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Over 1500 Cats Trapped in Shanghai and Surrounding Region for Shipment to Southern China's Food and Fur Industries
"By late afternoon, the crowd was dispersed and, sadly, the remaining crates of cats appeared to be loaded onto a new truck by the cat trappers.
Although there is often little hope of helping cats already trapped and on their way to Guangdong, a focus of efforts on spay / neuter and indoor cat campaigns will hopefully someday reduce the numbers of available strays and unwittingly friendly pets going to market."
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Comment sent by Diana a true animal lover
The picture of this one cat reaching out and holding on to the bamboo slat with her paw - a gesture no different to a Human hand clinging to the bar of a prison - will stay with me forever. And I always thought I had seen enough to last me a lifetime. I know she is dead now, possibly skinned or boiled alive in a country that is synominous around the world for caring little to nothing for animals. Animals who are, in every respect, at the mercy of us Humans - to be used, abused, "produced" and murdered again at will and whim. I listened to the radio earlier today, and 5 out of 6 bits of news were to do with money - the God of our time - and not a word said about suffering and dying Humans and animals; not a word said about the imminent climate catastrophe capable of destroying life as we know it on this planet.
Where does such a world - such an upside-down world - leave the animals ?
Man is but one species of many, and yet he has managed to make himself the master and murderer of all others. Is this a world we still want to live in - even as members of the privileged Human race ? No.
My life is compromised by seeing all this horrendous suffering every day. By the cold-blooded ignorance of people around me. They worship something that cannot feel, does not breathe, cannot be born or die - they forget that Human life is also, these days, only a matter of what it is worth in terms of hard cash. Stop to be useful for the economy, for the country you live in, and you're meat that may as well rot in the corner. Each of you, Ladies and Gentlemen, to whom this is addressed, know this. Maybe there is one or two among you who see things differently - who want things to change - who are as sick as I am of the blood on all our hands.
To you I say: ACT. Save the lives of the innocent, of those on 4 legs and on 2. Protect the defenseless from abuse and murder. And there is no one as defenceless as an animal in our societies. It is your duty to protect their rights also - the rights all of them were born with and which CANNOT be taken from them, save by the hand of tyranny: A right to life and freedom from pain, physical and mental. That is the very least all beings walking this sad planet deserve. No less will do.
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Jia Xing (Zhejiang Province, China)
30 August 2008
Some of the over 1500 terrified cats trapped in and around Shanghai for shipment to Guangdong for food and fur.
On Friday, 29 August 2008, local animal rescuers located several trucks with over seventy bamboo crates crammed with nearly 1500 cats in Jia Xing, a small city in Zhejiang Province, about an hour outside of Shanghai. These cats had likely been trapped in parks, from housing compounds and the street of Shanghai and neighbouring areas. Many of the cats in the crates had collars on them – obviously people's pets, possibly trapped just meters from their home. Their destination was (and still is) Guangdong Province in southern China, to be used for food and fur.
Photocopied "ownership" papers
The trucks were intercepted late at night in a parking lot in an industrial section of town and as the cat trappers attempted to load the trucks, rescuers called the police. Some rescuers claimed to have lost their cat, while others challenged the rather unofficial-looking photocopied documents that the head of the cat smugglers produced to support his claim that he owned the cats legitimately, having paid RMB50,000 for Photocopied "ownership" papers them (USD$7,320 / GBP£4,067), and that he was transporting them all according to permit.
Regardless of the legality of transport permits, the condition in which the cats were packed – crammed 20 or more to a small crate with no room to move and no access to food or water, while some newborns were being crushed to death and other cats had died, was a shockingly cruel sight.
Someone's pet trapped for the food and fur trade
Dead cat found in crate after others scrambled away
Over 15 hours of negotiations ensued, in which the local rescuers refused to pay the smugglers for the cats (an agonizingly tough approach, but buying them would fuel more trapping for the "rescue market"). By mid-day Saturday, a crowd of nearly 300 people had gathered. A local TV crew filmed animal lovers feeding the cats through the slats of the crates and watering them down to keep them cool.
With an obvious stalemate, increasingly terrified cries coming from the crates and the deteriorating condition of the 1500 cats, several of the crates were broken and cats freed– albeit near a dangerous intersection without anybody to provide follow-up care. At this point, the area was cordoned off and further access to the cats blocked.
Row upon horrific row of trapped cats in crates
A handful of cats escape open crates
By late afternoon, the crowd was dispersed and, sadly, the remaining crates of cats appeared to be loaded onto a new truck by the cat trappers.
Although there is often little hope of helping cats already trapped and on their way to Guangdong, a focus of efforts on spay / neuter and indoor cat campaigns will hopefully someday reduce the numbers of available strays and unwittingly friendly pets going to market.
Shanghai Daily's coverage of the story here.
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