Dogs held at notorious Yulin Dog Meat Festival are BLOWTORCHED before being chopped up in horrific slaughterhouse scenes

SHOCKING footage shows helpless dogs being blowtorched before they are hacked to pieces. 

Animal rights activists have captured horrifying video footage in secret from a backstreet dog slaughterhouse in Yulin, China.

The horrific footage shows rescuers cramming the helpless animals into dirty holding pens, with the dogs appearing terrified at the treatment.

The pooches are picked up by the neck with metal sticks before being forced into the tiny crates – often piled on top of one another – where they will remain before being killed for their meat. 

The dogs are frequently beaten to death before their fur is removed and one video shows a blowtorch being applied to the flesh of one dog.

Other footage shows screaming dogs flee for their lives as a man with a rusty metal grabber approaches – after a short scuffle, two are cornered and carried away by their tails ready to be slaughtered.

These are the devastating scenes inside one kill farm where puppies and older canines are stored in cramped cages before being boiled alive.

British animal rights group NoToDogMeat claim up to 1,000 dogs have been slaughtered for just one day of the 10-day event in Guangxi, China and shared exclusive video and photos with The Sun.

After documenting one day at the festival, activists tracked down one “secret killing place”, around 25 miles away from the festival, where “hundreds of dogs” were stored ready to be killed.

'Secret killing' farm

One heartbreaking clip showed panicking puppies tightly crammed into tiny metal cages, with their limbs and noses hanging out of the prison-like bars.

In another, canines desperately tried to evade capture and gathered together for comfort as a man walked through the pen ready to picked-out several for the slaughter.

One extremely distressed medium-sized black dog was pinned against a chain-link fence after metal folding claws clenched around its neck. 

The unfortunate animal wailed as it was lifted up by its tail and taken out of view, while others cowered in absolute terror. Seconds later a second canine was caught.

What happened next was not captured on film but typically the dogs are either boiled alive or beaten to death with a blunt weapon.

Piles of dead dogs

In a later clip, three piles of dead dogs up to 100 in number lay motionless on the floor – dozens had their fur burned off by a blowtorch in preparation for being sold for meat.

One worker was recorded sifting through one mutt mound before they picked up a canine and chucked it onto a second stack. The dog landed with a bone-breaking snap.

NoToDogMeat is trying to shut down the farm, which breaks Chinese law after the government ruled dogs could not be raised as livestock in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

Julia De Cadenet, from London, who is the CEO of the animal rights group, denounced the horrific findings from their activists working on the ground.

She told The Sun: “In these secret killing places you can still choose your dog and kill it live. 

“It’s not a backroom slaughterhouse like I saw in the past, with pens of dogs huddled fresh from trucks.

“They are basically breeding to kill as well as stealing pets, rounding up strays and more.

'Must be stamped out!'

“This operation has not just been set up for the Yulin Dog Meat Festival, it is very well organised and we saw several hundred dogs on the farm.

“Dogs have been officially placed on a protected register so they can not be raised as livestock. We are going to work to shut the place down. 

“This for us is a massive blow. It means China has become like Korea with dog farms and that has to be stamped out.”

NoToDogMeat activists discovered the farm through local contacts and know the animals are being transported to both Yulin Dog Meat Festival and restaurants.

They claim to be the only charity or NGO that has been able to attend the canine killing event, which at its worst slaughtered up to 15,000 dogs.

Dead dog for £100

Humane Society International (HSI) estimates more than 30 million dogs are killed for meat each year in Asia – between 10 and 20 million of that occurs in China.

However, NoToDogMeat holds out hope for the future as reports regularly show a change in public opinion about dog meat. 

They include a 2016 HSI-backed survey that found 64 percent of the public want the Yulin Dog Meat Festival to be shut down.

A further 51.7 percent wanted the dog meat trade to be banned and 69.5 percent had never eaten dog meat.

Even within Yulin, where the festival takes place, a government report found that 72 percent of the population did not eat dog meat.

This year’s event has drawn few visitors, according to NoToDogMeat and claimed there was “no festival atmosphere” like in previous years.

'1,000 killed for day one'

Market stalls were selling full-sized dead dogs for around £100 to visitors – who take the animal home and typically cook it in either a spicy soup or a stew.

Julia said: “There are probably around 1,000 dogs killed a day – there is no live dog slaughter at the festival but the dog meat is sold cheaply and there is a low turnout in restaurants.

“There are about 30 busy restaurants serving dog meat, some of the others have barely 20 people inside and markets closing at four sell dogs as ‘takeaway’.

“Most customers are men and most are local to the city and the provinces around Yulin.”

In one photograph taken by NoToDogMeat, a pile of dead blow torched dogs were laid on the street with a large puddle of blood beneath them. 

Donkey meat too

Multiple restaurants listed dog meat on the menu and some were found to be selling donkey meat too.

The animal rights group, who found the dog slaughter farm today, plans to report it to China’s Ministry of Agriculture and intends to rescue as many dogs as possible.

They said: “Our plan is to come back and negotiate the release of as many dogs as we can. 

“This is not about buying dogs or bartering for the cameras, we need help because when we do save the poor lives.

“We need to get them out of Yulin back to safety at our shelter 3,000km (1,864miles) away. We are a small organisation and we do not have large trucks at our disposal. 

“We do not know how sick the dogs will be and it is a long way for us to drive back from Yulin to Beijing to ensure the dogs will be safe and give them the care they need.”

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