As if dogs in China aren’t tortured enough with horrific acts of animal cruelty, an even more egregious video has circulated through social media showing a group of men killing a dog by throwing it in a barrel of boiling water, reports the Mirror.
The disturbing video takes place in Shijiazhuang, the capital of Hebei Province in northern China, and shows three men grabbing a greyhound and dragging her into the barrel of boiling water. The men secure a lid over the pot to keep the screaming dog from escaping and are heard laughing as the defenseless animal suffers the most unimaginable, excruciating pain. Once the dog is thought to be dead, the men use a stick to pull the dog out poking it on the side to make sure.
According to the organization, Fight Dog Meat, many of the dogs are stolen – some still wearing their collars and then sold on the black markets. Over 10 million dogs are slaughtered each year in China’s dog meat market. Animal activist, Michele Brown stated animals are tortured because of an ancient belief that tougher meat has more health benefits, including sexual prowess for men:
“This animal died the worst death imaginable. You can see raw fear in the dog’s eyes as its carried towards the boiling water. As they drop the dog into the water it screams for help, skin burning and blistering. It flails around so much, two strong men have to hold on to the lid. The young boy is an innocent child and he appears to be repulsed by what he saw. He was scared but unfortunately this probably won’t be the last time he will see a dog being boiled alive.”
The videos continue to be highlighted by animal advocacy groups to pressure the Chinese government into introducing animal cruelty laws.
For anyone wanting to view the disturbing and graphic video, it can be seen on the Fight Dog Meat Facebook page.