Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Cats Saved from Menu (Odd News)


Chinese cat lovers mobilized online to save a truck load of cats from the cooking pot, a newspaper reported Tuesday.

Veteran Shanghai cat rescuer Duo Zirong started off her mission of deliverance on Friday when she called police to stop a truck stuffed with some 800 live cats, the China Daily said.

The standoff happened at a parking lot in a southern suburb of Shanghai. It continued for hours while cat lovers spread word of the incident online, eventually raising $1,320 in donations to buy the whole load.

They now hope to place them in homes after posting their pictures and profiles on the Internet.
"They were so frightened," it quoted one of the rescuers, Huo Puyang, as saying.

[...] Cat meat is considered a delicacy in southern China and cats are sold live to markets where they are slaughtered fresh for customers.

Hmm... That's about a buck and a half a cat. It certainly explains why the egg rolls at UT are so cheap.

Question... If a restaurant that serves beef is a steakhouse, then is a restaurant that serves felines a cathouse?