Animal lovers are outraged after a man in China was videoed on Sunday dragging a dog behind his scooter through the city. A video released by iFeng news showed the dog tied with a leash and being dragged in Shantou City, Guangdong Province.
According to the Daily Mail, the man was oblivious as he rode his scooter through the city to the animal cruelty, despite others pointing to the dog being dragged. It wasn’t until a person approached the man and purchased the dog, was the animal rescued from its torture. Viewers on Weibo, the Chinese microblogging website, expressed their outrage:
“Even if you don’t love animals, you shouldn’t torture and hurt them. Please treat all lives with respect – animals included,” were just a few of the comments left under the disturbing video.
China continues to lack legislation for animal welfare and preventing cruelty. Even though laws have been drafted outlining punishments and fines, no progress has yet to be instituted. Unfortunately animal abuse cases much like this one go unnoticed by the law. Increasing cases of animal cruelty and torture continues to cause controversy – including the Yulin Dog Meat Festival.
It’s time animal abusers are brought to justice. Hong Kong and Taiwan have animal cruelty laws punishable by fines, jail terms and community service. Why not help animals in other parts of the country?
(Photos of man riding scooter dragging dog via YouKu screenshots)
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