Fighting for animal liberation and an end to speciesism
At 6pm on January 14th 2014, a University student spotted a truck filled with 2,800 cats in Wuhan, China, on the road to Nanning. He contacted Wuhan Small Animals Protection Association and the police, aswell as posting for help on Weibo. The truck was chased on the highway, eventually being stopped by Traffic Police. Hongshan Animal Quarantine Dept confirmed that the paperwork was fake. The truck was ordered to return to Wuhan for investigation. Just past mid night on January 15th, the truck driver tried many times to escape. Eventually the truck was driven back Jiangxia, Wuhan. The trafficker, Mr Wang, arrived at the scene and had several physical altercations with volunteers. The initial unloading location was decided by the trafficker at a fruit wholesale market. Half way through the unloading process the trafficker set fire to the market to hinder the unloading. Later on Jiangxia Animal Quarantine Dept ordered the truck to be relocated to new premises. Activists found a temporary building materials warehouse where the cats were unloaded again. The cats are now being temporarily held by Jiangxia Animal Quarantine Dept for further Quarantine inspection. Mr Liu from Jiangxia Animal Quarantine Dept said the transportation of these cats is illegal. They confiscated the cats and are now taking down records. They have given a verbal agreement to Wuhan Small Animal Protection Association about follow up work with the cats but have not issue a written statement. Cat owners have been posting on Weibo, photos of their own missing pets. When he heard that the truck had been pulled over, one man went to the scene at 8am and helped the volunteers while looking for his own missing cat. He finally found his cat, missing since December 27th 2013. As well as the news being shared on Chinese social networking sites, Wuhan newspapers gave full coverage to the event! The Wuhan Evening News even made it their headline!! On behalf of 2800 lives, we salute and thank all the reporters and editors for letting more people know the truth about this industry. Photos sourced & translation by NT.
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