets only to be used as food. disgusting!

      • Heidi says on  04/26/2012 at 2:38 pm

        Your statement is false. While some Chinese do eat dogs, Chinese activists are the ones who saved these dogs. Obviously, there are Chinese people who love dogs as much as we do.

  15. Deborah says on  04/26/2012 at 12:02 pm

    bless the people who stepped up!

  16. Eating a dog is wrong! Dogs are like people. They have emotions and the ability to love, much unlike chickens, goats, pigs, cows or fish. :X

  17. Brill! What a wonderful gift to both the dogs and the humans.

    I so wish anyone who cares an iota about dogs would do the same thing for the 10 billion land animals slaughtered in equally vicious manners in this country. I’d love to see animal activists stop a truck full of 6-mos-old piglets on their way to slaughter…pigs, by the way, are more intelligent than dogs and equally emotional and engaging. Or maybe just stop eating those animals.

    But alas, animal activists in this country see dogs as “companions” while blithely sentencing billions of amazing creatures to an absolutely unnecessary slaughter.

    • Anonymous says on  04/27/2012 at 2:56 am


    • Anonymous says on  04/28/2012 at 4:35 am

      I agree with you that animals in our very own backyard are treated with complete disreguard. I personally only eat chicken and eggs that are cage free. No beef or pork at all. These “factory farms” we have are cruel to the animals, and whether the animals are intelligent or not….matters not. I’m not a vegetarian, but I make conscious choices as to where my food comes from, and it must be cruelty free.

  18. Elizabeth says on  04/26/2012 at 12:03 pm


  19. Dixie says on  04/26/2012 at 12:04 pm


  20. Wow. great job! what a vile way to treat dogs or any animals.

  21. Soon says on  04/26/2012 at 12:04 pm

    They’ve done a good job….Really salutes them for their courage

  22. Cheryl says on  04/26/2012 at 12:04 pm

    Our “great country” has already approved horse meat for consumption … how long before we are following China’s footsteps in the dog meat trade? Thoroughly disgusting!!!

  23. Dislike! Glad to hear they saved the dogs.

  24. what happened to sanctions on nations that violate the rights of living things? the US gov’t needs to tell China that we will stop importing all the crap that is made there until they stop the slaughter of dogs for food of all things. They are responsible for the slaughter of endagered animals, dogs, and still big on the fur trade.. Yes I know everything is made in China and it is hard to avoid buying their imports but it really is crap quality. I spend the extra few bucks where I can when I find something made somewhere other than China and hope its better quality and a few extra bucks here and there make them think twice about turning mans best friend into dinner for god sake.

  25. Monica says on  04/26/2012 at 12:05 pm

    so disgusting

  26. Obama does not support this message.. lol 😉

  27. It’s disgusting but more disgusting is the Chinese restaurants in America do it as well. And ALL animals have the capacity to love. I have a goat and I don’t doubt that he loves me. So whoever said chickens, goats and other farm animals can’t love, you are wrong.

  28. That’s just wrong, who eats a dog ! Go eat fish. :(

  29. Wonderful!!!

  30. This makes my heart sick. Truly, physically sick.

  31. Sherry says on  04/26/2012 at 12:06 pm


  32. Lee says on  04/26/2012 at 12:06 pm

    One more step to Soylent Green…

  33. Leanne says on  04/26/2012 at 12:07 pm

    Every time this happens, I am glad they are relieved from the horrific conditions they are kept in, the tiny cramped cages, the abhorrent slaughter (yes, I am veg(etari)an, I despise people eating cows as much as dogs, before someone starts!) but seriously, where do all the rescues end up? Even in the most animal friendly country, and I’m not saying anything about the Chinese people, just that even in somewhere like America or Britain it would be a MAMMOTH task to find homes for so many animals! Obviously I pray they do find homes, but I still wonder, especially as this is the third one this year…

    • Anonymous says on  04/28/2012 at 4:42 am

      China has a HUGE population.1.3 billion people. 1of every 5 people in the world lives in China. They should be able to find them homes.

  34. thank god?

  35. I hope they could rehome all 505 dogs.

  36. I was in China last year, and whilst eating in a locals home, we turned around to see dog paws laying on the table behind us.. it was a disturbing sight and while I realize there is a severe lack of food and many mouths to feed it is about survival of the fittest. If your child was starving you would do anything it took to feed it.. sucks it has to be our canine friends.. :(

  37. Fernanda says on  04/26/2012 at 12:08 pm

    Encourage these heroic activists to get organized and get our support! We are all very powerful when we band together. I say start an international movement that brands dog eaters as “those with small penises.”

    Hit these idiots right where it matters and humiliate their supposed “virility.”

