|Unwanted cats in India. Photo in public domain.|
Some Indians eat cat meat. I mean the domestic cat and wild cats. I am guessing, but I bet the dometic cat is easier to catch. The people concerned are the Irulas and Boers of in the area of Krishnagiri, Tamil Nadu, India. Please see the map:
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I thought India was a country that was becoming increasingly westernized and modernized, yet in the hilly regions of this area of India they do something that we in the west find repulsive.
Before I go on I'd like to make one thing absolutely clear. I have been to India. I like the country and the people and I respect them. I am just reporting what I read and see. I am not preaching or talking down to people. I have made similar posts about Australia and USA, for example. It would seem to me that if an Indian person is upset it is because he or she has a problem with this.
Why is killing the domestic cat and eating it by these people so very wrong? These are my reasons:
As I understand it, this small group of Indians eat cat meat because they think that it has medicinal properties. They specifically believe that the blood helps to alleviate pain and is an energising tonic. Sorry guys but that is just plain ignorance and based on some ancient, tribal custom harking back to the dark ages. This mentality is similar to the Chinese who think Rhino horn improves a man's sexual performance - idiotic. I can just see some tribal elder proclaiming oh so wisely to the youngsters how cat blood is so good for your virility - complete nonsense obviously. Sorry to be outspoken but needs must. I owe it to the cats.
Secondly, we agreed (through our actions) with the cat that we (mankind) would be her keeper when she domesticated herself some 9000 years ago. Obviously some people miss this point. The domestic cat is our companion. We agree that. We don't kill and eat our companions. Well, some humans do come to think of it.
Thirdly, the way they kill the cat is brutal and causes pain and suffering. They slit the throat. Then boil the cat and then cook the cat. This is uncivilized. Get civilized, please.
As a world we have so very far to go before we can begin to think of ourselves as civilized. So often I see that toxic mix of human characteristics, ignorance and arrogance, manifest itself in mankind's cruel behavior.
Finally don't misinterpret me. I am not a misanthrope. I like humans and animals. I just profoundly dislike ignorance and animal cruelty.
Update 9th November 2008: this is probably a crime under the Indian The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1960. Why isn't something being done about it? Perhaps it is a lack of education or plain superstition or simply a lack of will on behalf of the authorities.
Update 29th December 2008: I am just saying that a very small number of people in India apparently eat cat meat. This is not an attack on the Indian people as the vulgar person who made a comment thinks. Please disprove that this happens. Make a comment, certainly but keep it polite please and sensible with a decent argument.
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