Dog traders slaughter and skin rows of stolen pets for their FUR

Chinese dog traders slaughter and skin rows of STOLEN PETS at a popular meat market as more pooches wait aside in rusty cages to be killed

  • Vendors were caught killing dogs for their fur in Fushun, northern China
  • Shocking videos emerged days before the annual Yulin Dog Meat Festival
  • Clips proved illegal dog meat trade occurred across China, said activists
  • Dogs’ furs are usually made into gloves, hats and boots for local residents
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Chinese street vendors have been caught on camera butchering and skinning dogs as customers looked on at a popular meat market in northern China. 

The shocking footage was released by animal rights organisation Humane Society International less than two weeks before the Yulin Dog Meat Festival, which is set to take place in another province in southern China on the summer solstice.

The dogs were believed to be stolen pets or owned rural dogs, said the organisation. 

An animal rights group has released shocking footage of Chinese vendors skinning dogs in broad daylight next to more caged pooches. The market is said to be located in Fushun, China

Humane Society International said the videos are significant as they show the illegal dog meat trade can be found not just in Yulin, but ‘all over the country’.


The dog fur trade is not a major trade in China, and skinning dogs in public is relatively unusual.

The animal’s fur is usually made into clothing and fashion accessories.  

Liaoning is one of China’s top fur animal farming provinces. 

The province’s Tong’erbao town is the largest production and commercial centre of fur clothing in north-east China, according to Southern Weekly. 

According to Humane Society International, dog furs are much cheaper than fox and raccoon dog furs among the local traders.  

The video, along with several other similar ones, was filmed in Liaoning Province in north-east China.   

Humane Society International said north-east China is the second largest dog meat market in China, with Jilin Province being the biggest market in the region.

‘Jilin’s dog meat market is as big as Guangxi,’ said a Humane Society International spokesperson.

In addition, the footage has caught the unusual moments of vendors skinning dogs for their fur before selling its meat to market-goers.

The dogs’ furs would be made into gloves, hats, vest and boots for the local people, according the organisation.

The clips are said to be taken in Fushun on May 30 by Humane Society International’s Chinese volunteers, who had received a tip-off from concerned residents.

According to the volunteers, the street vendors are a part of a rural slaughter market which sees 50 to 60 dogs being killed every day; and on every Wednesday, which is the special market day, as many as 80 dogs are slaughtered in broad daylight.

Chinese volunteers discovered the market after receiving a rip-off from concerned residents

It’s said the rural market in Liaoning Province sees up to 80 dogs being cruelly killed every day

As the vendors skinned dogs and hooked them onto metal shelves, more animals were crammed into rusty cages and waiting to be killed next to the stalls. 

The interested customers, on the other hand, appeared to be unfazed by the situation as they stood to make their purchases. 

The Humane Society International spokesperson said: ‘Killing dogs and selling dog meat is not illegal in China, but the likely crime-linked sources of the dogs does constitute a breach of the law by the slaughter operators since the dogs looked like stolen pets and owned rural dogs.’

The spokesperson said when a dog is butchered for its meat, the vendor would first kill it before throwing the corpse into a de-hairing machine to have its hair removed. 

Then the vendor would cook the hair-less carcass with a blow torch until its skin becomes brown and crispy.  

‘So to see dogs being skinned first and then butchered for meat is genuinely quite unusual’, the spokesperson added. 

Humane Society International said their Chinese activist partners had reported the market to the local law enforcement. 

The organisation is pushing for the slaughter operation to be shut down.

Animal rights groups have urged the Chinese authority to pass relevant animal laws for years

Chinese and international activists are working together to put a stop to illegal dog meat trade

It’s estimated that 10 million dogs are slaughtered for their meat in China every year. 

But in many cases the lack of relevant law in China means illegal dog meat traders are hard to be punished. 

With help from international animal groups, many Chinese animal lovers are trying to bring the public’s attention to the topic and urging the Chinese authority to set up relevant animal protection laws.

Humane Society International commented: ‘More and more we are seeing Chinese activists take to Weibo to expose egregious animal cruelty, and they do that quite strategically to build momentum amongst the booming animal welfare community in the country for legislative change.’

The organisation added: ‘Every time we see a case like this appalling dog slaughter market, clearly supplied by dog theft, the vocal criticism we hear from Chinese people is what will ultimately lead China to develop laws that turn the tide on animal abuse that does such a disservice to China’s reputation.’ 


A vendor waits for buyers beside dogs in cages at a market in Yulin, southern China

Some claimed that the consumption of dog meat has been observed in Guangxi Province, China, for hundreds of years.

However, the activity had not been promoted and encouraged until around 30 years ago – first by the dog meat traders, then by the Yulin government for driving tourism.

The annual Yulin Dog Meat Festival can be traced back to 2009.  

The event has drawn waves of criticism from media and animal lovers, with influential figures leading campaigns around the world in a bid to stop it.

The local government has stopped organising the festival under pressure, as it is understood, but vendors continue selling dog meat and residents carry on eating it on the summer solstice. 

Various measures have been taken by the Yulin government to discourage canine banquets from happening on summer solstice.

According to Dr Peter J. Li, an expert on the topic, the Yulin authority issued an internal order in May, 2013, prohibiting any traders or butchers from slaughtering dogs in the street. 

In May 2014, an internal written notice was distributed in Yulin, which banned government officials from eating dogs around the summer solstice.

Dr. Li said that it would be hard for the government to ban the trade once and for all as it is the livelihood for the vendors who are less educated and largely unskilled former peasants.

Dr Li also said that if the government did terminate the festival by force, it would have to provide means of livelihood for those affected.

What the Yulin government tries to do now is waiting for the industry to die out on its own.   

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