  38. THis makes my heart hurt. Thank God for the animal activists.

  39. Kim says on  04/26/2012 at 12:10 pm

    Good job. 500 animals were saved from being tazed and skinned alive for food. that’s impressive.

  40. Fernanda says on  04/26/2012 at 12:10 pm

    I’m not kidding.

    Fur wearers have smelly vagina’s.

    Dog eaters have small penises.

    It’s that simple.

  41. Heisy says on  04/26/2012 at 12:10 pm

    this is why we shouldn’t buy stuff made in china!!!disgusting !!!!!!!

  42. Kim says on  04/26/2012 at 12:10 pm

    sure beau but if they can AFFORD to go OUT to eat then maybe chicken would be a better option…

  43. There are many countries that the people are starving, and there is not enough food, however you will still see the people trying to care for thier dogs. They do not chose to eat they do not see them as food but as companions. China sees dog has a food source…really has nothing to do with shortage of food.

  44. Are you SURE they didn’t EAT them?

  45. glad they done it .chinese saved em for now thank god .

  46. Kim says on  04/26/2012 at 12:13 pm

    and for the vegetarians that isn’t always an option for alot of people, fresh fruits/ vegs. and veg. meats can be quite expensive especially if you are feeding more than just yourself…

  47. so what happens to the dogs now that they have stoped them from being put down?

  48. How could anyone do this to any animal??? Thank god for the people who saved them!

  49. I was going to share this story, but I can’t seem to get the link to work.

  50. The articles I read said that many still had collars and name tags – they had been stolen from their owners. The articles said others would be taken to animal shelters, but I’m sure many will still be euthanized :(

  51. marly says on  04/26/2012 at 12:14 pm

    in china they kill the dogs cats alive hang them upside down and cut them open to skin them while alive..sick bastards,,,they need to be cut open same wy…get a PACK OF NOODLES LEAVE DOGS CATS ALONE…

  52. :( the things that go on in the world… can you imagine, the things we dont know about :(

  53. Killing and eating ANY animal is immoral, we are outraged that some cultures eat “pets” but think twice tonight as you dig into that juicy pork chop. I hope these poor dogs survive, it’s very unlikely they will find homes, as most Chinese prefer pure bred fashionable dogs, these poor creatures are mixed strays that are considered only good for eating.

  54. That is so far beyond distgusting! Them ppl are dirty

  55. Kristine says on  04/26/2012 at 12:19 pm

    Remind me to never go to china!

  56. well in my opinion…if they would quit breeding in china, they wouldnt have so many mouths to feed…and also…why isnt there charges being brought to the assholes that breed the dogs and sell to them? sickos everywhere… and the restaurants here in America..if they are caught serving cats or dogs…they are shut down…thats what happened in our town… shut them down and kick their dumb asses out of our loving country….is what i say…

  57. Sue says on  04/26/2012 at 12:19 pm

    What is wrong with these people. Don’t they see how cruel this is ? All this stuff from China, between the bad food and animal treats and animal cruelty. This does not endear people to them , or China !!

  58. Vincent says on  04/26/2012 at 12:20 pm

    site down?

  59. Sue says on  04/26/2012 at 12:20 pm

    so sad i will never visit that country, good work to the rescuers!!

  60. i know are eating dog monlam

  61. Meghan says on  04/26/2012 at 12:21 pm

    These comments are disgusting. You can disagree with the practice without berating the people.

  62. The chineese are still savages when it comes to cruely to animals!

  63. thank you!

  64. AWESOME that they were able to intervene!

  65. Monlam says on  04/26/2012 at 12:30 pm

    what the Hell happening in China? Now almost everything in the world saleing made in China. They have so much money why they don’t leave cats & dogs alone? Almost everything on earth they eat. Even humans baby. Sick they are. This year Chines president announce Chines defence budget sick president spend that money to give foods to peoples who eat dogs and cats. Dogs are human best friend. Does Chines police & army keep dogs? Or they just eat them after training or just put them up side down & skin them alive? O my god. Can some body teach them meaning of good karma and a bad karma. Free Tibet other wise they’ll kill all Tibet animals and Tibetans

  66. Is something wrong with your site? I can’t even access the actual site let alone the story itself?

  67. I love that they did this!!

  68. Suzi says on  04/26/2012 at 12:31 pm

    What the hell is the matter with these people? Thank God for the activists! Great work and continued success as you have a long road ahead. What kind of people eat that?? DISGUSTING!

