Following a road accident in Changsha, capital of southern China’s Hunan Province, a truck was found to be carrying dozens of boxes literally stuffed with living cats. Quickly after news broke of the discovery of cat cargo, a large group of animal rights activists flocked to the scene to “save” the animals.
It has been estimated there were approximately 1,000 cats held in about 50 boxes.
The driver of the crashed truck is claimed to have told the animal activists: ”You guys have no rights to touch my cargo” and “if you let go the cats I’ll have to cover all the compensations to the cargo owner.”
Even though the driver was unable to produce the correct documentation for the cats he was transporting, the volunteers were not allowed by police to release and take away the animals.
Animal rights activists claim that the cats had been captured illegally and were on their way to being slaughtered for consumption in the city of Guangdong, where they were to be used in a popular dish known as Fight of Dragon and Tiger, along with snake meat.
As well as the latest food scandal in the UK, in which horse meat has been found in ‘beef’ burgers, this really highlights the difficulty we have in trusting how our food is produced, if it is produced ethically, or even if what we are eating really is what we think it is!