The World Parrot Refuge, Coombs, BC now need help to be able to take good care for these wonderful birds!

A Congo African Grey Parrot in World Parrot Re...
A Congo African Grey Parrot in World Parrot Refuge, Coombs, British Columbia, Canada. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)



Hi, This is a message from Wendy from the World Parrot Refuge, in Coombs , BC

¬† Please pass on to others ‚Äď would be much appreciated

Thanks so much


A Home For Life

This doesn‚Äôt sound like much if you say it fast, but it really means a lot to a living being that is on the pet go around.¬† When you live for up to 75 years that can be a lot of homes and a lot of times hearing ‚ÄúGood-Bye‚ÄĚ.

¬†Parrots are like people, they are family oriented.¬† In their natural environment they would spend every day of their lives with their extended families. When they are made to be pets they accept people as their family ‚Äď and when lives change they get sold or given away to another family.¬† That is hard for people, can you imagine how difficult it is for a parrot who does not even speak your language.

For 20 years we have been providing a Home For Life for all the parrots that are surrendered to us.¬† These beautiful birds meet other birds and form a natural flock.¬† They get to fly whenever they want to, and they are never ever alone.¬† We want to do this for another 20 years and another 20 after that, however this does cost a lot of money.¬† We always explain to people that it costs an average of $500 per year to care for a parrot here ‚Äď regardless of the size or species of parrot.¬† So far this year we have received 103 parrots.¬†¬† 73 of these birds were welcomed even though they came in with no funding whatsoever.¬† 11 of them came in with a token donation that would be lost in the cost of a lunch for 4 people.¬† This means that 80% of the incoming birds this year alone, were left to us to find the means to support them. During the 20 years we have been caring for these parrots we have seen the donations shrink dramatically, directly related to the global financial situation.¬† In fact many birds have come in because people cannot afford to keep them any longer. They come in from all over Canada .

We have the most caring staff who work here for minimum wage and the love of the birds they are able to help.  But they do have to be paid.  We also have to pay for food for the birds and of course Hydro.  We can no longer do this alone.  We do need your help.  If only we could get one dollar from every British Columbian each year, we could continue to provide the best life ever for these parrots. What is a dollar, it doesn’t do much on its own, it doesn’t even buy a coffee.  But collectively from you, your family and friends it can make a world of difference for those who are unable to make money themselves.

The World Parrot Refuge is the only sanctuary of its kind in the world.¬† And it is here in BC. And it received the prestigious International Award for Compassion.¬† The only thing missing ‚Äď is your help.

Please check out and see how much has been achieved by a few people who really care and who truly have Made a Difference.



Los caballos rescatados de Reus, presentaban mal estado por su nulos cuidados y abandono. Los cuatro est√°n desnutridos y deshidratados, pero Libera, una de las yeguas, est√° m√°s delicada, ella necesita tratamiento para una √ļlcera en el ojo derecho y para erradicar tumores en la cola.
Con tu colaboración podremos cambiar su historia y devolverle aquello que nunca debieron arrebatarle: su vida y libertad.
Donaciones para ayudar a costear los tratamientos veterinarios: 1491-0001-21-2005768524 Concepto: Rescate de caballos
¬°Muchas gracias!

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Maria Daines Sent a Wonderful Video: No Dog Should be Condemned or Killed because of its Breed or Shape!

143849682_80_80Dear all,


A quick message to say hello & sorry I haven’t been in touch recently with a news update. We hope you’re all well & looking forward to the summer which seems to have arrived at long last!


On the band scene we supported Hawkwind at the HawkEaster weekender recently and had a brilliant time. This amazing band has given us a spotlight enabling us to highlight the causes we believe in.


I’m not able to keep in contact as often as I used to because volunteering for DDA Watch takes up a lot of my time, helping dogs and families affected by breed specific legislation but we’re still writing & recording and will be playing live from time to time.


If you believe as I do, that no dog should be condemned or killed because of its breed or shape, please share this video, linked below, which shows the true heartbreak of BSL in the UK and help to give innocent canines a voice so that one day we may repeal this incredibly stupid, cruel and unfair law which has been enforced since 1991 and has caused the deaths of countless innocent family pets for over 20 years.



