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Viral dashcam video shows small pet dog being abandoned in middle of crowded road in China

  • A heartbreaking video of a small dog being dumped from a car into the middle of a busy road in China has gone viral, prompting a police search for the suspect.
  • Taken by the dash cam of another car, the video shows the driver opening their car door and dropping a small white dog onto the road as vehicles continue to pass.
  • The distressed dog then jumps and scratches at the car door while attempting to jump back in through the window.
  • The dog was rescued uninjured by a security guard at a nearby restaurant.

Dashcam footage caught the heartbreaking moment a small dog was abandoned by its owner in the middle of a busy road in China.

In a video posted to Weibo on Monday, a driver is seen opening their car door and letting a small white dog out onto a road filled with traffic in Guangdong Province of southern China. The owner’s face cannot be seen in the video.

Orangutan caught puffing on cigarette thrown into enclosure by visitor at Saigon Zoo

orangutan smoking cig
  • A male orangutan at Saigon Zoo and Botanical Gardens in Ho Chi Minh City was captured on video puffing a cigarette a visitor threw into its enclosure.
  • The Borneo orangutan watches the crowd as he takes two long drags shortly before snuffing out the cigarette butt on a stone.
  • Saigon Zoo has claimed that the orangutan was not given a cigarette by staff.
  • The video has left some internet users appalled, raising concern over the critically endangered orangutan’s health.

Video captured by a visitor at the Saigon Zoo and Botanical Gardens in Ho Chi Minh City shows a male Borneo orangutan puffing on a cigarette purportedly thrown by a visitor.

In the video, the orangutan is seen taking two long drags of the cigarette as he watches the crowd. He then stubs the butt out on a stone in front of him before tossing it away. 

Controversial 10-day Yulin Dog Meat Festival set to kick off amid cancellation, rescue efforts

  • The annual Lychee and Dog Meat Festival in Yulin, China, is scheduled to start on June 21, marking the beginning of the summer solstice.
  • Critics say the festival was not launched in 2009 as a cultural or historical event, but rather as a commercial gathering to help boost the sales of struggling local dog meat traders.
  • Up to 15,000 dogs and cats are believed to have been slaughtered annually in the festival’s prime years, but local and international pressures have reduced the figure to around 3,000 in recent years.
  • Dogs and cats butchered for the festival are often pets stolen from their families, crammed into tight cages and loaded into trucks for long-distance travel.
  • Ultimately, the animals are hanged, beaten to death with a metal pipe or thrown alive into a drum of boiling water — all in front of one another.
  • Activists are citing China’s ongoing COVID-19 resurgence as justification for Yulin authorities to cancel the festival, warning that it could be a super-spreader event.

Efforts to save as many canines as possible among the hundreds butchered during China’s annual Yulin Dog Meat Festival are reportedly underway as the 10-day “tradition” commences in less than two weeks.

The controversial event, officially known as the Lychee and Dog Meat Festival — in reference to the fruit that is also consumed by participants — was launched in 2009 in Yulin, Guangxi Province, to supposedly mark the beginning of the summer solstice. However, this cultural origin story is disputed by critics’ assertions that the festival was commercially motivated as dog meat traders struggled with sales at the time of its inception.

Thai elephant handler fired, made to kneel before animal he beat in the head with metal hook

  • An elephant handler in Thailand was caught on film beating an elephant named Jumbo Chan Chao on the head with a metal bullhook.
  • The elephant is currently receiving treatments for the deep cuts it received.
  • The handler later claimed that he used the bullhook to prevent the elephant from becoming aggressive since an earlier encounter with an adult elephant had made the animal tense.
  • The trainer has been fired and faces a police complaint filed against him by animal rights group Watchdog Thailand.

Warning: This article contains descriptions and video of animal cruelty.

An elephant handler in Thailand was fired from his job after he was seen repeatedly beating an Asian elephant with a hooked metal bar.

‘We are not gods and other animals are not trash’: PETA founder Ingrid Newkirk urges compassion in ‘Animalkind’ Korean release

Ingrid Newkirk PETA

It took a few but significant moments in a young girl’s life to make her the world’s leading champion of animal rights today.

“The word ‘vegan’ wasn’t known before,” Ingrid Newkirk, 72, told NextShark in an exclusive interview. “Now, young people mostly shun fur because they abhor cruelty to animals, and it isn’t fashionable.”

2 lions escape their shipping containers at Singapore airport

Lions Escape at Singapore Airport
  • A pair of lions from a group of seven wildcats traveling through Singapore escaped their containers at Changi Airport.
  • Both lions were quickly tranquilized and brought to Mandai Wildlife Group to recuperate.
  • Singapore Airlines said in a statement that the lions were always contained behind safety netting, and the lions’ well-being was being seen to with the utmost care.

Two lions escaped from their cargo containers at Singapore’s Changi Airport on December 12, but were quickly and safely recaptured by authorities that same day. 

The lions were part of a group of seven being transported on Singapore Airlines through Changi Airport. The pair apparently broke through their containers, and one of them was spotted lounging atop the container. 

5,000 Cats, Dogs and Other Pets Found DEAD in Boxes at a Shipping Facility in China

Around 5,000 pets were found dead in cardboard boxes at a shipping facility in central China last week, sparking outrage among animal lovers and rights activists.

The pets were kept in plastic or metal cages that had been wrapped in the boxes, which barely had breathing holes in them.

The animals were left without food or water for about a week, causing them to die of suffocation, dehydration and starvation. (WARNING: This article contains graphic images. Viewer discretion is advised.)

Fisherman Sparks Massive Outrage Online for Posting Video Abusing Helpless Sea Turtle

A fisherman of Asian origin is drawing much hate online after a video of him riding on the back of a sea turtle was posted on social media.

We are in a state of emergency surrounding how humans value and treat wildlife. The world’s population of human beings needs a lot of environmental education, which must be part of conservation programmes worldwide. #LetLive #SeaTurtles #Cruelty #Humans #Respect #Education #Wildlife #Oceans #KarmaPleaseAct

Dog Gets Rescued by Worried Neighbor After Being Neglected, Owner Demands Its Return

A Singapore-based animal rescue group, Voices For Animals (VFA), rescued a neglected Maltese after being alerted by a concerned neighbor but its owner demands the pooch be returned to their home.

The call for help was spotted on Facebook by one of the group’s volunteers last week when the concerned neighbor found the dog in a terrible state, a VFA spokesperson told Coconuts Singapore.

Chinese Aquarium Sparks Outrage After Trainer Puts Lipstick on a Beluga Whale

Shengya Ocean World in Dalian, Liaoning Province, China, apologized after a video clip showing one of its trainers putting lipstick on a beluga whale to make it look “prettier” went viral on Chinese social media.

The 10-second clip first made rounds in China’s popular short video sharing platform Douyin with the caption that reads “very pretty,” according to Shanghaiist. A female trainer can be seen laughing as she puts lipstick on the animal’s mouth.