Cat meat trade in Vietnam

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In the late 1990s so many cats were eaten in Vietnam that rodents took over farms in plague proportions and destroyed the year's crops.[1]

In 2018, the Express published an article entitled Inside a sickening cat meat market: Photos reveal the horror of barbaric cat trade which indicated:

Despite the consumption of cat meat being illegal, Vietnam's emerging middle class has a taste for exotic, expensive meats.

Cats are traditionally viewed as a source of strength and potency and is praised for its delicate taste.

Consequently, thousands of pet cats are snatched every year from homes across Vietnam and the southern provinces of China, where traders have been quick to capitalise on their neighbours' appetite.

Like the dog-meat restaurants Vietnam has long been notorious for, cat restaurants present a harsh and terrifying environment for the animals, which are kept in crowded cages before their slaughter...

In the late 1990s so many cats were eaten in Vietnam that rodents took over farms in plague proportions and destroyed the year’s crops. In 1998 the Vietnamese government introduced a “Rat Eradication” law to shut down cat meat restaurants and “seriously deal with” cat smugglers. In 2017 cat meat is still freely available across Vietnam.

HORRIFIC pictures reveal the true horror within a Vietnamese cat meat market where animals are skinned, butchered and boiled for a delicacy dish called “little tiger”.[2]

Inhuman practices in the cat meat trade in Vietnam

The Sun reported in 2018 about Vietnam's cat meat industry:

Known as “little tiger”, cat meat is considered lucky and a source of strength and feline-like agility in the south-east Asian country.

Some of the cats are wearing collars, suggesting they could have been snatched from loving homes before awaiting their fate of being killed, cooked and sold.

One of the pictures shows the tragic animals being drowned in a cage which is submerged in water.

Australian Michele Brown, the CEO of Fight Dog Meat charity, has now released the shocking pictures in a bid to raise awareness of the little-known cat meat trade...

“The tradition is wrapped in superstition. The meat is eaten at the start of every month to ward off bad luck, boost libido, and even to gain the agility of the cat.

“But it’s a dreadful situation. The butchers want tough meat so they terrorise the cats in the belief it will flood them with adrenaline.

“Cats are space sensitive, so they throw them all in the death cages and kill them outside then lay the carcasses on top.

“Some of these cats are house pets taken from the streets by snatchers, you can hear how terrified they are.”

Cat meat is considered a delicacy in Vietnam, and speciality restaurants that serve it are booming, with dishes fetching between £43 and £57.

Reports suggest Vietnam banned cat restaurants in 1997 during a rat plague, but Michele said despite this the industry has thrived above the law to become the world’s largest per capita.

Michele painted a chilling picture of the industry, which she said has been met with condemnation by animal welfare groups.[3]

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