Thank you & wishing you all the best & keep on rockin!!



Maria & Paul xx

English: wiktionary:thank you diagrammatically...
English: wiktionary:thank you diagrammatically shown in British Sign Language (BSL). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Inside China’s Bamboo Rat Farms


Mong La, Shan State, Myanmar Illicit Endangere...
Mong La, Shan State, Myanmar Illicit Endangered Wildlife Restaurants Bamboo Rat (Photo credit: Soggydan)
Inside China‘s Bamboo Rat farms
By Matt Blake
PUBLISHED: 11:03 EST, 19 December 2012 | UPDATED: 14:31 EST, 19 December 2012
When Shi Beidan spotted a rat the size of a small dog scuttling across her kitchen floor, the last thing she wanted to do was call in the exterminators.
Instead she caught the rodent, gave it a lunch of bamboo and put it in a box to breed more.
She now has more than 2,000 giant bamboo rats at her home in Congjiang, in southwest China’s Guizhou Province, all of which she is fattening up to sell at market.


Fat rat: Shi  Beidan holds up one of her specimens to the camera. She has spent months fattening it up by feeding it bamboo
Fat rat: Shi Beidan holds up one of her specimens to the camera. She has spent months fattening it up by feeding it bamboo
They are a popular delicacy in some parts of china and are eaten in a variety of dishes, but the biggest ones can also be skinned and turned into fur coats.
It is a scheme that is sweeping across the region, with cash-strapped farmers turning to breeding the rats as a new source of income. And it is becoming big business.
Tasty dish: They are a popular delicacy in some parts of china and are eaten in a variety of dishes, but the biggest ones can also be skinned and turned into fur coats
Rodent family: She now has more than 2,000 giant bamboo rats at her home in Congjiang, in southwest China's Guizhou Province, all of which she is fattening up to sell at market
Just a baby... for now: Bamboo rats are a species of rodent that are found in the eastern half of Asia and can grow up to 50 centimetres in length and four kilograms in weight
Just a baby… for now:
Big business: It is a scheme that is sweeping across the region, with cash-strapped farmers turning to breeding the rats as a new source of income
Big business: Cash-strapped farmers are breeding the rats as a new source of income. A pair of well-kept breed bamboo rats can sell for between 600 and 900 Chinese yuan (£60 and £90)
Congjiang county already has 18 bamboo rat farms, and it is planning to expand that number to 20 in 2013.
Bamboo rats are a species of rodent that are found in the eastern half of Asia and can grow up to 50 centimetres in length and four kilograms in weight.
A pair of well-kept breed bamboo rats can sell for between 600 and 900 Chinese yuan (£60 and £90).
They reproduce rapidly with three to four litters of two to five offspring a year.
Rat meat costs over four times more than chicken or pork and twice that of beef in China. Eating rat is even said to prevent baldness and is considered a winter dish.

Super Mice Performs Amazing Tricks!

Watch These Mighty Mice Perform Amazing Tricks, Be Extremely Agile and Adorable

Watch These Mighty Mice Perform Amazing Tricks, Be Extremely Agile and Adorable

Laura Beck


Watch These Mighty Mice Perform Amazing Tricks, Be Extremely Agile and AdorableI love mice, they’re so cute and smart, and they’re much maligned and feared by humans even though we’re the ones who terrorize them. Anyway, let’s take a minute to appreciate how great these little ones are, and how we are all just crazy animals trying to survive on planet earth. I don’t know what I’m saying but I just watched American Tail and I’m feeling pretty vulnerable. Fievel Mousekewitz, this one’s for you! (You too, Gussie Mausheimer! You plan that rawwy, you adorable miniature fur ball!)




