500 Chinese Cats Saved From The Cooking Pot

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“This truly was a lucky day, had the police not stopped the truck, the cats wouldn’t have made it! Of course the animal lovers who came to their rescue & bought them, probably out of their own pockets…Kudos to these guys. I just hope they can find loving homes for them all, or at least a decent shelter until they can be adopted. Animal lovers are rising up around the world…we are being heard & we can make a difference. There are a few of the many petitions at the end of this post, lets keep up the pressure & force the Chinese Government to listen…please sign!”

Police in the eastern Chinese city of Xuzhou have intercepted a lorry carrying 500 cats destined for the cooking pot.

Some of the cats, thought to be destined for a restaurant table, that were intercepted in Xuzhou Photo: One of the cats, thought to be destined for a restaurant table, that was intercepted in Xuzhou

There has been extra security on China’s roads ahead of next week’s once-in-a-decade leadership change, and officers in Xuzhou pulled over the lorry when they noticed it had out-of-town license plates.

Cats face cruel death at restaurants, these are the lucky one’s

When they heard mewling from under the tarpaulin covering its cargo, they asked the drivers what they were transporting. “Rabbits,” came the response.

Instead, the lorry was carrying dozens of rusty iron cages filled with cats. In recent years, the appetite for cat meat in the south of China has created a supply chain that reaches across the country.

Very Lucky Cats

A notorious Cantonese dish is “Tiger and Dragon Locked in Battle”, 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, and restaurants in the province have had to look elsewhere for a steady supply.

There is no law in China against selling cats, since cats are not regarded as household possessions. Cat snatchers generally make around 10 yuan (£1) per cat and sell them to middlemen who then arrange transport to the south.

How could anyone hurt them, let alone eat them…Sickening!!

While the lorry had therefore not breached any laws, the police contacted animal lovers in Xuzhou who negotiated for almost three hours before reaching a deal with the drivers to buy their feline cargo for 3,500 yuan (£350).“Angels without wings”

News Link:-http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/9650434/Chinese-cats-saved-from-the-cooking-pot.html

Petitions to sign:-

http://www.petitionbuzz.com/petitions/againstasiancruelty

http://www.change.org/petitions/embassy-of-the-peoples-republic-of-china-in-canada-stop-the-cruel-dog-and-cat-fur-trade

http://www.unitedcats.com/en/club/2423/stop-killing-dogs/discussions/31357/petition-against-both-cats-and-dogs-being-eaten

http://www.gopetition.co.uk/petitions/stop-killing-dogs-and-cats-in-south-korea.html

Cat and dog meat could soon be off the menu in China as first animal abuse law edges closer

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“This was January 2010”

“What happened to the supposed new law’s??  I have been signing petitions since 2007, obviously they didn’t help then, & they haven’t helped to date; This is horrific & needs to be stopped!”

Dog and cat meat could soon be banned from restaurants in China, ending thousands of years of tradition, following protests from animal rights campaigners.

The Chinese government is now on the verge of introducing its first law against animal abuse and permanently removing both animals from the menu.

The first draft of the law, aiming to protect animals from being hurt and killed in a cruel manner, will be raised for legislation in April.

In particular, the draft suggests people caught eating dog or cat meat be jailed for up to 15 days and fined 5,000 yuan (£450), while businesses would be fined between 100,000 to 500,000 yuan (£9,000 to £45,000).

Pet lovers’ associations have sprung up in Chinese cities over recent years, with one liberation group last year ramming a truck full of caged cats to rescue them from being shipped to southern restaurants.

While many Chinese enjoy rich dog meat, especially during cold winters, some object to the practice in some regions of beating dogs to death to release the blood into the meat.

The China National Native Produce & Animal By-Products Import and Export Corporation backed the initiative, which it believes will improve overseas perceptions of Chinese exports.

Others insisted a ban on dog and cat meat was unrealistic.

‘Banning such custom by law is inappropriate and unable to work,’ said Xu Huiqiang, chief of wild animal protection in Jiangsu province, where a dog meat recipe has been listed as a piece of cultural heritage.

An official of Leping, a city that has a traditional catering industry based on dog meat, said that the local economy and people’s lives would be terribly hurt by such a law.

‘Cooking them alive must be punished but which meat to eat should be people’s own choice,’ said a commentary on Xinhua Daily in Nanjing. ‘Some people in China still can’t afford meat. We should not blindly copy Western values.’

But one online protester named ‘Yuxiang999’ posted on Xinhuanet.com: ‘Eating cats and dogs is a shameless barbarian thing. Anyone with humanity would not kill these loyal friends of ours.’

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1246454/Cat-dog-meat-soon-menu-China-animal-abuse-law-edges-closer.html#ixzz1sloIpuwE

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