An annual Chinese festival which sees thousands of dogs captured, killed, and eaten has always caused controversy, but this year hundreds of dogs have been saved by brave activists.
A truck filled with 200 dogs traveling to the brutal festival in Yulin was stopped by the Humane Society International (HSI) China branch.
Many of the dogs on board were sick and injured and a large number were wearing collars, suggesting they had been stolen from loving homes.
The HSI activists stopped the truck with 200 dogs on board on a highway near Beijing and alerted the authorities, remaining at the site for an incredible three days, until the dogs were released.
The rescue occurred just weeks before the Yulin dog meat festival takes place on June 21st, where an estimated 10 million dogs and some cats are butchered for their meat.
Wendy Higgins of HSI said, “Many of these poor dogs were in a truly appalling state. Our activists found them crammed together in the filthy truck and sadly 20 dogs were found already dead inside.”
“All the dogs were clearly traumatized, but the activists did an amazing job to save them. The surviving animals will now receive veterinary care and eventually be placed up for adoption.”
Now an online petition is urging Chinese President Xi Jinping to end the festival and has already received millions of signatures, including many high-profile names.
To sign the petition and end this horrific cruelty, click here.