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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

  • kellymarie323
    January 16, 2013 at 5:21 PM
    What in the holy fuck? You're gonna piss troll cat off.
  • Ideal_Lady
    January 16, 2013 at 5:22 PM
    This post made me shiver, I just ate Chinese food and I sure hope that was chicken in my rice lol
  • SuperPickle
    January 16, 2013 at 5:23 PM

    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 .....

  • VannaMae307
    January 16, 2013 at 5:23 PM

    You know some areas also skin dogs and eat the skin and the meat as a delicacy.

  • 504bbymami
    January 16, 2013 at 5:24 PM
    Dogs too

    It's no different than what we do to chickens or pigs here.
  • Two_Hearts
    January 16, 2013 at 5:25 PM

    WOW!

    Yes i will admit , i thought that was just a saying as well ....mind you i also thought ' dont let the bedbugs bite' was a saying as well ..and turns out they were real too.

    Just goes to show ya ..saying's come from true sources! 

    It really is sad to see all of those cats like that ..

  • Bird16_J
    January 16, 2013 at 5:25 PM

    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 .....


  • Trina.mhmm
    January 16, 2013 at 5:25 PM

    This is the sickest thing I have ever seen :( I am actually in shock for once

  • Anonymous 1
    by Anonymous 1
    January 16, 2013 at 5:25 PM
    Yes. They do. And dogs in Japan.
    Sidenote: holy hell the op was long
  • jkampbyll
    January 16, 2013 at 5:26 PM


    Quoting kellymarie323:

    What in the holy fuck? You're gonna piss troll cat off.


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