MOMENT TRUCK CRAMMED WITH FIVE HUNDRED CATS STOPPED EN ROUTE TO RESTAURANTS IN CHINA


Who ordered the sweet and sour pussies? Moment truck crammed with FIVE HUNDRED cats was stopped en route to restaurants in China

By David Wilkes

PUBLISHED: 21:55 GMT, 1 November 2012 | UPDATED: 01:35 GMT, 3 November 2012

Some were crammed into rusty cages so small they could not stand up.

Others were gasping for air in sacks. All were starving, exhausted and just hours from being killed and served up as a delicacy in restaurants.

These harrowing photographs were taken after 500 cats were found piled on top of each other in a lorry bound for the slaughterhouse.

Disturbing: When the cats were found some had been struggling to breathe through small holes in burlap sacksDisturbing: When the cats were found some had been struggling to breathe through small holes in burlap sacks

 

Caged animals: Many of the 500 cats were crammed together in tiny cages as they made the trip in the back of the truck across ChinaCaged animals: Many of the 500 cats were crammed together in tiny cages as they made the trip in the back of the truck across China

Many would have once been pets, stolen off the streets by ‘cat snatchers’. They are taken for slaughter in what animal welfare campaigners describe as ‘hideous conditions’, often without food or water.

These cats were saved by chance when police pulled the vehicle over for a routine check in the city of Xuzhou, eastern China, after noticing it had out-of-town licence plates.

 

 

They asked the driver what was being transported after hearing muffled whimpers from under the tarpaulin covering the cargo,

‘He said it was a full load of rabbit, but after we instructed him to uncover the load we were shocked to find a full load of living cats,’ said officer Sun Hai.

Intercepted: The felines were rescued thanks to routine vehicle checks, before they were sold as foodIntercepted: The felines were rescued thanks to routine vehicle checks, before they were sold as food

 

Helping hand: Volunteers rushed to give the cats water, before they were transferred to an animal centre for treatmentHelping hand: Volunteers rushed to give the cats water, before they were transferred to an animal centre for treatmentThe lorry driver had not broken any laws, as in China it is not illegal to eat cat meat, nor to sell the animals for slaughter,

But the police contacted animal lovers in the city who negotiated for three hours with the driver, before eventually managing to buy the cats for 3,500 Yuan (£350).

Horrifying: Some of the cats had been stuffed into bags with barely enough room to breatheHorrifying: Some of the cats had been stuffed into bags with barely enough room to breathe

The rescuers gave the cats food, water and medical attention and took them away to safety.

Eating cat meat dates back thousands of years in China, and despite a fledgling animal rights movement it continues to be considered a delicacy in some areas.

One Cantonese dish, called ‘tiger and dragon locked in battle’, is a hot pot of cat and snake meat.

The appetite for the dish has already made cats scarce and costly in the southern region of Guangdong, where restaurants have had to look elsewhere for a steady supply.

This means the animals are often transported long distances from other areas.

Animal welfare groups say many do not survive the journey and are dead before they reach their destination.

Yesterday Alan Knight, chief executive of International Animal Rescue, said: ‘There are horrendous practices in China and their animal welfare system is abysmal.

‘It is a hugely rich country and they really need to take themselves out of the dark ages and into a more humane way of treating and transporting animals.’

Lucky escape: Fortunately the haul of cats are now being cared for at an animal centreLucky escape: Fortunately the haul of cats are now being cared for at an animal centreDavid Neale, animal welfare director for Animals Asia, said: ‘They are transported in hideous conditions, often with no food or water, to their death. It’s appalling, absolutely horrific.

‘These are animals which in much of the world are pets and they are suffering terribly.’

Draft animal protection laws were presented to the Chinese government last year but no legislation has yet been passed.

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3 thoughts on “MOMENT TRUCK CRAMMED WITH FIVE HUNDRED CATS STOPPED EN ROUTE TO RESTAURANTS IN CHINA

  1. I think it’s disgusting. !!! Vile how. Country who has so much money have no respect for These beautiful creatures cats and dogs it’s disgusting that nothing has been done I don’t care how Long the stupid tradition has gone on .. Times change … These are pets not to be dragged thru hell and made to go thru so much pain. !! Change it now surly they have the resources and money to change

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    1. I am with You, Melissa.
      I am writing a lot of e-mails to those, who are responsible for these “aldays massacre”.
      We are challenged not to give up to write, to inform, to make petitions…
      Annamaria

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