Animal rights activists are protesting at Manchester Airport over claims 24 greyhounds are being transported to China to be used in the meat trade or for racing.
The campaigners, from the group Caged North West, believe the dogs will be sent from Manchester to Germany, then to Macau in China to be used for greyhound racing or the meat trade.
They believe the dogs have been taken by ferry from Ireland to Manchester and will be flown abroad on Thursday evening, writes the Manchester Evening News.
According to a spokesman for the group, greyhounds in China are destroyed if they do not perform well.
In the early hours of Thursday morning the activists say they intercepted a Transit van at Lymm services in Cheshire carrying the greyhounds.
Footage has emerged of people apparently placing dogs in cargo boxes a night, although the location is not known.
The protesters have been waiting at the cargo entrance to Manchester Airport since before dawn on Thursday, but no Transit van carrying animals has yet been seen.
It is understood there are no scheduled cargo flights to China from Manchester on Thursday.
The Manchester Evening News shared this footage taken by the activists which appears to show greyhounds being placed in a crate
But Michael James, 35, co-founder of Caged North West said: “We received information 24 greyhounds are coming to Manchester from Ireland, they travelled on a ferry from Holyhead.
"We managed to intercept the vehicle at Lymm services. They are Manchester bound to Manchester Airport, the flight destination is China.”
He added: “It is an emotive and major issue. Everyone we come across now, everyone is against it. Australia has banned greyhounds from travelling to China.
"In greyhound racing in China, if the dog does not place in the first three it will be destroyed. They are also sold into the illegal meat trade.
“If we can keep them in this country until 6.30pm they will be safe. We are not giving up, we are not leaving today.”
As many as 40 protesters were said to be waiting at the airport overnight, but the number of participants has now scaled down to around seven.
A spokesman for Manchester Airport said: “This morning a small group of protesters held a peaceful demonstration on the airport site. This did not impact on operations in any way.”