This is the eye-watering moment a dog burst into tears after being rescued from the Chinese meat trade.
The female golden retriever was seen up for sale at a Chinese market.
Thankfully, some local animals lovers paid the dog meat vendor then and there, salvaging the mutt from a certain death.
The rescue took place on April 1 at Kunming’s Xiaobanqiao Market.
One of the rescuers, known by her surname Xu, told MailOnline her and dozens of helpers raised 14,450 yuan (£1,612) to purchase the golden retriever as well as some 20 other dogs.
They are thought to have been stolen before being places in their hellacious cages.
The group of animal rescuers are volunteers for Kunming’s Sanhe Animal Protection Centre.
They had visited the market to look for a missing pet before coming across the caged pooches.
The online reaction was bittersweet, with one writing:
I often go to China and Korea, and I see more and more people promote the protection of animals as a significant part of their main mission. We should also encourage more animal lovers to raise money to save more animals.
Im so glad these dogs are safe -thats amazing. But thats a lot of money . does it not encourage future dognapping? If you get a thousand dollars for stealing a pet?
A third added:
This is so sad…it’s illegal to my understanding…I don’t understand!thanks to the rescuers for saving these sweet creatures!
It’s estimated that in China alone, 10 million dogs and 4 million cats, are slaughtered for the dog meat trade each year.
According to AnimalsAsia:
Dogs and cats of all shapes and sizes, many of them family pets still wearing their collars, are snatched from the streets and forced into tiny cages. Many suffer broken limbs as they are transported vast distances, without food or water.
When they finally arrive at the dog meat markets, injured, dehydrated and exhausted, they are forced to watch in terror as other dogs are bludgeoned to death or thrown still alive into boiling water to remove their skins.
Animals Asia has exposed the Asian dog meat trade’s false claims that it farms dogs for food on ‘dog meat farms’. Most ‘meat dogs’ are vulnerable strays or pets, stolen from their families.
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Although the dog was believed to have been crying out of gratitude, hospital vet Wang Zaigo said the dog had actually just undergone an optical checkup, which may play a bigger role in the tears.
Volunteer Xu has said 17 of them had found new adoptive owners.
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