  69. I would love to be able to do something like that!!! Well done guys!!! So proud !!!

  70. Jan says on  04/26/2012 at 12:32 pm

    People over here are obviously outraged by this because we keep dogs as pets. Cute, fluffy ball fetching friends. But we don’t think twice about where the bacon, the steak or the low fat turkey breast came from. Those are animals too. I’ve seen pot belly pigs play fetch. It’s a different culture over there. In India for example they wouldn’t dream of ever eating a cow. Those people would look at us as barbarians for eating their sacred animals. Taking them to slaughter houses by the truck load and processed like they were nothing.

  71. Jan says on  04/26/2012 at 12:32 pm

    Different cultures, different views on things. No need to call them barbaric or some other derogatory term. They’re no different than Americans.

  72. Kelly says on  04/26/2012 at 12:33 pm

    What happens to all of these dogs they save?

  73. Debbie says on  04/26/2012 at 12:34 pm

    Those people should eat themselves. LOL

  74. Cherie Scott says on  04/26/2012 at 12:34 pm


  75. Is this link being blocked? I can’t get it to load.

  76. Monlam says on  04/26/2012 at 12:35 pm

    what u mean wrong with site. My site is freedom not just dogs even humans. Don’t ignor Tibet. If u don’t like my site come to India we’ll have interview with humans rights.

  77. A terrible, incomprehensible custom in China!

  78. Maria says on  04/26/2012 at 12:36 pm

    This country is disgusting to say the least. Come on China and try to join civilization and stick to noodles.

  79. Horrible

  80. Pay your debt before talk shit about China

  81. Cheryl says on  04/26/2012 at 12:42 pm

    They not only eat them, but they skin them alive for their fur. If anyone is wearing Fur trimmed clothing or cute little animals MADE IN CHINA you can bet a dog was brutally murdered to make it. Think about that before you eat/wear anything from China…..

  82. Vincent says on  04/26/2012 at 12:42 pm

    dog arent that kind of animal who you would eat, theres almost no meat on it. You also dont eat tiger:S

  83. Laura says on  04/26/2012 at 12:43 pm

    A lot of these comments are so ignorant and ethnocentric, it is disheartening. The Chinese are no more cruel to animals than we are in the states. I guess most of you either haven’t visited a factory farm or believe chickens, cows, and pigs don’t deserve humane treatment…only dogs do. No species deserves better treatment than another, but there seems to be a prevalent belief that people come first then dogs and cats…trailing behind are fish, fowl, and other animals who can suffer and die as long as you get to eat meat in convenient styrofoam packages and wear leather shoes. I really hope for more from the animal rescue community than such judgment and obtuseness.

  84. No more ? ChiComs at work? Anybody remember “When in Rome”?

  85. Anna says on  04/26/2012 at 12:46 pm

    They do the same in South Korea!

  86. Monlam says on  04/26/2012 at 12:51 pm

    America is much much batter. America has given freedom for animals & human. America has given all the business to China. Come on China eat macDonald only those who eats dogs bye cats.

  87. Just think of how many they’ve missed.

  88. Monlam says on  04/26/2012 at 12:56 pm

    thanks to all Chines friends who saved all 505 dogs. Xie xie ni peoples of China who loved animals & helping animals

  89. im currently living in china. it honestly is a sh**hole. The way they treat their animals is a true insight to the character and mentality of this country and their treatment towards each other. I saved a puppy from being boiled ALIVE. They say humanity makes you human but i say cruelty does – no species is capable of cruelty except humans

  90. good

  91. Monlam says on  04/26/2012 at 1:01 pm

    i totali agree we’re not against all China. But think positive. Here most peoples are taking only against those cruel with animals. Good and bad every where. But there should be a limit enough is enough.

  92. Monlam says on  04/26/2012 at 1:03 pm

    good karma Dani. Thanks a lot for saving puppy

  93. Memo to Chinese people- DO NOT EAT DOGS -u lose face to do such a brutal thing. U bring SHAME upon u and your culture and your families when u do this. STOP!!!!!!!

  94. Sumi says on  04/26/2012 at 1:05 pm

    Great job. I hope they all find wonderful homes…and that this practice stops in Asia ASAP. It’s barbaric.

  95. Stay away from our Rhinos, Rhino horn is not medicine

  96. Monlam says on  04/26/2012 at 1:06 pm

    peoples for animals:-)

  97. Monlam says on  04/26/2012 at 1:09 pm

    stay away from our tigers and elephants. They are not for medicine either

  98. Odumba is a dog-eater!!

  99. Sumi says on  04/26/2012 at 1:15 pm

    OMG!!! They need to be educated about animal cruelty!!! No wonder they’re making products that are killing dogs over there. They don’t value the dog’s lives at all. People are the cruelest animals. I wonder if we will ever change for the better.

  100. omg!!!! how can they do this!!!!

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