Police say members of the “toxic dog meat” gang used poison and tranquillisers to incapacitate or kill animals before selling them to restaurants through intermediaries
Chinese police have dismantled a gang that hunted down dogs with poisoned darts before selling their contaminated carcasses to restaurants.
Seventeen men pleaded guilty to trading in “toxic dog meat” at a court in the eastern province of Zhejiang, state media reported on Wednesday.
Seven of those men were allegedly members of an urban hunting team that prowled the streets of cities in east China in search of dog meat that eventually found its way onto restaurant tables.
The group was responsible for slaughtering at least 95 dogs in Ningbo, a major port city, between 2012 and August last year, the court heard.
The hunters confessed to using cyanide and tranquilliser darts they had purchased online to subdue or kill their prey.
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