Thursday, January 22, 2009

Update on Cats in China

I have not forgotten about the cat situation in China. I did initially contact a group in China that actively works on protecting the cats. They told me I could volunteer from here in the U.S., but I have not heard back from them yet. I continue my hunt for information and resources.

Another resource found: Humane Society International. I sent them an email asking them about the situation in China. They sent the following email response:

[*TNR: Trap-Neuter-Return]

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Dear Ruth,


Thank you for contacting us with your concern over recent media reports covering the brutal cat meat trade in Guangzhou. These shocking stories have prompted protest from all over the world, especially within China, where activists have staged public demonstrations and attempted to halt the cat meat traders by stopping their vehicles.

For more, please see here:

http://www.hsus.org/hsi/confronting_cruelty/animal_cruelty_around_the_world/china_cats

http://www.hsus.org/hsi/confronting_cruelty/animal_cruelty_around_the_world/china_cats/statement-on-the-plight-of-1-500-chinese-cats.html

HSI is supporting a local organization in Beijing, where many of these cats are sourced. This organization has been performing *TNR all over the city since 2005, focusing on mass spay/neuter to reduce the population of street cats, many of whom fall victim to the meat and fur trade. Colonies are managed and protected by dedicated caretakers, and tireless volunteers train communities and individuals on TNR protocols.

HSI’s work in China has grown over the past three years. For more, please see here:

http://www.hsus.org/hsi/about_us/contact_us/#Q_What_is_being_done_about_the_dog_and_c

Be sure to read about our important work in China in 2008:

http://www.hsus.org/hsi/about_us/offices_and_staff/hsi_asia/hsi_china_2008.html

Thank you again for contacting us. We appreciate your concerns.

Kind regards,

Humane Society International

2100 L Street, NW | Washington, DC 20037 | USA

Tel: +1 (301) 258-3010 | Fax: +1 (301) 258-3082 | info@hsi.org

http://www.hsi.org

http://www.hsi.org/join

http://www.hsi.org/takeaction

Celebrating Animals, Confronting Cruelty Worldwide

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I have NOT GIVEN UP on this project, and intend to continue to seek ways to make a difference for those cats.