Video: Meg elt a kutya, amikor kontenerbe dobtak egy sint√©rtelepen: Mak√≥ban! VIDEO

Tötungsstation Sopron/Ungarn
Tötungsstation Sopron/Ungarn (Photo credit: Notfellchen)
Older Hungarians from Makó
Older Hungarians from Makó (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Videó: Még élt a kutya, amikor konténerbe dobták egy sintértelepen

2013. janu√°r 08., kedd, 13:17

¬†VIDEO: Nyomoz√°s √©s belsŇĎ vizsg√°lat a mak√≥i √°llatk√≠nz√°s √ľgy√©ben (12): via @youtube

Megd√∂bbentŇĎ felv√©teleket tett k√∂zz√© a Facebookon egy mak√≥i √°llatv√©dŇĎ. A felv√©telek miatt belsŇĎ vizsg√°latot rendeltek el a mak√≥i gyepmesteri telepen, √©s nyomoz a rendŇĎrs√©g is.

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Egy mak√≥i √°llatv√©dŇĎ a Facebookon tette k√∂zz√©¬†azt a vide√≥t, amelyet egy mak√≥i gyepmesteri telepen k√©sz√≠tett. A telepen egy kont√©nerben fejbe lŇĎtt elpusztult kuty√°k k√∂z√∂tt egy m√©g √©lŇĎ kuty√°t tal√°lt. Az √°llat orr√°b√≥l dŇĎlt a v√©r, hal√°l√°n volt, de m√©g l√©legzett – adta h√≠r√ľl a D√©lvil√°g nyom√°n a D√©

A mak√≥i k√≥rh√°zban boncmesterk√©nt dolgoz√≥ √°llatv√©dŇĎ naponta kij√°r a sint√©rtelepre, kuty√°kat etet √©s felv√©teleket k√©sz√≠t. √Āll√≠tja: a minap lefot√≥zott, kont√©nerbe dobott kuty√°kat lelŇĎtt√©k. T√∂bbet k√∂z√ľl√ľk kor√°bban etetett, teh√°t kiz√°rt, hogy a tetemeket idegenek hordt√°k volna a gyepmesteri telep kont√©nereibe. Mint elmondta, a k√≥bor kuty√°k lel√∂v√©s√©t t√∂rv√©ny tiltja: kiz√°r√≥lag 2 injekci√≥val lehet ŇĎket elpuszt√≠tani, elŇĎsz√∂r altat√≥, majd m√©reganyag befecskendez√©s√©vel. Az √°llatv√©dŇĎ szerint Magyarorsz√°gon gyakori, hogy a dr√°ga szereket megsp√≥rolva egyszerŇĪen lel√∂vik a kuty√°kat a gyepmesterek.

Dar√≥czi Andr√°s gyepmester azt mondta, a szab√°lyszerŇĪen altatt√°k el az √°llatokat, az is okozhat orrv√©rz√©st. Az altat√°sokat √°llatorvos v√©gzi, √©s dokument√°lj√°k. A sok kutyatetemet azzal magyar√°zta, hogy a kont√©nerek mindenki sz√°m√°ra nyitottak, √≠gy a v√°rosb√≥l is ide hordj√°k az elg√°zolt vagy m√°sk√©pp elpusztult ebeket.

A telepet √ľzemeltetŇĎ Kommun√°lis Nonprofit Kft. felf√ľggesztette a gyepmestert, am√≠g a telepen elrendelt belsŇĎ vizsg√°lat lezajlik. A telepet alig egy √©ve √ļj√≠tott√°k fel.

A rendŇĎrs√©g √°llatk√≠nz√°s miatt nyomoz az √ľgyben ismeretlen tettes ellen

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Gesendet: 17:19 Mittwoch, 16.Januar 2013
Betreff: Hundetötung Makó !!!

Tisztelt Hölgyeim és Uraim,

a magyar √©s m√°s eur√≥pai uni√≥s valamint sv√°jci emeberek nev√©ben k√©rj√ľk az illet√©kes int√©zm√©nyeket, hivatalokat √©s a magyarorsz√°gi √°llatmenhelyek vezetŇĎit arra, hogy az √°llatmenhelyekkel, gyepmesteri telepekkel, k√ľl√∂n√∂sen a Mak√≥i Gyepmesteri Teleppel kapcsolatos k√©ts√©geinknek, agg√°lyainknak √©s aggodalmainknak helyt adjanak √©s az ehhez kapcsolod√≥ int√©zked√©seket a lehetŇĎ leggyorsabban meghozz√°k.

