A truck, packed with dogs who were bound for a slaughterhouse in China, rammed a car holding animal rights activists on a highway in Tianjin, Bazhou. A video was taken of the heartbreaking situation on board the transport truck – the dogs, many who appear to be purebred, are crammed on top of one another inside of the vehicle.
The video shows activists trying to comfort the distressed dogs, who can be heard crying and whimpering behind the bars of the transport vehicle. According to the Daily Mail, many, if not all, of the dogs are believed to be pets who were stolen and sold to meat traders.
The dogs inside of the truck can be seen trying to lick the hands of those who are inspecting the horrific conditions on the vehicle – some try to nuzzle the people who are on the outside of the bars.
Several advocates were injured when they were hit by the transport vehicle – one 26-year-old man is said to be in serious condition. Activist Rita Wong recounted what happened on Facebook:
While ARA were tailing it, a traffic police was trying to stop the truck. Instead of stopping, it tried to speed away. ARA tried to block its way, the truck driver accelerated speed and rammed into ARA’s car.
Wong updated those concerned about the situation as to what happened after the truck stopped:
Xi-an activists have reached the scene. Again the authorities agreed to unload the dogs but the traders are still holding the keys. However, ARA managed to feed some dogs. Now, there are some police at the site.
The dogs from the truck were moved to a compound – their ultimate fate remains unknown. According to sources, 10 million dogs are slaughtered for meat each year in China.