This is the disturbing moment a dog was boiled alive by laughing villagers in China, according to Dailymail.
A shocking footage of the incident captured on a mobile phone shows the canine, which appears to be wearing a house collar, struggling in a pot of boiling water. The animal’s feet are bound together, but even so the villagers used a bamboo pole to hold it down as it writhes in agony.
Activist group Fight Dog Meat uploaded the footage, which appears to have come from Chinese social media, on to their website.
It is unclear where or when the footage was taken. Michele Brown, the founder of Fight Dog Meat, wrote: ‘Cooking the dog in this method would take perhaps an hour for the dog to lose consciousness, and longer again for it to actually die.
Eating dog meat is practiced in several countries in eastern Asia, including China, Vietnam, the Philippines and Indonesia – though it is not as common as it once was.
Perhaps the most notorious event is the annual Lychee and Dog Meat Festival, which takes place in Yulin, southern Guangxi province, in mid-June.
While the festival used to see between 10,000 and 15,000 dogs killed to satisfy eager customers, today that figure is thought to be as low as 1,000.
Despite the declining popularity of dog meat in countries such as China, it is thought that millions of animals are killed for human consumption each year.
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