A truck with 1,500 dogs driving to be cooked by a chain of restaurants in China was stopped by animal activists.
The truck was stopped at a toll gate by highway police and animal rescue volunteers in Chongqing, south-west China according to Daily Mail.
The truck was stacked high with cages – each containing several dogs in bad condition.
The dogs were crammed into small cages, unable to stand and deprived of food and water in their trip to the restaurants.
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The animals were moved to a nearby farm by volunteers from the Chongqing Animal Protection Association who gave them food, water and emergency treatment.
Some of the dogs were already dead, and rescue workers were unable to save other ones who were dying.
Volunteer Xiao Lu said to Daily Mail: “When they [the dogs] saw us they were groaning, but some were so exhausted and dying that they didn’t even have the strength to make a sound.
“The dog peddler said his truck was only loaded with 700 dogs, but there are at least 1,500.”
Dog continues to be a popular meal in Asia, with many people in China enjoying the meat, particularly during the winter.
The incident comes just months after police in Thailand rescued more than 1,000 dogs that were being transported to Vietnam.
The dogs were being taken across the Mekong river in Laos as prices for stray dogs and pets in rural Thai villages can reach as much as $33 an animal.
Eleven countries currently eat dog meat. They are: China, Indonesia, Korea, Mexico, Philippines, Polynesia, Taiwan, Vietnam, the Arctic and Antarctic and two cantons in Switzerland.
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