An image of a rescuer shaking the hand (or paw) of the dog he rescued is hopefully powerful enough to give the Yulin Dog Meat Festival in China a different meaning or better yet, put a stop to dog meat trade in this country in general.
The China Animal Protection Power (CAPP) and Humane Society International joined forces to intercept trucks carrying hundreds of dogs to be slaughtered for this year's Yulin Dog Meat Festival in China. Over 1,400 dogs were rescued and put up for adoption in shelters. Other dogs quickly found a home and are now living freely with their new families.
The effort to keep these dogs away from the tragic dog meat trade is finally paying off as the foundations who fight against animal cruelty begin to focus on traditions such as the Yulin Festival.
This year, a heart-wrenching rescue moment touched the hearts of many when a rescuer shook hands with a dog trapped inside the truck en route to the festival. This gave hope to animal, especially dog lovers that one day, the dog meat trade will be a thing of the past.
The rescuer in the photo was one of the volunteers for an animal rescue group that collaborated with CAPP. "The dog in the image was rescued, and all the surviving dogs from that operation are now in shelters or with adoptive families in China," reports Raul Arce-Contreras of Humane Society International.
The image that serves as a symbol of hope earned positive feedback on Facbook. One said: ""Animals need our HELP! This dog knows this guy is here to help him he knew he was being rescued. Gave him his paw to say thank you."
Although the efforts saved thousands of dogs from being slaughtered, thousand more's lives are still in danger. The fight against animal cruelty must continue especially in China where dog meat trade is run-of-the-mill. In order to eradicate this ugly side of the Chinese culture, the operation should be reinforced on a regular basis.
You may also sign the petition to end the Yulin Dog Meat Festival for good. Follow the link here and fill-out the petition form.