Dog lovers’ res­cue at­tempts spark mixed re­ac­tion

China Daily (USA) - - CHINA - By ZHANG YU in Shi­ji­azhuang zhangyu1@chi­

The ac­tions of dog lovers who used their cars to stop a truck on an ex­press­way that was car­ry­ing 320 dogs has sparked heated pub­lic de­bate.

The dog lovers, who drove three ve­hi­cles, stopped the truck on its way to Jilin prov­ince on Satur­day and then fought with the truck driver, ac­cord­ing to traf­fic po­lice in Lang­fang, He­bei prov­ince.

The in­ci­dent caused traf­fic con­ges­tion on the ex­press­way and left three dog lovers with mi­nor in­juries.

The dogs on the truck were pets that were stolen to be sold il­le­gally, ac­cord­ing to a re­port pub­lished by Bei­jing Times.

A dog owner, sur­named Zhang, who said her dog was on the truck, trav­eled from Tian­jin to claim her dog back, the re­port said.

All dogs on the truck were put into tem­po­rary ken­nels by the po­lice as an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the in­ci­dent is on­go­ing.

While call­ing on peo­ple to pro­tect dogs, some ne­ti­zens con­demned the dog lovers’ be­hav­ior, say­ing it was ex­treme and that they should be pun­ished.

“They were lucky that the in­ci­dent didn’t cause ca­su­al­ties or other traf­fic ac­ci­dents on the ex­press­way,” said Zhang Feng, a media com­men­ta­tor.

Zhang said the dog lovers’ feel­ings de­served re­spect, but that the tac­tics they em­ployed to res­cue the dogs were ir­ra­tional and il­le­gal.

How­ever, Pofenghun­dong, a mi­cro-blog­ger, said their ex­trem­ism was caused by the in­ac­tion of gov­ern­ments and po­lice.

“The dog lovers felt help­less, so they had to take ac­tion them­selves,” the ne­ti­zen said.

Ac­cord­ing to Zhai Yu, who works at a law firm in Shi­ji­azhuang, there are no spe­cific laws to pro­tect pets in China — there are only laws to pro­tect rare an­i­mal species.

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