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megimoo
12-18-2008, 01:33 PM
China protest decries custom of eating cats

The paper said people in Guangdong eat 10,000 cats a day.

- 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.
http://ph.news.yahoo.com/ap/20081218/tap-as-china-cat-protest-1st-ld-writethr-bb10fb8.html

PoliCon
12-18-2008, 01:40 PM
China protest decries custom of eating cats

The paper said people in Guangdong eat 10,000 cats a day.

- 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.
http://ph.news.yahoo.com/ap/20081218/tap-as-china-cat-protest-1st-ld-writethr-bb10fb8.htmlwhat part of this practice do they object to? Eating cats - or cooking them alive?

Gingersnap
12-18-2008, 02:03 PM
10,000 cats a day? There's something wrong here. I can understand eating the occasional cat as sort of a treat-type of thing or maybe on Date Night but it doesn't make any economic sense to raise them as a staple food source. They breed too slow and they eat too much. Worse yet, they eat exactly the type of tasty meat things that humans (or Chinese humans, at least) also want to eat.

The math just doesn't work here.

megimoo
12-18-2008, 02:40 PM
10,000 cats a day? There's something wrong here. I can understand eating the occasional cat as sort of a treat-type of thing or maybe on Date Night but it doesn't make any economic sense to raise them as a staple food source. They breed too slow and they eat too much. Worse yet, they eat exactly the type of tasty meat things that humans (or Chinese humans, at least) also want to eat.

The math just doesn't work here.Put your slipstick away Sir Isaaic .The jaded epicures in China have developed a whole cuisine around cats as fine dining.
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Cat and/or dog eating has been documented, filmed etc in Korea and in China. Documentary evidence shows that in parts of China, cats do form part of the diet and may even be farmed as dual flesh/fur livestock. China has suffered periodic famines for centuries. This has led to them eating a far wider range of meat and vegetables than most Western cultures. Cantonese cuisine uses a particularly wide range of "exotic" ingredients. It is often said that the Chinese will eat anything with four legs except a table and anything with wings except an aeroplane. In practice, the commonly eaten meats are pork, beef, chicken, rabbit and duck.

In Canton, southern China, there exists a dish called "The Dragon and the Tiger''. It is made with snake and cat meat stir-fried together and is an exotic delicacy. "Snake Soup", "Dragon Fights with Tiger Soup" (longhudou) or "Dragon-Tiger-Phoenix Soup" contains cobra, serpentine, old cat, and young chicken. The snake stands for the dragon, cat stands for tiger and chicken stands for phoenix. "'Tiger Fights Dragon'" is described as consisting of a roast snake entwined around a roast cat.

There are persistent rumours that the rise in demand for cat (a delicacy), and the apparent willingness of some Chinese to pay extravagant prices for cat dishes, has led to pet cats in Beijing being stolen to Cantonese-style restaurants. In January 2000, the New York Times reported allegations that the popularity of Cantonese-style restaurants in Beijing has led to cat-thefts to meet the rising demand. Lu Di, a Beijing woman, professor of classical literature and long-time animal welfare campaigner (a rarity in China) apparently stated that between September and the date of the report, up to 500 Beijing families had their pet cats stolen. This estimate was extrapolated from complaints received by her Association for the Protection of Small Animals.

Lu Di apparently described a case in which six cats in one north-western section of Beijing were stolen in one day. The distraught owners found the animals caged at nearby restaurants. The police apparently refused to help them, because there are no specific laws relating to pet-theft. The owners called the Association for the Protection of Small Animals, but when they returned to the restaurants the cages were empty and the owners were distraught. Certainly knowledge of the manner in which cats and other small animals are dispatched would create great distress in an owner whose cat had been stolen for the restaurant trade.
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http://www.messybeast.com/eat-cats.htm