5,000 Pets Were Found Dead Inside Shipping Packages In China

Elias Hubbard
October 1, 2020

Sister Hua, founder of animal rescue group Utopia, and 20 fellow volunteers managed to save 200 rabbits and 50 dogs and cats from the scene.

Global Times reported that the pets were transported from the farms to Henan's capital, Zhengzhou, on 17 September, and were later taken to the logistics facility.

"Animals are transported in boxes with holes", they said, but the rescue volunteer shared that the animals were put in plastic or iron cages, wrapped in paper boxes, which she believes can not guarantee the health or safety of the animals. Authorities are investigating the incident, which has again raised concerns over the lack of regulation of online pet sales in China. They had been left in the boxes without food or water for about a week before they were discovered at the Dongxing Logistics station in Henan's Luohe city.

'The station was cluttered with express boxes with thousands of animals that had already died, and the entire place reeks of rotting bodies, ' she told CBS News.

"It was like a living hell".

We've done rescues before but this was the first time I had experienced something this tragic, said a volunteer with the NGO Utopia Animal Rescue, who gave her name as Dan.

Around 50 animals were saved.

Chinese law bans the shipping of live animals in normal packaging and Hua believes the animals could have been abandoned at the depot for days after a logistics company may have refused to sign off on the shipment. "Of course, both buyers and sellers bear the responsibility too".

They said: "Animals are transported in boxes with holes".

Lawyer Zhang Bo claimed it was easy for firms to bypass the laws, saying: "Nonetheless, as the rules were introduced decades ago, in 1990, without corresponding penalising measures, it's not easy for administrative departments to directly punish the violators".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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