WARNING: THIS IS A DISTURBING BUT NECESSARY STORY. THIS STORY NEEDS TO BE SPREAD EVERYWHERE SO OTHERS CAN TAKE ACTION TO STOP THIS.
12/19/08: UPDATE-MORE ARTICLES:
Chinese Demonstrate Against Cat Meat Industry
Where do Nanjing's stray cats end up?
Photos of cats packed into crates
Netizens angry about cats on menu (accepts BRIEF comments)
Cat Restaurant (warning: this is detailed and has very disturbing photos)
China Daily Newspaper article
I was doing my morning ritual of looking at the news and I came across a story about cats in China. To say it was disturbing news would be an understatement. I cried a lot.
China has been killing cats, skinning them alive and cooking them alive. This takes place mostly in the Guangdong province, where they eat 10,000 cats per day. These cats are stuffed together in cages and sold as food. The good news is there is an activist group in China protesting this appalling practice and trying to put an end to it. I admire them. They are brave to protest in a country that is intolerant of free speech and civil rights.
Civet cats used to be eaten in China, until that practice was banned due to SARS. But does it really take health reasons to ban inhumane actions to animals?
So I beg you to please contact the Humane Society International and/or the Humane Society of the United States to urge them to take whatever action they can to stop this horrible practice. I will update this article with further contacts as they become available.
Contact Humane Society International (*scroll all the way down to to the bottom of their page for contact form)
Embassy of the Peoples Republic of China in the US - Ambassador Zhou Wenzhong
(*note, contact page for the Ambassador has been "deleted". Hmm.)
US Embassy in Beijing -Ambassador Clark T. Randt, Jr
President Elect Obama
Tom Vilsack, appointed Agriculture Secretary by President-Elect Obama
(I am still looking for his contact info. He has an old myspace page.)
Humane Society article about Tom Vilsack