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Activists pay to rescue 800 dogs

(China Daily)

09:11, October 17, 2011

Volunteers move a cage of dogs from a truck in Zigong, Sichuan province, on Saturday. Chuan You / for China Daily

BEIJING / CHENGDU - Two animal protection organizations paid about 83,000 yuan ($13,000) to a dog trader in Southwest China's Sichuan province to rescue nearly 800 dogs that were due to be delivered to restaurants in South China's Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region.

The deal was clinched in the city of Zigong on Saturday night after two-days of negotiations.

Qiao Wei, 26, who works for Sichuan Qiming Companion Animal Protection Center (SCAPC), a Chengdu-based animal welfare organization, told China Daily that the money was paid for humanitarian reasons and not used to buy the dogs.

The SCAPC and the Love of Home Animal Rescue Center (LHARC) in Chengdu would not have paid the dog trader Tang Daguo a cent if they had not taken into consideration his economic plight, Qiao said in a telephone interview.

"A deputy Party chief of Gongjing district in Zigong, surnamed Zhu, told us Tang was very poor," said Qiao.

The deal was clinched between the SCAPC and LHARC with the help of Gongjing district, Qiao added.

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Nancy Tao at 2011-10-1858.210.253.*
Happy to see more and more people are caring about the lives. But we need much more attention on those children who are used to beg or sell flowers or perform a variety show because some of them are stolen or cheated from other families but they are too weak and helpless and they need more and more care and helps from us.

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