This is a dire situation and it highlights the struggle between animal rescue organizations in China, which appear to be proliferating thankfully, and the authorities. This is a consignment of around 800 cats, as I understand it, which have been very recently rescued from a truck bound for the cat meat market by No To Dog Meat. The police won’t release the cats so they can be cared for. They are in cramped cages and dying. Kittens are being born. The police have referred the matter to the Ministry of Agriculture. By they time they get organised it will be too late.
If the video below does not show because the FB code fails to function, this link should take you to it on FB, I hope (it is very short and not that distressing):
Heartbreaking news as we wait on the fate of the cats rescued by our team and Chinese activists less than 24 hours ago. The police have taken the decision to refer this matter to the Ministry of Agriculture and will not release the little ones. We are fighting to get documentation to prove these are pets and that the feral deserve a chance. Rescues do not always have a happy ending but we will not give up. Dozen have died today. Sophie said : "I held babies being born falling from the cates and we unloaded them. Mothers still trapped inside. We had no milk warmth. Hell on earth please pray." Official news on out twitter. International voice is now our only hope. Most activists have to work tomorrow so can't come to site. SHARE!!! #rescue425 . CATS ARE STILL IN THESE CRATES. They will not let us and the local activists in any more .
Posted by No To Dog Meat on Sunday, April 26, 2015
No To Dog Meat was founded by Julia de Cadenet. They have a strong Facebook presence.
It is heartbreaking story. It is not a surprising story though. I have visited China, albeit more than 30 years ago and it is very bureaucratic. The air is heavily polluted in parts of the country.
The internet has raised awareness to the dog and cat meat trade. There are no animal welfare laws in China the last time I checked. To be honest I don’t know on what grounds this rescue organization have the right to seize this shipment of cats. From a moral and common sense standpoint they have all the rights in the world but from a private enterprise standpoint in China, these cats are just free livestock being harvested. I don’t understand what the attitude of the authorities is to these heroic people working on the front line in animal rescue in China and on what basis they make decisions.