The animals were bought as pets via the Internet but were left in storage due to the delay of the ship’s flight.
In China, about 5 thousand boxes of dead animals were found at a logistics company in central Henan Province. This is reported by CBS News.
It is indicated that among the animals were rabbits, guinea pigs, cats, and dogs, which were kept in plastic or metal cages wrapped in cardboard boxes with breathing holes. The animals were kept in boxes without food or water for about a week. They are believed to have suffocated or starved to death.
“The station was full of express boxes with thousands of already dead animals, and everything smelled like rotting bodies … It was like hell,” said the founder of the Utopia Animal Rescue Group Jua.
According to her, the animals died of suffocation, dehydration, and starvation.
It is believed that the animals were bought as pets via the Internet, but were left in the warehouse due to the delay of the ship’s flight. According to Jua, the tragedy was caused by the failure of the logistics company to comply with shipping regulations, but buyers and sellers were also responsible for what happened.
A representative of the shipping company Yunda said that it was not aware of the incident, but that its employees had allowed live animals to be transported in boxes with holes.
About 250 animals, mostly rabbits, survived. Some animals were taken on the spot as pets, the seriously ill were sent to veterinary clinics. Burial of thousands of dead animals was organized by the local authorities.
Chinese law prohibits living animals in packaging. This summer, 38 puppies were killed on a flight from Kyiv to Toronto on the UIA airline’s plane. In total, there were over 600 animals on board, mostly dogs and cats. The rest of the animals survived, but many of them were dehydrated.