Practically two dozen canines rescued from China’s meat commerce arrived in Southern California Tuesday, their first cease earlier than heading to their without end properties scattered throughout the USA.
Animal lovers, activists and metropolis leaders got here collectively in Inglewood for the grand opening of Rue’s Kennels at Los Angeles Worldwide Airport. The shelter, which organizers say is the primary of its type, is a nonprofit animal care facility constructed to assist rescue canines from world wide.
“So, the animals shall be examined by me and they’re going to obtain one other rabies vaccine, even when they got here in with paperwork,” veterinarian Karen Dochalligan instructed KTLA.
The newest so-called “freedom flight” carried 16 golden retrievers, two corgis, a poodle and a malamute, all of whom had been rescued from the meat commerce in China.
Whereas the apply of consuming canine meat is unthinkable in North America, the apply is considerably frequent in different components of the world, although that doesn’t essentially imply it has widespread assist in these locations, in response to the rescuers.
Yiping Lai, with World of Angels Basis, is on the frontlines of canine rescues abroad.
“Though solely 20% of the inhabitants consumes canine meat however contemplating the inhabitants of China that’s like 300 million individuals have no less than as soon as consumed canine meat,” Lai defined.
Tibetan monks from Lengthy Seashore blessed the animals and Inglewood Mayor James Butts helped have a good time their arrival in his metropolis.
“That is compassion,” Mayor Butts stated. “These animals would’ve suffered a really ugly destiny the place they got here from in China.”
The present mission is a joint effort involving quite a few companies, together with SPCA Worldwide and China Rescue Canines, which has saved greater than 2,000 canines since 2019.
“And at that time, then I believed I do know what occurs in China and if I simply save one or two canines, then I’m making a distinction,” Jill Stewart, founding father of China Rescue Canines and Rue’s Kennel, stated.
The pooches are being adopted by households in California, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon and Washington.
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