Shameful Slaughter of Cats Protest
By GILLIAN WONG, Associated Press Writer AP - Friday, December 19, 2008
BEIJING - A southern Chinese province must stop the “shameful” and “cruel slaughter” of cats for food, a group of more than 40 animal lovers in Beijing said Thursday as they unfurled banners in a tearful protest.
Thousands of cats across the country have been caught in the past week by traders and transported to Guangdong province to be killed for food, said the protesters gathered at the Guangdong government’s office in Beijing.
“We are very angry because the cats are being skinned and then cooked alive. We must make them correct this uncivilized behavior,” said Wang Hongyao, who represented the group in submitting a letter to the Guangdong office.
The protesters urged the provincial government to crack down on cat traders and restaurants that serve cat meat, although no law says it is illegal to eat cats. It has long been common for cats and dogs to be eaten in some parts of China and in some other Asian countries.
The demonstrators held up banners saying “Cooking cats alive! Shame on Guangdong!” and “Resolutely oppose cruel slaughter” as they met with a representative of the Guangdong office.
Calls to the Guangdong provincial office in Beijing rang unanswered, while the government news office in the province refused to comment.
The protest was apparently in response to Chinese media reports in recent days that carried pictures of furry felines peering out through bamboo crates and metal cages, apparently en route to Guangzhou, Guangdong’s capital. Other pictures show cats being skinned in restaurant kitchens.
About 5,000 cats were sent from Nanjing to Guangzhou, while cats from Shanghai, Hangzhou and other places were also being rounded up, the Chengdu Business Daily reported last week. The paper said people in
Guangdong eat 10,000 cats a day.
No reason was given for the increased media coverage, or if there has been an increase in cat meat consumption.
Many of the protesters in Beijing were retirees who said they have been caring for strays cats. The protesters said they believed that some street cats in Beijing, “especially the fat ones,” have disappeared and were likely nabbed by cat meat dealers.
“These cats, they are like our children,” said Cui Qingzhen, a 56-year-old woman who said she has been feeding street cats for six years. “We can’t let these people do this to them.”
The demonstrators also noted that a virus that causes severe acute respiratory syndrome, SARS, is suspected to have been spread to humans by civet cats, mongoose-like animals considered a delicacy in southern China.
SARS was first reported in Guangdong in November 2002 and killed 774 people worldwide before subsiding in July 2003. In 2004, Guangdong banned the raising, selling, killing and eating of civet cats.
“Haven’t they learned from SARS that some animals just shouldn’t be eaten by humans?” Cui said. “Ask the Guangdong people: What else must they eat?”
Associated Press researcher Xi Yue contributed to the report.
Please note that although I am thankful that the senseless killing and slaughter of cats has caught Chinese media attention it is sad to note that only 40 Chinese people were present at the protest. If this were happening in America the number would be into the multiple of thousands. However, it is a start.
Even sadder is the inability of the Chinese people to comprehend that there are other sources for cheap protein, many of which are easy to obtain and raise such as farm-raised fish, poultry, and milk products produced from goats and cows. Not to mention vegetable proteins such as beans and rice.
A government program to encourage the spaying and neutering of cats and dogs would help keep the overpopulation of these animals at a minimum. Humane methods of euthanasia can be employed. And a national program to vaccinate dogs and cats against rabies would help the overall health of the Chinese people and its pets.
China’s True Heritage Passed On From One Generation To Another: Eating Dog And Cat—Ancient Chinese Custom!
I have seen and heard just about enough about all the hoopla of the Bejiing Olympics. First, let me state that I am embarrassed that a civilized country like America would even participate in ANY event hosted by the Chinese. China may very well be growing into an economic giant, all thanks to America and Europe. It may have modern cities, transportation, computers,video games, plasma television, ipods and all the other electronic gizmos of a “progressive” nation. But take a look around and what you will find is a nation whose government keeps their people suppressed politically, religiously, and physically.
It is a nation whose government not only scorns the rights of humans but of animals. It is a nation that views human life as an expendable commodity. Hence it should come as no surprise that animals regarded by Western Society as pets are food to these people. Dogs primary purpose to the Chinese are food and fur. They are caged and bred to be slaughtered for food or to adorn a coat that will be imported into America, Europe or Russia. Cats don’t fare any better.
