Wednesday 3 September 2008

Cat rescue in China

Cat rescue in China is actually happening and it is the Chinese who are doing the rescuing. For me it is astonishing to read about feral cat rescue in China, the country where feral cats are rounded up, caged and beaten to death before being eaten.

Yet there is a report in the China Daily newspaper of a group of "animal lovers" (as the China Daily calls them - I'd prefer "moral people") from the Shanghai Animal Protection Association rescued 800 feral cats that were about to be shipped to Guangdong Province the place where they eat cats from dealers in Jiaxing, Zhejiang Province. About 1,500 cats were being shipped and 800 released (the numbers may have been bigger). Great work, but it is so hard for the people of the Shanghai Animal Protection Association and the cats. Where did they go after being released? Will they survive and will they be recaptured? After all there are no animal protection laws in China so the police could do nothing really.

The really great thing is that this is happening and reported. It is the beginning, I hope, but there is a long way to go. The next significant step is for the Chinese government to create some effective law to prevent animal cruelty and control the monster, that crime against animal rights and conservation, ancient Chinese medicine.

A more recent report talks of an 80 year old lady named Lu Di. She apparently directs many of the rescue efforts. Fantastic, I praise and comment this brave lady. She used to work for Mao Tse-tung the former leader, reading to him when his eyesight failed.

And there is a protest, activist animal welfare group called The Small Animal Protection Association. I am sure there are some more. They are all doing great work. Cat rescue in China is happening. The Chinese government should sit up and listen, enact some decent animal protection laws and create an efficient enforcement agency (not the police). They have the money. Wildcats need as much protection as well.

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