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Police rescue 150 cats headed for dinner tables in China

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Cats are seen in cages as they’re rescued from slaughter, in a photograph supplied by the Humane Society International charity, which stated on August 30, 2022, that police had rescued about 150 home cats in the town of Jinan, in China’s japanese Shandong province.

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Beijing — Nearly 150 cats certain for slaughterhouses have been rescued by police in japanese China, a world animal welfare group stated. The animals have been crammed into rusty cages once they have been discovered by police in the japanese metropolis of Jinan in Shandong province, Humane Society International (HSI) said in a statement Tuesday.

A gang positioned sparrows in cages as bait and used a distant management to close the traps as quickly as every cat entered, an activist with native animal rights group VShine stated.

“It was shocking to see the state they were in, many of them emaciated and crying out,” an activist, who solely supplied their final title Huang, stated in a press release to HSI. “Our discovery of dozens of live sparrows used as bait to lure the cats was also a big shock.”

Most of the rescued felines are believed to have been family pets and have been despatched to native animal shelters, the assertion added.

Activists additionally discovered 31 sparrows — a protected species in China — on the scene and launched them again into the wild.


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China has no legal guidelines towards animal cruelty, however the suspects might face penalties for searching the birds, property theft and for violations of animal epidemic prevention guidelines.

Around 10 million canines and 4 million cats are killed for human consumption every year in China, in accordance with HSI.

Dog and cat meat is taken into account a delicacy in some components of China, and the commerce in their flesh stays profitable sufficient to spur legal gangs to steal pets, although the behavior has seen a gentle decline as pet possession has risen.

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A lady walks previous a canine vendor ready for patrons at a market in the course of the annual canine meat pageant in Yulin, in south China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, June 21, 2016.

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Every June, the town of Yulin in southern China hosts a canine meat pageant, the place stay canines and cats are bought for consuming.

The custom of consuming canines and cats in south China’s Guangdong and Guangxi provinces dates again hundreds of years.

“These are China’s two main cat meat eating hotspots,” Dr Peter Li, HSI China coverage specialist, stated in a press release. “Throughout the rest of mainland China, cat meat is not part of the food culture at all.”

The COVID-19 outbreak seems to have additional decreased the urge for food for cat and canine meat, after the illness was linked to a market in the central metropolis of Wuhan promoting stay animals for meals.

China banned the consumption and commerce of wildlife in 2020.

The Guangdong cities of Shenzhen and Zhuhai banned the consumption of canines and cats in April that year, turning into the primary cities in China to take action.

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