Dog being eaten alive by maggots rescued from van heading for China meat market

Davina, the 19-month-old poodle puppy, was also found with a bone sticking out of its leg when activists stopped a truck that was heading to Yulin – an area known for its barbaric dog meat festival

Davina was covered in maggots, cuts on her tiny body infected and starting to rot (

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A tiny maggot-covered dog was found in a crate on the way to a Chinese meat market before being rescued at the last minute.

Davina, the 19-month-old poodle puppy, was rescued when activists stopped a truck that was heading to Yulin, famous for its barbaric dog meat festival.

Fifty dogs were rescued that day, but Davina was most shockingly injured, with a bone sticking gruesomely from her leg after being cruelly pounded and crushed against the sides of her cramped cage by butchers during transportation.

She was also covered in maggots, with cuts on her tiny body infected and starting to rot.

Had Davina not been rescued, she and an estimated 5,000 other dogs would have been transported to the festival and slaughtered.

The frightened dogs are often beaten to death before being hung upside down and burned with a blowtorch.
After the meat is “prepared”, the carcasses are minced and served as a series of dishes that activists have reported containing a stew or crispy dish.

Davina the poodle is resting after her surgery after being rescued from the Chinese meat market
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After she was rescued, Davina bravely endured bone restoration treatment and four months later, after extensive rehabilitation, she is on her way to safe recovery in a dog shelter in Beijing.

After her operation, Davina was cared for by teen activist Anna Gan, known in Beijing for her vocal campaign on the dog meat trade and roadshows in shopping malls.

Devoted Anna stayed by Davina’s side during her months of ordeal and is now working hard to find her a loving home, either in China or abroad.

The rescue mission and operation was funded by the UK charity NoToDogMeat, which runs the Beijing animal shelter and a base in Hebei with local volunteers.

Davina the poodle rescued from the Chinese meat market with a bone sticking out of her leg
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An operation on Davina, the poodle rescued from the Chinese meat market with a bone sticking out of its leg
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CEO Julia de Cadenet, who worked around the clock to coordinate the rescue and exploration efforts in Yulin, said, “I am so proud of our NoToDogMeat team for the work we have done this year.

“And all these months that little Davina has been seen recovering show how worthwhile it has all been worth it.

“Our rescuers on the ground were so brave and we managed to save 21 dogs and reveal to the world that dogs are still being killed so cruelly despite changes in local regulations.”

NoToDogMeat is advising the United Nations on this matter and has submitted reports on its findings to local and national authorities in China.

The charity also recently contributed to a UN on the dog and cat meat trade so that the information can be used to shape sustainable development goals.

X-rays show the loosened bone on Davina
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The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), also known as Global Goals, were adopted by the United Nations in 2015 as a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people live in peace and prosperity by 2030 .

The pandemic has hampered progress on the goals in many areas and NGOs granted advisory status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) have been invited to come up with suggestions and recommendations on how to meet the goals despite the impact of the Pandemic.

Julia added, “A small charity like ours isn’t all about saving. We spend hours of our time writing reports to the departments of the Department of Agriculture and Animal Health.

“We have even started to write our own animal welfare charter to protect the millions of illegitimate dogs and cats that are brutally used for food and fur every year.

Davina the poodle healthy and happy again with her new owner and dog George
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“Yulin is just one example of the atrocities we have witnessed in the dog and cat meat trade across Asia.

“There is intensive dog breeding in South Korea, where dogs are fed rotting waste, pumped full of antibiotics and left unprotected in the heat and cold.

“Cats are not doing much better. Kittens are immersed in hot water to cook soup. They are skinned alive in Vietnam, bones crushed into a paste to cure a variety of diseases.

“Sometimes, like in China, it’s stolen pets, sometimes it’s dogs bred in South Korea, or just the pathetic sight of Cambodia trading life for cheap plastic buckets and bowls. The suffering is endless and relentless. “

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