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‘The Moral High Ground’: Chinese Activists Rescue 430 Dogs Headed for Restaurant Tables

Chinese animal rights activists intercepted a truck loaded with hundreds of dogs destined for restaurant kitchens and rescued them all, Agence France-Presse reports. The truck was forced to stop on a highway in eastern Beijing when a motorist cut it off and alerted other animal lovers on his microblog. Around 200 people showed up and surrounded the truck; a 15-hour standoff (and one hell of a traffic jam) ensued. Eventually, an animal rights group agreed to pay 115,000 yuan ($17,600) for the 430 dogs, after which the truck was allowed to leave.

Shockingly, many of the dogs had collars with bells and name tags; they were probably stolen from their owners. Despite this, the truck company probably won’t face any legal action since it had all the required permits to transport the animals.

It is uncertain whether the stolen dogs will be reunited with their owners. Agence France-Presse reports that the healthy dogs will be made available for adoption, while the sick ones were sent to Beijing veterinary hospitals.

Eating dogs and cats remains popular in China, even while the animals grow in popularity as pets. Many Chinese believe that eating dogs and cats promotes bodily warmth; their meat is particularly sought after during the winter months.

Press reports indicate that Chinese authorities are considering a law that would outlaw human consumption of dogs and cats.

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