Eur√≥pa d√∂bbenten figyeli azt, ahogyan ezeken a menhelyeken √©s gyepmesteri telepeken az √°llatokat az organiz√°lt √°llatk√≠nz√°snak kiteszik. Mindez t√∂rt√©nik annak ellen√©re, hogy Magyarosz√°gon az sint√©rtelepek betilt√°sra ker√ľltek.

Mak√≥ csak az egyike ezeknek az sint√©rtelepeknek. √Āll√≠t√≥lag tov√°bbi sint√©rtelepek √©p√≠t√©s√©t is tervezik Magyarosz√°gon, √©s ez olyasmi, amit felt√©tlen√ľl meg kell akad√°lyozni. Sz√°munkra megfoghatatlanok azok az inform√°ci√≥k amelyek arra vonatkoznak, hogy milyen brutalit√°ssal k√≠nozz√°k, gy√∂trik, gyilkolj√°k, verik, l√∂vik, rugdoss√°k agyon illetve dobj√°k f√©lholtan a szemet√©tre az √°llatokat Mak√≥n. Az √°llatoknak nem jut oszt√°lyr√©sz√ľl a “hum√°nus” meg√∂let√©s, felt√©ve, hogy van ilyen. Helyette, egy szadista menhelyvezetŇĎ a legbrut√°lisabb erŇĎszakot alkalmazza, akkor, amikor a magyar √Āllatv√©delmi T√∂rv√©ny az √°llatok elfogadhat√≥ ok vagy k√∂r√ľlm√©ny n√©lk√ľli √©let√©nek kiolt√°s√°t tiltja.

A képek magukért beszélnek.

Egy orsz√°gban, amelyik Eur√≥pa r√©sz√©nek tekinti mag√°t, az ilyen helyzet tarthatatlan √©s azonnali v√°ltoz√°sra van sz√ľks√©g. Magyarosz√°g m√°s telep√ľl√©sein tal√°lhat√≥ menhelyeken is teljesen elfogadhatatlan k√∂r√ľlm√©nyek uralkodnak.

2010 janu√°rj√°ban, az √°llatok v√©delme √©rdek√©ben, √ļj v√°ltoz√°sok ker√ľltek bele a magyar √Āllatv√©delmi T√∂rv√©nybe. M√°s elŇĎ√≠r√°sok, amelyek a v√©delmet hivatottak szolg√°lni, m√°r r√©g√≥ta r√©szei a t√∂rv√©nynek.

Mi√©rt nem ker√ľl a t√∂rv√©ny alkalmaz√°sra illetve annak v√©grehajt√°sa mi√©rt nem ker√ľl ellŇĎrz√©sre? Mind az sint√©rtelepek, mind az √°llatmenhelyek bŇĪncselkm√©nyt k√∂vetnek el ezzel a magatart√°ssal.

Az sint√©rtelepek nem ker√ľlnek t√∂rv√©nyi szab√°lyoz√°sra, mivel, ezek a t√∂rv√©ny szerint nem l√©teznek. A val√≥s√°g viszont m√°s √©s a val√≥s√°got letagadni nem lehet.

A k√∂vetkezŇĎ k√©rd√©sink megv√°laszol√°s√°t k√©rj√ľk:

Hány sintértelep létezik valójában?

H√°ny “k√≥borkutya” van m√©g Magyarorsz√°gon?

Miért nem tisztelik az állatmenhelyeken a törvényt?

Mi√©rt k√≠nozz√°k √©s gy√∂trik hal√°lra az √°llatokat a felelŇĎs√∂k szeme l√°tt√°ra?

A h√°zi√°llatok ivartalan√≠t√°sa, megfelelŇĎ √°llatorvosi ell√°t√°sa valamint chipk√∂telezetts√©ge megakad√°lyozza az eml√≠tett k√∂r√ľlm√©nyeket mint azt komoly tanulm√°nyok, pl. WHO, is bizony√≠tj√°k.

Miért nem tud Magyarország nyugati szomszédaihoz alkalmazkodni ahol nincenek kóbor állatok?

