Cat slaughtering practices in China

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In 2009, The Star reported: "China's Chengdu Business Daily estimated recently that as many as 10,000 cats are consumed throughout Guangdong everyday."[1]

China has a cat meat trade (see: Communist China and cat meat eating).

According to Human Society International:

Dr Peter Li, China policy specialist at Humane Society International, says: “The way cats are killed for China’s meat trade is notoriously brutal. They are grabbed around the throat with large iron tongs and then beaten over the head with a metal or wooden stick whilst their terrified cage mates look on. Some may still be conscious when they are thrown into a pot of boiling water to remove their hair. After that they are disembowelled, beheaded and de-footed to disguise the species, before being shipped to buyers. This is the fate of an estimated 4 million cats a year in China, a mixture of stolen pets and urban strays. I have rescued cats from these slaughterhouses myself, and they are utterly grotesque places, often with piles of fur and pet collars thrown in the corner.”...

CAPP reports that the cats at the slaughterhouse were in terrible condition, many emaciated and sick, crying out from being crushed together in the cages. There were piles of cat hair outside, the remains of countless thousands of cats slaughtered at the site in the past.

Mr Huang, a leading member of CAPP and one of the first to arrive at the illegal slaughterhouse, said: “The first three cages of the cats we saw were heart breaking. They were cages of misery. The hungry and sick cats cried louder when we approached them as if asking us to help them.”[2]

The Daily Mail reported:

The honey-coloured cat gasped for air, its face squashed against the wire mesh of the cage. After several minutes it managed to jerk its head away, only to sink back and be lost among the tightly packed mass of fur formed by bodies of other cats piled on top of one another.

This pitiful spectacle is repeated time and time again at a market in southern China where hundreds of cats - just like our own domestic pets - languish before being killed and eaten.

In China, cats are reared for one reason: to be devoured at restaurants by customers who pride themselves on their exotic tastes.

In some cases, the wretched creatures 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. To many people here, keeping cats as cherished pets is an act of folly.

We saw the appalling scenes at Guangzhou - the capital of the south-eastern province of Guangdong and one of China's most affluent cities.

At the Xin Yuan market just outside the city, the traders are unmoved by the animals' obvious distress and do the minimum necessary to keep them alive.

Their only concern is that the cats might die while in their hands, because that will cost them money...

Because of their weakened state Mr Peng had to push the cats towards the bowls and in doing so he discovered that one was dead. He picked it up by its tail, wrapped it in a carrier bag and discarded it at the back of his stall.

One of the few Westerners who have visited the market is Jill Robinson, director of the charity Animals Asia Foundation. She said: 'It is a sea of cruelty. The smell lingered on my clothes afterwards and the sights I witnessed stayed in my mind for days. I was in a state of shock.

'The cats were piled on top of each other in a horrifying way. They were defecating and urinating on each other. It was so miserable. I have never seen so many animals in one place at once.'[3]

Brutal Cat trade in Vietnam

Dog meat slaughtering practices in China, North Korea and Vietnam

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