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ChicagoMimi
Holy S@#T! I didn't think they REALLY ate cats in China
January 16, 2013 at 5:19 PM

I thought it was just some crazy myth

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2262662/Volunteers-save-1-000-cats-dining-table-discovering-cramped-cages-following-road-crash-Changsha-China.html?ICO=most_read_module

1,000 cats saved from Chinese dining table after being discovered in cramped cages when truck crashed

  • Locals save them from Changsha roadside after being stranded for 24hrs
  • Surviving cats were packed off to a pet clinic for treatment following crash

By SEAN O'HARE


These pictures capture the moment animal lovers come to the rescue of more than 1,000 cats found starving, thirsty and cramped in cages on the back of a crashed lorry in China.

The cats were destined for the restaurants of Guangdong until the road accident in Changsha, Hunan province delayed the journey by 24 hours and enabled the 50 locals to rescue them.

They were nursed with food, water and milk before being packed off to Changsha Small Animal Protection Association for treatment.

Changsha, Hunan province

Volunteers save more than 1,000 cats locked in wooden cages without food and water, after a traffic accident on a street of Changsha, Hunan province, yesterday

Cats that survived the Changsha crash

Cats that survived the Changsha crash have been sent to Changsha Small Animal Protection Association

A volunteer feeds a cat

A volunteer feeds a cat after the truck they were being transported in was involved in a traffic accident

 Changsha road crash

The cats were stranded on the road for nearly one day. Locals heard the news and drove to the accident site with food and water

A truck carrying hundreds of cats met with an accident
A truck carrying hundreds of cats met with an accident

The cats came from the countryside and are raised by villagers as a cheap and easy way of making money

Cats in China can spend up to two months squeezed 25 at a time inside cages which measure just 2ft by 3ft. Many die before they reach their final destination.

Such cruelty - inconceivable in the West - is becoming increasingly commonplace in China, where are up to four million cats are year are killed.

They are usually sold to restaurant owners for about £1 per pound, less if they are bought in bulk. They are fed once a day on a mixture of rice and animal feed

 

The cats come from the countryside and are raised by villagers as a cheap and easy way of making extra money. 

They keep them indoors with long pieces of nylon string tied around their necks.

Because eating kittens is considered bad luck, they wait until the cats are more than 12 months old before selling them either directly to the markets or to 'middlemen' who trade on their behalf.

Truck crash in Changsha

Crying out for help, one of the cats desperately tries to catch the attention of one of the rescuers

Paws of cats crammed into cages

Paws of cats crammed into cages can be seen poking out as up to 50 volunteers rescued them from their dinner table fate

cat can be seen patiently looking out of its cage

One cat can be seen patiently looking out of its cage, awaiting the help of rescuers who then sent the cats on to be checked by vets

Changsha truck crash

Some of the cats died in the crash, while others, like this one, survived and were fed and watered

Even after the cats are bought at market - usually taken away in mesh nets and plastic bags - they are often forced to endure several days' more agony stored in restaurant cupboards.

Every evening they are moved to cages outside the restaurant and customers are invited to select the one that takes their fancy. The chef then kills the cat of their choice by cutting its throat.

Animals Asia Foundation believe renewed interest in eating cat is linked to the upturn in the economic fortunes of Guangdong, the most prosperous province in China.

'People have more money in their pockets now, so for many these so-called delicacies have become affordable,' said Robinson. 'Eating cat is probably more popular in the south-east than anywhere else but increasingly we are finding that it is on the menu all over China.'

A truck carrying hundreds of cats met with an accident
Some cats in the truck were already dead

Cats in China can spend up to two months squeezed 25 at a time inside cages which measure just 2ft by 3ft

Changhsha
Truck crash in Changsha

Cats are usually sold to restaurant owners for about £1 per pound, less if they are bought in bulk

Some of the cats died in the Changsha truck crash
A cat being nursed back to health following the Changsha truck crash yesterday

Animals Asia Foundation believe renewed interest in eating cat is linked to the upturn in the economic fortunes of Guangdong, the most prosperous province in China




Replies

  • LoveMyLos
    January 16, 2013 at 5:30 PM
    Ya know, im not necessarily opposed to this, but if thats what you want to eat at least do it humane. Idk. Im an animal lover and its sad, but wouldnt thay spread disease the way theyre packed?
  • mommytoeandb
    January 16, 2013 at 5:30 PM

    People eat all kinds of animals.  Treating them inhumanly is not cool, though.  

    My cat has no idea how lucky she is.  :P

  • Anonymous
    by Anonymous
    January 16, 2013 at 5:31 PM
    ROFL


    Quoting Anonymous:

    I'm sorry but....this is pretty funny. This cat looks like he has an Asian slant to his eyes.




  • LilyofPhilly
    January 16, 2013 at 5:31 PM
    Oh sure, it's so sickening and horrible, because they're cats, but it's OK to treat pigs, cows, and chickens like this?!
  • JOEJULA
    by JOEJULA
    January 16, 2013 at 5:31 PM

    sad and disturbing all at the same time.

  • SuperPickle
    January 16, 2013 at 5:31 PM

    Its Wedding Style Stewed Dog LOL sounds like a tasty feast for a wedding celebration!

    Quoting Bird16_J:

    omg hubby is Filipino (from Hawaii) I'm gonna have to tell him this now and tease him mercilessly about this! lol And before others get their panties in a wad we tease each other and I seriously wouldn't eat dog KNOWINGLY! Dog just sounds ewwwwwwww lol

    Quoting SuperPickle:

    Yep....Dogs too in many countries. I have a Filipino recipe for Stewed Dog that came in a world cookbook I ordered.

    Meat is meat when you dont have anything else....personally I would become a vegetarian first .....



  • .Funfetti.
    January 16, 2013 at 5:32 PM

    Omg! I am not even a cat person and this broke my heart.

  • MrsRi
    by MrsRi
    January 16, 2013 at 5:32 PM

    Different cultures eat different things.  We eat beef like it's nothing, in some countries cows are gods.  We kill rats like they are nothing, in some countries its considered the highest of honours to live and share food/water/milk with rats.  Ditto to other countries who eat them as if it's nothing.  We do just as bad if not worse (considering we inject a lot of our food with all types of shit) to the animals for slaughter here in the States.  So why is it 'shocking' just because we see cats as domesticated creatures?  

  • katinahat
    January 16, 2013 at 5:33 PM


    Quoting LilyofPhilly:

    Oh sure, it's so sickening and horrible, because they're cats, but it's OK to treat pigs, cows, and chickens like this?!

    Uh, no. It's not. Who said that it was? I guess I generally don't know about any restaurants that shove animals into a bag under the counter and don't feed them for days until they're chosen to be eaten. If you do, though, I'd actually appreciate the names so that I can avoid eating there.

  • Litlmama87
    January 16, 2013 at 5:34 PM
    This is nothing new, it happens all the time in the US as well. In fact, many Chinese places prepare cat, rat, and dog for themselves, the same restaurants you dine from.

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