Az magyar √°llatok nev√©ben is k√©rj√ľk a k√∂vetkezŇĎket:

A sint√©rtelepek bez√°r√°s√°t, illetve azok √°talak√≠t√°s√°t megfelelŇĎen vezetett √°llatmenhelyekk√©, olyanokk√°, amelyek az √Āllatv√©delmi T√∂rv√©nynek megfelelŇĎen az √°llatok v√©delm√©nek megfelelnek.

Az olyan √°llatmenhelyvezetŇĎk √©s m√°s szem√©lyek szigor√ļ megb√ľntet√©se, akik sint√©rtelepet vezetnek √©s ez√°ltal az √°llatok szenved√©s√©rt felel√∂sek illetve ahhoz hozz√°j√°rulnak.

Az √°llatmenhelyek megnyit√°sa a nyilv√°noss√°g sz√°m√°ra.

K√∂sz√∂nj√ľk a meg√©rt√©s√ľket √©s f√°radoz√°saikat!

 Name, Adresse 

Sehr geehrte Damen und Herren,


Im Namen von Menschen aus Ungarn und vielen anderen europ√§ischen L√§ndern und der Schweiz, bitten wir die zust√§ndigen Institutionen, Beh√∂rden und Tierheimleiter in Ungarn dringendst, die Verzweiflung, die Sorge und die Angst √ľber die Zust√§nde in den Tierheimen, T√∂tungsstationen, insbesondere der T√∂tungsstation in Mako umgehend zur Kenntnis zu nehmen und zu handeln.

Europa ist schockiert √ľber die Art und Weise wie die Tiere in diesen Asylen und T√∂tungsstationen der organisierten Tierqu√§lerei ausgeliefert sind. Zudem sind in Ungarn T√∂tungsstationen verboten.

Mako ist nur eine dieser T√∂tungsstationen. Und in Ungarn sollen angeblich noch mehr davon gebaut werden. Das darf auf keinen Fall geschehen. Wir sind fassungslos √ľber diese Informationen, dass Tiere in Mako brutal gefoltert, gequ√§lt und get√∂tet werden. Erschlagen, erschossen, getreten, noch lebend in M√ľlls√§cken entsorgt. Die Tiere werden nicht ann√§hernd einer “humanen” T√∂tung (wenn’s so was √ľberhaupt gibt) zugef√ľhrt, sondern ein sadistischer Tierheimleiter √ľbt brutalste Gewalt aus. Grunds√§tzlich verbietet das ungarische Tierschutzgesetz die unsinnige T√∂tung von Tieren. Die Fotos sprechen f√ľr sich. F√ľr ein Land, das sich Europa zugeh√∂rig f√ľhlt, ist das ein absolut unhaltbarer Zustand und das muss sofort ge√§ndert werden.

Wir haben zudem die Partnerstadt von Mako, Löbau in Deutschland verständigt.

An vielen anderen Orten Ungarns herrschen in Tierheimen v√∂llig unzumutbare Zust√§nde. Im Januar 2010 wurden neue √Ąnderungen zum Schutze der Tiere in Ungarns Tierschutzgesetz integriert. Andere Gesetzesartikel, welche den Schutz garantieren, sind schon l√§ngst enthalten. Warum werden diese Gesetze nicht umgesetzt, vollzogen und vor allem nicht kontrolliert? Grunds√§tzlich machen sich T√∂tungsstationen als auch Asyle mit dieser Vorgehensweise strafbar.

Hier ein paar Ausz√ľge:

Bei Strafe verboten ist (§4, §5, §6, §11):

– einem Tier grundlos Leid zuzuf√ľgen, insbesondere es zu qu√§len
– ein Tier auf Menschen oder andere Tiere zu hetzen
– ein Tier f√ľr den Tierkampf abzurichten
– medizinisch nicht notwendige Zwangsf√ľtterungen an einem Tier durchzuf√ľhren
– ein Tier auf eine Art und Weise zu bewegen oder aufzustellen, die f√ľr das Tier unangenehm ist
– es zu Leistungen zu zwingen, die es nicht erbringen kann
– es an unnat√ľrliche oder selbst zerst√∂rerische Verhaltensweisen zu gew√∂hnen
– Tiere auszusetzen, zu verlassen oder zu vertreiben
– Eingriffe an einem Tier durch nicht fachkundige oder unerfahrene Personen durchzuf√ľhren
РDas Töten eines Tieres ohne triftigen Grund
– Tiertransporte m√ľssen so verlaufen, dass dem Tier keine Schmerzen, Leiden oder Verletzungen zugef√ľgt werden. Das Entladen der Tiere am Zielort hat sorgf√§ltig zu erfolgen (¬ß11).

