Friday, January 13, 2012

China Herding Cats .. For Dinner

From China Daily (this is supposed to make China look good??)
Some call it an indelicate trade, others, a delicacy
 Updated: 2012-01-13 07:50

 By Guo Rui (China Daily)

In South China, elderly diners savor cat meat, particularly during winter

Some call it an indelicate trade, others, a delicacy
A keeper checks caged cats at a house in Wuhan on Dec 30. The cats are believed to have been sent to South China restaurants or are ready to be on the way. Trucks loaded with caged cats often head to South China in recent years. Chen Yong / for China Daily

WUHAN - In a gloomy and damp single-story house in the rural-urban fringe of the city, hundreds of cats are locked in a foul-smelling room. The terrified animals were rounded up in neighboring provinces, and they will be killed in southern China to end up on dinner tables.
"After gathering a certain number, around 300, the cats will be moved to sell to restaurants in Guangdong province and the Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region," a 'guardian' of the cats surnamed Zhou, told China Daily on Tuesday.
Zhou said, since it is getting cold, people in Guangdong and Guangxi will eat cat meat to supplement their diet.
So his boss opened this cat shipping station on Baishazhou Avenue, Wuhan, in October, and is paying him around 1,000 yuan ($156) a month.
"Sometimes there are 70 or 80 cats a day, other times just 20 or 30," said Zhou, a 60-year-old man from Xiaogan, Hubei province. He began the job, which was described as a "guardian", at the end of October. His main task is to watch the cats and load them into trucks.
At the dark site, around 100 cats were packed in cages, nervously nestling against one another

see rest of disturbing article:

The story covers animal rights groups and laws being created to protect stray cats, but  older people actually like to eat cats as a traditional delicacy. In the end, the cat herder says he'll quit because his kids object to his job.

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