Some Chinese are killing and eating cats in the many thousands, perhaps killing in the tens of thousands. The killing of cats has escalated pre-Olympics as a "clean up". There are an estimated 500,000 cats in and around Beijing. When I went to Beijing in the late 1970s it was highly polluted, with a high rate of throat cancer. There has not been much change over the years it seems, but now the government is forcing factories that pollute to shut down or relocate.
The worst measures are the trapping and slaughtering of domestic cats. The government has promoted the idea that cats spread disease. Some Chinese believe this and abandon their pet cats. They then get picked up, crammed into crates and sent for slaughter. Either that or sent to the infamous district of Guangzhou in southern China, where they market cats as fresh food, boil them, skin them alive and do any manner of brutally cruel things as they believe that animals are no more sentient than vegetables. Wrong and ignorant behavior.
Apparently, the Chinese people involved in this culling, killing call it what you like, don't even have the morality and decency to apply a lethal injection. The cats just starve or die of disease in cramped cages.
I hate this type of behavior. It makes me feel sick. I have to forget about it as it hurts too much.
Total shame on the Chinese involved. I would love to see some athletes boycott these games, tough though that decision would be. I can't see a country boycotting the games - just too political.
One last point many millions of cats are deliberately killed each year in north America as there is an over population of feral cats and abandoned cats. Not much different just less visible but at least killing is under controlled conditions and painless. I am sure many thousands suffer the same fate in the UK too. The Chinese killing and eating cats is not the only cruelty perpetrated on cats but it is probably the worst and certainly the most infamous.
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