Die Er√∂ffnung von Tierpensionen und Tierheimen wird durch die Tierschutzbeh√∂rde geregelt. Eine entsprechende Genehmigung kann erteilt werden, wenn die Bestimmungen zu den Tierhaltungsbedingungen dauerhaft erf√ľllt werden, eine ordentliche tier√§rztliche Betreuung gesichert ist, der Betrieb von Tierpension oder Tierheim nicht die allgemeine Ruhe st√∂rt, der Leiter von Tierpension oder Tierheim die entsprechenden notwendigen fachlichen F√§higkeiten besitzt und die entsprechenden finanziellen Mittel zur Unterhaltung von Tierpension oder Tierheim vorhanden sind (¬ß41).

Bei Verletzung der Tierschutzbestimmungen d√ľrfen im Interesse des Tierschutzes juristische Personen und staatliche Stellen bzw. Organe der Selbstverwaltung um Mitwirkung gebeten werden.

Tötungsstationen sind im Gesetz gar nicht geregelt, weil es sie ja laut Gesetz gar nicht gibt. Die Realität ist aber eine andere.

Wir bitten Sie zudem um Stellungnahmen zu unseren weiteren Fragen:

Wie viele Tötungsstationen gibt es wirklich?
Wie viele “Stra√üenhunde” soll es in Ungarn √ľberhaupt noch geben?
Warum werden in Ungarn in den Tierheimen die Gesetze nicht respektiert?
Warum werden die Tiere unter den Augen der Verantwortlichen gefoltert, misshandelt und zu Tode gequält?

Kastrationsprogramme als auch die medizinische Versorgung sowie eine Chippflicht von Haustieren w√ľrden diese Zust√§nde verhindern. Seri√∂se Studien (u.a. der WHO) belegen dies schon l√§ngst.

Warum kann sich Ungarn nicht an seinen westlichen Nachbarländern orientieren, die keine Straßentiere haben?

Wir bitten aber fordern auch auf im Namen der Tiere von Ungarn:

Das Schlie√üen der T√∂tungsstationen beziehungsweise das Umwandeln in korrekt gef√ľhrte Tierheime, die dem Tierschutzgesetz zum Schutz der Tiere entsprechen.

Tierheimleiter und Menschen hart zu bestrafen, die solche T√∂tungsstationen f√ľhren und f√ľr die Qualen der Tiere verantwortlich sind.

Das √Ėffnen der Tierheime f√ľr Publikum.

Danke f√ľr Ihre Bem√ľhungen.

Mit freundlichen Gr√ľ√üen

500 CATS RESCUED in CHINA! 500 cats crammed in trucks…

Cats Eyes
Cats Eyes (Photo credit: @Doug88888)

Volunteers Celebrate Saving 500 Cats from Meat Trade


Volunteers in China are weary but grateful as they provide care for 500 cats rescued rescued from the meat trade. These cats were saved by chance when a police officer pulled the vehicle over in the city of  Xuzhou after noticing it had out-of-town license plates.

Office Sun, who had been doing routine inspections along the roadway, began investigating when he heard crying coming from the back of a large agricultural vehicle. The driver told him that he was carrying rabbits, but when the office inspected the burlap bags in the back of the truck, he found hundreds of cats struggling for air and severely dehydrated.

A long standoff ensued as word went out to local animal rescue volunteers who began negotiating for the release of the cats. Although they had no legal standing to seize the animals, they refused to let the vehicle continue on. Haggling for custody of the cats stretched well into evening before the driver finally agreed to accept the equivalent of $800 for the cats.

Xuzhou Animal Rescuer Centre now has 1,000 animals in their shelter after this mass intervention. Some volunteers are reportedly getting ill from exhaustion, working around the clock for the cats, but they are determined to bring peace to these survivors. While some of the cats are settling in, others are still petrified of human contact. Their recovery will be long and the adoption process painstakingly slow.