Let’s not cringe at that because the Chinese do not hesitate to eat anything that most other cultures would find offensive: donkey penis, rats, cats, dogs, various fetuses, preserved “rotten” eggs, bird nest soup, and the list goes on and on. Their meat markets are filled with caged dogs, cats, and other animals all witnessing the slaughter of their cage-mates while awaiting their turn.
The carnage gets even worse when you look at their fur-trade practices. And yes, if you wear a fur-trimmed parka you are more than likely wearing a dog fur or cat fur imported directly from China. Why do you think all our clothes are imported? American clothing manufacturers can’t make clothes from dogs and cats but it certainly can IMPORT them. No questions asked. Consumers don’t mind, they don’t even bother looking into where their nice inexpensive (and sometimes not so inexpensive) fur-trimmed coat was made.
Let’s add the fact that thanks to China thousands of Americans lost their beloved pets due to contaminated pet food. The Menu Foods company imported tainted wheat gluten from China. And the Chinese KNEW it was tainted. But why would they care? They probably figured it was rather humorous to provide tainted ingredients to an American company that makes food for one of their own food products.
Additional thanks goes out to the Chinese for manufacturing toys for our pets and children using toxic lead paint. Why would Americans think that the Chinese regulate these things? They have no regulations!
Of course we are dealing with a nation that has practiced selling their female children into slavery for centuries. If the girls aren’t sold then they are killed at birth. It’s called infanticide.
Then there’s the crowing achievement of the Chinese: cyber sabotage. The barrage of spam, server infiltration, and hacking that goes on originates in China. It keeps the I.T. people busy and it stops up the flow of Western productivity.
Is this making you uncomfortable? Well that’s good! It’s time Americans took a stand against companies that import goods or manufacture their products in China. Why would we want to support this nation? Why would we want to support these companies? As far as I’m concerned this “Most Favored Nation” status of China should be changed to “Most Hated Nation.”
For more information on the subject of dog and cat eating in the Asian countries please visit Animals Asia Foundation. PLEASE offer your support!
Korea is another dog and cat eating country. Contrary to myth Korea does not have a cultural culinary heritage of eating dogs and cats. This is a relatively new phenomena promoted by purveyors of dog and cat meat. This is because dog meat production is cheap to produce—a dog can be slaughtered at the age of 4 months. While Korea banned dog meat it is now in the process of reclassifying dogs as “livestock.”
In the summer of 2006 the Chinese government began a program to eradicate all dogs and cats from the city-streets of China, particularly the Bejiing area. The Chinese government’s stance was that dogs spread disease, soiled the streets, and were dangerous to the public. A task force, called the cull police, was formed to systematically kill all stray dogs.
In addition, a government edict was made that the maximum height of pet dogs could not exceed 35cm (a little over 13 inches), only certain breeds were allowed to be pets, and families were allowed to house only ONE dog.
All pet dogs who did not meet these specifications were seized from their families by the police and put to death. All families who owned more than one dog (even if those dogs met the 35cm height rule) had to choose which dog would live or die.
As stated by Jeff of Toronto, Ontario, Canada who wrote to the Ambassador of the Chinese Embassy in Canada in November of 2006, “I have read and seen atrocious pictures of dogs being electrocuted [by automobile batteries], strangled, poisoned, some buried alive and even beaten to death right in front of their horrified guardians and members of the public including children! These actions are to me without a doubt inexcusable, whether hidden or in full view.”
Here is the horrifying story and photographs from a Chinese citizen who got the word out.
In His Own Words..
Beginning in July, 2006, dogs in China have been subjected to horrifically cruel mass slaughter campaigns in various cities and regions at the direction of the Chinese Government. Authorities have declared rabies, stray overpopulation and resulting public soiling and instances of biting as the reasons for these culls.
And, as Robin writes from Shanghai, China the situation continues to be pathetic:
“Thursday November 23, 2006
To whom it may concern:
An inhumane massacre of dogs is, now, happening in China, led by the government.
I am a common Chinese citizen with two golden retrievers and I love them as my kids. Under the terror of losing the best friend of our humankind, I am like every other Chinese dog lover, who feels not only upset about the unintelligible action against dogs by the government, but also powerless to protect our own friends and kids…