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Holy S@#T! I didn't think they REALLY ate cats in China

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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




by on Jan. 16, 2013 at 5:19 PM
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jas_momof2
by Ruby Member on Jan. 16, 2013 at 5:35 PM

There are places in New York serving rat... 

jellybeanjean
by Platinum Member on Jan. 16, 2013 at 5:36 PM
Pssssh cats are nothing .... How about the fried rats on the menu?
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jellybeanjean
by Platinum Member on Jan. 16, 2013 at 5:38 PM
1 mom liked this
I always get really sad wen I see a truck on the freeway packed with chickens or pigs.

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?!
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mlg1989
by ZombieMegg on Jan. 16, 2013 at 5:39 PM
They breed a certain dog too. Just like we do cows.
Fuck...id eat a dog or cat if my life depended on it.
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mich.el.le
by on Jan. 16, 2013 at 5:39 PM


Quoting katinahat:


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.

The whole meat industry here is like that. Several companies and restaurants have gotten in trouble or at least caught the public's scorn for it.

LilyofPhilly
by Platinum Member on Jan. 16, 2013 at 5:39 PM
First, I don't believe for one second that anyone would keep cats in a restaurant for days and not feed them. If you've ever owned a cat and been woken up in the morning because the food bowl is empty, you'd realize how ridiculous that idea is. Who'd eat in a restaurant full of hungry, howling cats?
Pigs are repeatedly impregnated and kept in stalls so small they cant turn around or lay down. They bloody themselves beating on the bars. And they're packed into unheated trucks by the hundreds to slaughter.


Quoting katinahat:



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.

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tleedavis
by on Jan. 16, 2013 at 5:41 PM

 I am totally not a cat person, but this is just terrible :( those poor kitties are lucky that they were rescued.

LilyofPhilly
by Platinum Member on Jan. 16, 2013 at 5:41 PM
I used to work in front of Hatfield Meats. I live in Hatfield. The smell was sickening.

Quoting jellybeanjean:

I always get really sad wen I see a truck on the freeway packed with chickens or pigs.



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?!
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Mommytotwins44
by on Jan. 16, 2013 at 5:43 PM
i am going to go throw up now.....excuse me!
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LoveMyKBabies
by on Jan. 16, 2013 at 5:48 PM
Damnit. Now I want Chinese food!! :( .............Sadie!! Here kitty kitty *shakes cat food bag*
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