Saturday, March 08, 2008

Cats Slaughtered for Beijing Olympic Games

Terrified cats crammed tightly into cages are hauled off to a meat market in Guangzhou

Cats by the thousands are being rounded up and killed by Chinese authorities, reports the Daily Mail in the Sunday edition. Owners willingly handover their pet cats or abandon them in the streets where the felines are caught and stuffed into cages so small and crowded the cats cannot move.

Beijing communist rulers have told the public the cats carry deadly diseases and must be destroyed. Officials say the cats are a serious urban health risk and possibly contributed to a SARS outbreak in 2003. However, even with the deadly disease warnings, hundreds of cats are being sold as food at meat markets.

There has been an explosion of restaurants in Beijing serving cat meat. Hundreds of cats are being shipped to Guangzhou in southern China. Restaurants there are well known for serving the meat of cats, dogs, snakes, and tigers.

The crackdown on Beijing's 500,000 cats is seen by animal welfare activists as another extreme measure to clean up the streets preparatory to the Olympic Games in August 2008. Hu Yuan shares her home with 250 abandoned cats. The 80 year old retired doctor said the problems started with former president Jiang Zemin.

"He didn't like dogs so he decided to have dogs killed. But there was a bad reaction from the foreign media and they were pressured to stop...Now they have stopped killing dogs but the new victims are cats. It is all connected to the Olympics."
Yan Qi, the founder of an animal rescue group negotiated the release of 30 pets from one of the dozen animal collection compounds. He said the cats were in such bad shape that half of them died within days. Of his visit to the compound, Yan Qi said,

"When we went inside, we saw about 70 cats being kept in cages stacked one on top of the other in two tiny rooms. Disease spreads quickly among them and they die slowly in agony and distress. The government won't even do the cats the kindness of giving them lethal injections when they become sick. They just wait for them to die ... It is the abandoned pets that suffer the most and die the soonest. They relied so much on their owners that they can't cope with the new environment. Most refuse to eat or drink and get sick more quickly than the feral cats ... We do not believe any of the cats that go in there survive. They are like death camps."
One cat lovers' group negotiated the release of 30 pets from one of the compounds in Shahe, north-west Beijing, but said they were in such a pitiful condition that half of them died within days of their release.

"These cats are being left to die. It is very inhumane," said the group's founder Yan Qi, who runs a sanctuary for cats.

"When we went inside, we saw about 70 cats being kept in cages stacked one on top of the other in two tiny rooms.

Rescued diseased pet
"Disease spreads quickly among them and they die slowly in agony and distress. The government won't even do the cats the kindness of giving them lethal injections when they become sick. They just wait for them to die.

"It is the abandoned pets that suffer the most and die the soonest. They relied so much on their owners that they can't cope with the new environment.

"Most refuse to eat or drink and get sick more quickly than the feral cats."

Ms. Yan's group has now been denied access to the pounds. "We do not believe any of the cats that go in there survive," she said. "They are like death camps."
Enjoy the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.




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4 comments:

I love cats said...

What is so bad in cats during Olympic games?

Indigo Red said...

I don't really know, Cat Lover. The Chinese have very different ideas about many things than do Europeans.

Last year they killed dogs, now they kill cats. Because the cats are being killed, many towns and cities have too many rats and mice.

For the Olympics, China wants to look like a modern country. The western countries do not have thousands of cats and dogs wandering the streets. I guess they reckon that ridding the country of cats and dogs will make them a modern country. But, like I said, I don't really know.

dcat said...

Just goes to show and my analogy of people are "THEY ARE ALL NUTS!

Gayle said...

They certainly will be overrun with rats and mice and it serves them right. This is so absolutely cruel and stupid it defies description. On top of that, it totally pisses me off!

I wouldn't attend the olympics if someone gave me a free ticket and paid for my airline flight. GRRRR!