As covered in a recent report by Chris Lau for CNN, police in the eastern province of Jiangsu, China, rescued 1,000 cats from a truck that was transporting them to a slaughterhouse to then be fraudulently sold as pork or mutton, which can sell for around $4 a pound.
It is unclear at this time if arrests were made. What is clear is that this unlawful and cruel trade of animals continues in lieu of profit.
The suffering of animals in China is no secret. Sentient beings have long anguished in unthinkable, inhumane conditions. Case in point, the Yulin Festival, which is celebrated in the month of June, where dogs are caged and beaten to death, so markets and restaurants alike can fill menus of various dog meat dishes for the ravenous consumer.
Animals in China are commonly exploited for entertainment, confined in suffocating enclosures. They also are exploited and slaughtered for debunked folk medicine that claims various bogus “cures” including sexual dysfunction,
According to the Chinese state-affiliated news outlet, The Paper, without the intervention, the batch was likely to be slaughtered and shipped south to be served as pork and lamb skewers as well as sausages. The reporting went on to say that the plot could have raked in as much as $20,500 and that the cats were sent to a nearby shelter.
Many questions remain unanswered.
Were the cats strays or pets?
Will they be adopted or killed?
Will these evil perpetuators merely face a minor fine?
This warrants further investigations involving this ongoing cruelty.
My first thought was that many of these trapped cats were not stray and were in fact one’s pet.
Because many cats in China are let out to roam, as we do in the United States, the cruel reality is that dangerous humanimals are the most perilous predators.
There is no doubt that all these cats were terrified when trapped and transported in this manner. Think about it —1,000 cats caged and transported in a single truck. It is sickening.
Cats and dogs are raised for meat in Chinese farms, but it is less expensive if they are stolen or trapped as strays. It is a nasty, pervasive market, driven by people willing to do ugly deeds for money. China does not have impactful laws protecting dogs or cats, as cases of animal cruelty and abuse have increased in number. Municipalities do not have programs for public education or veterinary clinics encouraging spay-neuter programs.
Livestock and wildlife protection laws are weak or nonexistent.
Elected leaders are often indifferent to the ongoing crisis of animal cruelty and blatantly ignore the destruction imposed on innocent sentient beings.
Bribes and kickbacks are a significant factor in the continued alarming slaughter of threatened and endangered species that are removed from their habitats, suffer tremendously in transportation across countries or are gruesomely poached where the animal’s bones, bladders and other body parts are sold as fraudulent medicine.
A large segment of China’s population loves and protects their pets and does not partake in the consumption of dog or cat meat, just as in the United States not everyone consumes meat. However, in China, stray cats and dogs are continually subjected to harm.
I still vividly remember the video where an innocent Corgi dog was beaten with a stick by a police health worker while the Corgi roamed the street where he lived. The owner of the dog was at a hospital suffering from the COVID virus. Neighbors had offered to feed the dog and while the Corgi was outside to relieve himself, the health police beat the dog to death — a death that did not take a moment.
Throughout 2021, local authorities were shamed for their “prevention” tactic, which included euthanizing animal companions when their owner was found to be COVID positive.
This is shameful and a disgrace.
Not everyone is sitting idly by allowing cruelty such as this to prevail.
Thanks to the dedicated efforts by unwavering activists, change is occurring.
It was the determined and steadfast activists that tipped off police to the criminal activity involving the 1,000 cats being transported to slaughter, enabling the truck to be stopped before reaching the final destination of carnage.
The Paper reported that animal activists first noticed a large number of nailed wooden boxes carrying many cats near a cemetery. These activists vigilantly patrolled the streets for six days, gathering evidence and when the loaded truck departed to the slaughterhouse, they called police.
One of the activists, Gong Jian who is building a sanctuary for stray felines in Jiangsu, told the Paper, “Some people will do all it takes because it is profitable.”
Han Jiali, another courageous activist participant in preventing this unthinkable slaughter, told The Paper, that it was not the first time, and that she had stopped similar illicit trades before in Guangdong, a southern Chinese province.
Kudos to these brave and resolute activists.
They are an inspiration to all and truly make change happen.
— The author is the Founder/Director of Harmony Kennels Foundation, a 501(c)3. Write her at: P.O. Box 5112, Vacaville, CA 95696.