This is horror and I am sorry, really sorry for presenting this gut wrenching photograph but I feel compelled to. The story needs to be told again and again if necessary. This picture struck me between the eyes. It reminds us of the stunning insensitivity towards animals by some people in Asia. It makes me want to scream. The look on the cat’s face. Haunting.
Street cats are ‘bagged’ up in what appears to be meshed bags. The indication is that they are about to be drowned in preparation for being cooked for local restaurants. I believe the country is Vietnam. In fact I believe the photo was taken in the Bình Tân District of Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) where there are a large population of migrant workers. In Vietnam cat meat is regularly on the menu at restaurants as is dog meat. For the businesses concerned the cats are a free supply of meat. All they have to do is round them up, bag ’em up, drown and cook them.
To people who say it is no different to killing livestock in abattoirs, you are a mile off the mark. These are often people’s pets and they are killed brutally not under controlled, regulated conditions. The differences in animal welfare laws on the planet are also shocking. This photo was taken on the street. In the US the people who do this would be arrested on the spot or I hope so. But in Vietnam no one turns their head.
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