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Seven Dogs Rescued from Illegal Slaughterhouse After 'Outraged' Citizen's Tip Leads to Shutdown


Many Americans have very distinct lines in the sand when it comes to what kinds of animals are acceptable to eat. Most people regularly consume beef, chicken, pork and fish without much hesitation.

Depending on your location, you may have access to more exotic kinds of meat, and there are some people who feel that no animal should be eaten.

Most of us would agree, though, that eating dogs and cats is not acceptable. Those two classes of critter are so firmly entrenched in the “pet only” category that considering using one for food is devastating.

Not all places have the same pet vs. food distinction, and China has been one of the biggest examples of that. Part of the issue is that the dog and cat meat trade is notoriously cruel, adding insult to injury.

Thankfully, many parts of China have been making strides to ban the use of dogs and cats as food, and according to the Humane Society International, one illegal dog meat operation was just recently shut down.

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Thanks to the concern of one reportedly “outraged” citizen from Dalian, China, authorities were able to bring an end to an illegal slaughterhouse.

VShine, an animal protection group, was present during the operation. They managed to rescue seven dogs, mostly larger breeds, including golden retrievers, German shepherds and Rottweilers.

Many times these dogs intended for slaughter are stolen from people. One of the seven dogs was still wearing a collar, which suggested that it had been someone’s pet.

Authorities are guessing that the remaining six dogs were likely bought or stolen, as well.

The Humane Society International’s China policy expert, Dr. Peter Li, said that Dalian is a model city.

“Most people in China don’t eat dogs, but the city of Dalian is particularly progressive on animal welfare, and a shining example of what the whole of China could achieve if animal protection were taken more seriously,” he said.

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“The dog meat trade is not welcome in Dalian, with the local police and animal activists using China’s food safety laws to eliminate this cruelty in the absence of any animal protection legislation.

“If all Chinese police acted the same, we could have a massive impact on the dog and cat meat trade. If China went further and introduced a robust animal cruelty law, we could eradicate the trade very quickly.”

One of VShine’s members, Dezhi Yu, also issued a statement echoing the doctor’s sentiments.

“We are very proud that in Dalian you will rarely find a restaurant serving dog meat, and generally citizens here care very much about their dogs and cats,” he said.

“So when we received a call about this new slaughterhouse, we and the law enforcement officers acted immediately to shut it down. Whenever anyone dares to open such a cruel business here, they are very quickly reported and the police take immediate action.

“If all police across China were as active as Dalian police, we could crack down on the cruel dog and cat meat trade almost overnight.”

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Amanda holds an MA in Rhetoric and TESOL from Cal Poly Pomona. After teaching composition and logic for several years, she's strayed into writing full-time and especially enjoys animal-related topics.
As of January 2019, Amanda has written over 1,000 stories for The Western Journal but doesn't really know how. Graduating from California State Polytechnic University with a MA in Rhetoric/Composition and TESOL, she wrote her thesis about metacognitive development and the skill transfer between reading and writing in freshman students.
She has a slew of interests that keep her busy, including trying out new recipes, enjoying nature, discussing ridiculous topics, reading, drawing, people watching, developing curriculum, and writing bios. Sometimes she has red hair, sometimes she has brown hair, sometimes she's had teal hair.
With a book on productive communication strategies in the works, Amanda is also writing and illustrating some children's books with her husband, Edward.
Austin, Texas
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