Men from a Chinese slaughterhouse have been filmed demanding ransom money from animal rescuers to save the lives of at least a dozen dogs scheduled to be brutally murdered. The horrifying video showed Labrador retrievers, Goldens and huskies chained up in a filthy area waiting to be killed in Harbin, Helongjiang province. The dogs were beautiful, friendly and most likely stolen from their families.
“When we first arrived, a Golden retriever was being slaughtered.”
The woman and a group of rescuers offer to buy the dogs in order to spare their lives; the butchers demand approximately $220. for each dog; stated to be the average weekly salary for a Chinese worker. When the rescuers are not able to raise enough money to save all of the dogs, the butchers kill the dogs – without a moment of compassion.
German shepherd, Chow Chow, Kunming Wolfdogs and Shar-peis are the most popular breeds raised for dog meat. Pets such as huskies and Golden retrievers are rarely seen being butchered. Many of the dogs still wear their collars and are the victims of theft as men travel the countryside stealing pets from their homes. It is estimated more than 10,000 pets are stolen each year. China kills between ten and 20 million dogs annually for human consumption.
The heartwrenching video garnered almost three million views in just one day. Users on Weibo have called out the butchers as disgusting for setting an “unreasonable” price to set the dogs free. When will this brutal massacre ever end? When will China make laws against such egregious animal cruelty?
“These pet dogs appear to be stolen dogs. They are not supposed to be cooked. The butcher probably has raised the price up after seeing these potential buyers.,” one person commented.
The video ends as another dog was being butchered.
(Photos of dogs from Chinese slaughterhouse screenshots from Pear Video)
Graphic and disturbing video: (12 dogs were brutally murdered)