Thousands of animals have been found dead after a shipwreck in China this week, CBS News reported.
The incident may be the result of improper communication in the supply chain in the breeding industry on the black market in the country. Local authorities say they are investigating the incident in the country’s Henan province.
“The station was cluttered with express boxes of thousands of animals that had already died, and the whole place smelled of rotting bodies,” Sister Hua, founder of the Utopia animal rescue group, told CBS. “It was like living hell.”
Hua said the animals probably died of suffocation or starvation after being left in their coffers for several days.
“Improper communication in the shipping company and inconsistency in the application of shipping regulations have directly led to the tragedy,”
Local volunteers managed to save several hundred animals from the landfill, but it is estimated that more than 5,000 of the animals were dead.
Chinese law prohibits large-scale shipment of animals in normal packaging, CBS reported.