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Chinese animal lovers rescue 375 cats from illegal slaughterhouse

All of the cats, except four that did not survive their ordeal, have been put up for adoption by the Capital Animal Welfare Association, whose members handled the rescue.

ZOE LOW: ‘Hundreds of cats were saved from slaughter this week after a group of animal lovers stumbled upon an illegal slaughterhouse in northeast China, according to local media reports. The people, all members of a local animal welfare group in the city of Tianjin, had been out looking for a lost pet cat when they spotted the premises. “There was a run-down house in the middle of nowhere with cat hair, skin and animal entrails scattered along the road leading to it,” a woman surnamed Shi was quoted as saying… Local people knew there was an illegal slaughterhouse operating somewhere in the area but had never been able to find it, the report said…

The reports did not explained how the animal lovers completed the mission or if the local police were involved. They also did not say if any further investigations were under way. All of the cats, except four that did not survive their ordeal, have been put up for adoption by the Capital Animal Welfare Association, whose members handled the rescue, the newspaper report said… Eating cat meat is not illegal in China and it features in a dish known as dragon and tiger soup, which was once popular in Guangdong province but has been banned since 2007… According to Hong Kong-based advocacy group Animals Asia, about 4 million cats and 10 million dogs are slaughtered every year for food in China’. SOURCE…

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