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Chinese ski resort is accused of beating its elderly sled dogs

Chinese ski resort ‘beats elderly sled dogs and sells them to restaurants for their meat when business is slow’

  • A major ski resort in northern China has been accused of abusing its sled dogs
  • The animals were hit and had injuries across their noses, a tourist has revealed
  • They would be sold for their meat once there are fewer customers, it is alleged
  • Yabuli, the accused holiday destination, is one of the largest ski resorts in Asia

A popular Chinese ski resort has been accused of abusing its sled dogs by beating and wounding them.

Elderly dogs with serious facial injuries due to the hitting were made to wait for customers at Yabuli Ski Resort in north-eastern China‘s Heilongjiang Province, a source told local media.

The animals would be sold to dog meat restaurants once the seasonal business becomes slow, according to the insider.

Social media footage, said to be filmed at Yabuli Ski Resort in north-eastern China’s Heilongjiang Province, shows a man dragging the sled dogs roughly by pulling metal chains 

A self-proclaimed eye-witness, who refers to herself as Ms Zhu, claimed that all the dogs were 'extremely skinny' and wounded at the winter holiday destination near the city of Harbin

A self-proclaimed eye-witness, who refers to herself as Ms Zhu, claimed that all the dogs were ‘extremely skinny’ and wounded at the winter holiday destination near the city of Harbin

The accusations were revealed today by Tianmu News on Douyin, the Chinese version of TikTok.

A self-proclaimed eye-witness, who refers to herself as Ms Zhu, claimed that all the dogs were ‘extremely skinny’ and sustained wounds at the winter holiday destination.

They were beaten so hard that they had injuries across their noses, the woman said.

Ms Zhu, a visitor to the centre, claimed to have seen the dogs huddling together in the cold when business was slow.

She alleged that the dogs were husky mixes and, therefore, could not withstand such low temperatures.

The dogs were beaten so hard that they had injuries across their noses, the source claimed

The dogs were beaten so hard that they had injuries across their noses, the source claimed

She added that the dogs would be sold to dog meat restaurants once the snow season is over

She added that the dogs would be sold to dog meat restaurants once the snow season is over

‘If business is not good, the dogs would be sold off to dog meat restaurant,’ she added, citing allegations from the locals.

A social media video thought to be filmed at the centre shows at least six dogs being tied together by metal chains and ropes.

A man holding a shovel can be seen roughly dragging two of the dogs by the chains while removing snow around the animals.

The clip shows him saying ‘you can film, so what’ to the person recording the scene, seemingly in defence of the accusations against his actions.

MailOnline is unable to verify the authenticity of the footage independently.

The footage is reportedly recorded at Yabuli Ski Resort, one of the largest ski resorts in Asia

The footage is reportedly recorded at Yabuli Ski Resort, one of the largest ski resorts in Asia

The Yichun Small Animal Rescue Centre of Heilongjiang called for the public’s attention on the claims while sharing the clip on Twitter-like Weibo on Monday.

‘[This is at] Yabuli Ski Resort. Hope the public can save them. [We] urge the public not to ride dog sleds and avoid similar entertainment events like this,’ the post said.

The ski resort has not responded to the accusations.

With 110 kilometres of snow tracks and the capacity to hold 33,900 skiers simultaneously, Yabuli is one of Asia’s largest ski resorts, according to state-run news outlet China News

It is located 200 kilometres (124 miles) south-east of the provincial capital Harbin and has hosted several major sports games, including the 1996 Winter Asian Games and the 2009 Winter Universiade. 

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