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Poisoned syringes that could be fired at dogs on the streets to kill them instantly were sold by a gang in China, allowing pets to be snatched and sold for the dinner table, according to state media. People in the Eastern province of Anhui arrested eight people alleging they sold 200,000 of the syringes across the country, filled with a large dose of the muscle relaxant suxamethonium. The buyers were mainly dog vendors who collect and sell the animals to restaurants for meat Xinhau news agency said, citing police who warned that people who ate the meat were also in danger of being poisoned. The needles were modified by the gang with a spring and a tailfin, so they could be shot from a distance. After buying the needles, unscrupulous dog dealers would target pets and then abduct them. Police were searching for more of the syringes, which contained enough suxamethonium to kill the animals immediately. When police raided the gang's lair in Enshi City, central Hubei Province in October they found found 4kgs of chemical powder, 10 000 needles and 100,000 yuan (£11,200). #dogs #china #newspaper #animals #socialmedia #stoptheviolence #endtheabuse #endthedogmeattrade #speakfordogs #speakforanimals #stopthedogmeattrade #endyulinforever #endyulinfestival