‘Stolen’ Dog at Market Asks for Rescue By Extending Paw to Passerby in China

‘Stolen’ Dog at Market Asks for Rescue By Extending Paw to Passerby in China
Ryan General
By Ryan General
November 4, 2020
A scruffy-looking dog chained in front of a meat market in China was able to escape certain death after seeking help from an animal lover. 
Silent plea for help: Bound to be killed for its meat, an American Eskimo Dog at the market in Jilin Province apparently made a desperate attempt to save itself by extending its paw to a passerby on Oct. 26 last year, MailOnline reports. The video recently went viral.
  • The passerby-turned-dog-owner immediately decided to adopt the dog that was very likely to have been stolen from its previous owners, bringing it home on the same day. 
  • In the clip, the dog is visibly hesitant as it offers out its foreleg to humans passing by.
  • “See how scared it was while waiting to be butchered at the dog meat store, and how hopeful it looked,” the owner wrote on video-sharing platform Douyin.
  • The rescuer went on to call upon the government to protect animals through better legislation: “If you don’t love please don’t hurt the appeal: prohibit cruelty to animals, enact legislation as soon as possible!” they wrote in the caption.
Yuan yuan finds a home: The dog, which has since been named Yuan Yuan, has stayed with its rescuer for over a year now. 
  • The owner now uploads videos showing Yuan Yuan being playful.
  • Yuan Yuan is always happy and likes smiling at people, the owner described.
  • There have been petitions in the past to stop the slaughtering of dogs for food.
  • Consuming dog meat is believed to be a source of good health, mainly eaten in south, central and northeast China, reports Yahoo News from Human Society International.
  • Only 20% of the population eats dog meat, with most meat sources from stolen pets and strays, but is on the decline due to COVID-19 and as more people prefer to keep the dogs as pets.
Feature Image via Duoyin
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