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



By GILLIAN WONG,Associated Press Writer AP - Friday, December 19



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.
 

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what's the big deal? no one complains about the massive slaughter of cows and chickens. When I lived in japan every time we left the bar at night we'd stop at the street vendor and get some yakitori. they said it was chicken in teriyaki sauce but i'm sure it was cat or rat. my point is that it was only 100 yen for 10 pieces and very yummy!
 

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As long as their death is humane, who cares. Roasted cat might be good as hell for all I know.


Cooking them alive wouldn't be considered humane.



Why not just knock down a few million of the population? They are over populated the way it is.
 

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five21racing said:
Why not just knock down a few million of the population? They are over populated the way it is.


You mean cats don't ya! :lol:



There's room for every cat. Right next to the potatoes on my plate.
 

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Man when I lived in Guatemala we str8 up feasted on Rabbit. Those villagers knew how to cool a mean rabbit leg!
 

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gotta keep those pit bikes low cost! They sure can't be forking out an extra penny or two for something greasy; that would cut their pay check right in half. :lol:
 

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I have to find the article as it's been awhile since I've read it, but the other article talks about how the Chinese in the Guangdong Providence are making leather out of the cat hides (cat leather) to use as covering for motorcycle seats.
 

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Here in America we aren't very nice. Cows have their throats slit alive but they don't always die. So they are alive, bleeding, then skinned alive also. Found this out by watching a vid about animal cruelty in food processing. Right after watching it, I went down to a nice hamburger dinner. Basically, they aren't doing anything we aren't. Only difference is the animal.
 

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From a biological standpoint:



I would think the problem would be the diversity of the feline's beeing used for food and their lack of substantial breeding strains for consumption... like we do for cattle, poultry, etc.



The more diverse the animals the harder it would be to use a specifice protocol in the processing of the animals for meat, due to differing genotypes affecting, but not limited to: behavior, musculature, immunological response to disease, hormonal content and DNA density within muscle tissue used for consumption.... this would throw the entire industry way out of any sort of standard... if they have any, like whe have FDA, USDA, etc...



as far as being humane.. do you know how viel meat is produced??? young calves' legs are broken and then caged and tied down without movement to prevent the multinucleation of muscle cells. They are injected with androgenic/ anti-anabolic steriods their entire lives along with antibiotics and more until killed for processing.... this happens in the U.S....



I work in human cancer genetics research... to get the best results in a timely manner to maintain funding... sometimes "inhumane" actions are neccessary on lab animals... I just tell myself its for the greater good... they were breed for this reason.
 

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if these guys stop doing this then ware would we get our pit bikes? so they like the flavor of stupid greasy cats, who am i to judge......... i mean dosent eavryone go bonkers on a cat and horibly burn them to deth and eat them? and i gets cold up there so like yea, they need stuff to make coats out of. its like a hot tub for cats
 
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