Today the Harmony Fund has made a donation to help in the care of these cats as part of it’s year end international campaign Operation Holiday Kitty which will provide aid to an array of cat rescue efforts across the planet.

Read more:


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 ‚Äėcat snatchers‚Äô. They are taken for slaughter in what animal welfare campaigners describe as ‚Äėhideous conditions‚Äô, 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,

‚ÄėHe 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,‚Äô 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 ‚Äėtiger and dragon locked in battle‚Äô, 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: ‚ÄėThere are horrendous practices in China and their animal welfare system is abysmal.

‚ÄėIt 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.‚Äô

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: ‚ÄėThey are transported in hideous conditions, often with no food or water, to their death. It‚Äôs appalling, absolutely horrific.

‚ÄėThese are animals which in much of the world are pets and they are suffering terribly.‚Äô

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


“Hands that Help are Holyer than Lips that Pray”

Educating emotions

People need lessons in empathy, the imagination to put themselves in place
of others or animals

Eunice de Souza

Posted On Thursday, April 26, 2012 at 02:29:08 AM


      *People need to realise the
benefit from contact with animals
and the natural world*  I happened to be standing at a local bus stop one
day when children were returning from school. I suddenly noticed a small
group of young boys had collected and were staring at something on the wall
behind me.

They were picking up stones. I look around, and there was a chameleon on
the wall which the children were determined to kill. I shooed them away,
but they kept coming back. Would ‚Äúblood-lust‚ÄĚ be too strong a term to
describe the way they behaved?

Children as young as two pick up stones to throw at inoffensive dogs having
a nap, while their bovine mothers stand there saying nothing. Of course, if
the dog were to give the child a nip in return, all hell would be let

Then there was the dog whose eyes were bleeding. We were to take him to
hospital, but he was in a panic and rushed here and there. The young men
who were trying to catch him finally succeeded. But in the meantime, a
crowd had gathered, laughing and cheering.

You wouldn’t think all this could happen in a country where we are so ready
to say our feelings have been hurt! Is this because, in our educational
system and elsewhere, we don’t think seriously in terms of educating

In his autobiography, John Stuart Mill talks about the rigorous system his
father put him through. If I’m not mistaken, he says that from the age of
three or so, he was made to study Greek, Latin, History, and a great deal

At some point in his life, he felt so dead that he was near a nervous
breakdown. It was then that he found relief and salvation in reading
Wordsworth, whose work put him in touch with feelings that were both
experienced and explored.

He is a poet who was as relevant then as he is now: “The world is too much
with us; late and soon,/Getting and spending, we lay waste our powers:
Little we see in Nature that is ours;/We have given our hearts away, a
sordid boon!‚ÄĚ

Valuing Science, Engineering, Medicine, Technology is fine. But we are more
than scientists, engineers, doctors or computer specialists. Empathy, the
imagination to put ourselves in the place of others, doesn’t always come
naturally. (It does to my dog.

When I came home with a bandaged eye, he looked at it for a while and then
licked my hand.) Nor can we expect to feel empathy all the time for
everyone and everything. I, for one, would have happily machine-gunned that
lot laughing and cheering while looking at the blind dog.

Sometimes, when I reach a point when I feel I can’t stand any more of this,
something reassuring happens. One of half-a-dozen or so of small
businessmen who look after animals, and are around the corner from me,
asked me to look at a dog the other day.

The dog had a head wound infested with maggots. He was not a local dog.
Wounded dogs often run from place to place because they are so distressed.
Often people shoo them away. I knew there was really no hope for the dog.
When I said this, the shop owner said, ‚ÄúLet‚Äôs give him a chance.‚ÄĚ So we
called the ambulance.

Obviously, people like him don’t need lessons in empathy. They know that we
benefit from contact with animals and the natural world as much as animals/
birds benefit from our caring. But perhaps, till the great revolution in
empathy arrives, we can make a small start: persuade ourselves to put out a
bowl of water for thirsty animals and birds in this awful weather.


Nilesh Bhanage
Founder – PAWS
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