The animal lovers of China have come to the rescue again. Rescuing stolen cats from the back of lorries in China, which are destined to be brutally killed for their fur or their flesh is often in the hands of ordinary animal lovers who appear to be enforcing the law on behalf of the police.
There also appears to be a growing number of animal lovers in China who are policing the trade in cats and dogs used in the fur and cat/dog meat markets.
The most recent example involves another large consignment of 1000 stolen cats which were tracked down to a “den” in a village, which I understand is near Dalian City.
The cats were both wild and domestic we are told. That is interesting because often the cats are feral, stray or domestic. The fur is used on clothing accessories such as gloves. The meat is eaten by the Chinese to cure arthritis.
I am not sure that the report is correct because it would be financially impractical to trap wild cats in my opinion (unless their value is very high) but perhaps they had been imported from neighbouring Burma. If it is true that wild cats are being trapped and shipped to fur and meat markets in the south it may be a new development and another way people are decimating wild cat species numbers in Asia.
It appears that the animal activists tipped off the police after noticing the criminals trawling through Dalian City for cats every night. The report is sketchy but there appears to be a group of animal rights warriors who work in a coordinated manner using online social media to communicate.
Six criminals from other provinces were involved. Of the more than 1,000 cats rescued, 300 have been reunited with their owner/caretakers.
I don’t know what sort of impact rescuing such a large number of cats has on the overall cat meat/fur business. I suspect that the trade in cats is so large that this impressive piece of detective work and rescue has little impact.
China is the center of the cat and dog fur trade. Hundreds of millions of dollars is involved and overall the global fur trade is estimated to be worth $10 billion ($10,000,000,000). Forty million animals are killed annually for their fur. It is a shocking state of affairs.
Source Sky News.