VShine Animal Protection Association has announced that it saved seven dogs from being slaughtered for their meat at a restaurant in Dalian, Liaoning province on Tuesday, as reported by South China Morning Post.
Working alongside the local government in Liaoning, the rescue mission went ahead after Humane Society International received multiple tip-offs from local residents.
All seven dogs, a mix of German shepherds, golden retrievers and a rottweiler, were suffering from either illness or physical injury due to the shocking conditions of their captivity. One of the dogs in question was still wearing a collar when it was saved, which may suggest it had been abandoned or stolen.
Once the dogs have fully recovered, they will be put up for adoption.
The consumption of dog meat is still legal in China and so the owner faces no sanctions for the controversial menu choice. Calls for the practice to be stopped, however, have been growing in momentum in recent years.
The rescue comes at the same time that the controversial Yulin Dog Meat Festival is being held in Guangxi province. Despite receiving massive criticism over the past few years, the festival is currently taking place with thousands of dogs expected to be killed for their meat before the festival finishes on June 30.
Disturbing footage emerged last week of a dog reportedly being burned alive by a blowtorch.
On June 17, encouraging images emerged on the official Twitter account of Humane Society International showing 62 dogs that were saved before being slaughtered for the festival.
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