Chinese police prevent 500 cats from being served as meals
An undated file image shows a cat backlit by the evening sun in a park in Beijing, China. EPA/HOW HWEE YOUNG
Beijing, Jun 12 (efe-epa).- Chinese police prevented some 500 cats that were either stolen or captured from the streets from getting cooked by restaurants and served to clients as a part of the menu, local media reported Monday.
According to "Wwangyi" news portal, over the weekend authorities detained a man from the eastern province of Jiangsu who was planning to sell the cats to establishments in other regions.
The police caught the man transporting the animals and he seemed to have been involved in the business for some time.
Using a bird as a bait, the man allegedly captured cats on the streets or stole those owned as pets, selling them for a price of 30 Yuan ($4).
Despite common misconceptions, eating cats or dogs is not very usual in China.
It is, however, a traditional dish in certain areas in the country.
An annual dog meat festival used to be held in the southern city of Yulin in which thousands of dogs would be killed.
Most of the animals were stolen pets or street dogs with dubious hygiene from different parts of the country, according to the nonprofit Humane Society International.
The festival was banned from serving dog meat this year after intense pressure from both inside and outside the country.