JIASHAN, China, April 28, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- This weekend, Chinese activists rescued 800 cats bound for slaughter in Southern China. Among the team is Sophie Ling, who is a volunteer outreach coordinator for the animal welfare group "World Protection for the Dogs and Cats in the Meat Trade"-which includes its umbrella organization NoToDogMeat.
Sophie and the brave team of Chinese activists, mostly female volunteers from the NoToDogMeat team, raided a warehouse where former pets and strays were being stockpiled. Armed with only their voice- a powerful weapon- these women staked out the warehouse and then blocked the trucks.
Without this release and countless negotiations provided by Ms. Ling and the rest of the team, these cats, many of who were pregnant or in labor at the time of rescue, would have been left without food and water in the boiling heat and certainly perished.
Although the world is now waking up to the horrific realities of the dog meat trade, cats are often overlooked. In fact, cats or "little tigers" are a delicacy particularly favored in the Guangzhou province, close to Hong Kong as well as in Vietnam. Unfortunately, this makes the sale of cats for food a lucrative business. Traders rent warehouses in the countryside and stockpile stolen pets and feral cats. Once a week, they load huge trucks and travel 935 miles from Shanghai to Guangdong by night.
Although activists are able to raid illegal warehouses and stop traders from moving their trucks, the current situation in China requires careful negotiation with the police to ensure the cats - often former pets as well as strays - can be released from the cages where they are packed tightly inside.
Even on successful missions like this, many activists are desperately underfunded and face limitations in providing the best care to all the animals.
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