The distressing practices at Chinese markets for dog and cat meat have been graphically revealed in a shocking report aired on a local television.
It shows Chinese street traders selling fresh canine and feline meat who explained to the viewers that the animals they trade are “humanely” drowned by being tied up in a bag and thrown in a nearby river. The traders said that customers had complained about seeing the animals being killed in front of them, so they started drowning the animals to avoid “distressing customers”, the traders explained.
Live dogs and cats are seen kept in cages by the roadside, so that customers walking by can select the animal they want. They then have the option of either taking it home alive or paying to have it killed, skinned and cooked on site. Trader Ming She said:
We want to prove our customers that what we sell is fresh unlike some of the shops in town, but with no facilities to kill what we sell out of view, the best and most humane thing to do is to throw them in the water.
The trader said that the animals died quickly in the bags and added that “it is a painless death, which nobody complains about”. (Scroll down for the video.)
1. Dogs and cats are kept in cages in order for customers to pick the animal they want, after which it is ‘humanely’ drowned by being shoved in a bag and thrown in a nearby river.
2. The cat, as in this picture, is then skinned, butchered and cooked in front of the customer.
3. Not bothering to walk to the river, this street vendor prepares to drown the cat in a bucket for a customer.
4. The vendor then takes the dead cat to prepare in for cooking, all by the side of the road.
After being drowned, the animal is skinned and can be butchered and even cooked fresh on the spot and eaten straightaway.
Following the TV report, Foshan city council made an announcement that it planned to crack down on the market, because the meat could be “unhealthy”. Council spokesman Guang Kang added:
It may seem as if the meat is fresh because it is alive, but the source of these animals is unknown and many of them could be diseased or unhealthy for other reasons and we would advise people to stay away from them.
He said that inspectors would be visiting the market and shutting down the illegal traders who were damaging the reputation of the city.
5. The vendor cooks the cat on an open fire in front of the waiting customers.
6. The local council says they will investigate the illegal meat market on the banks of the Xi River in Foshan city in southeast China’s Guangdong province.
7. A female vendor prepares to cook two dogs, hanging by their necks from a nearby tree.
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Source: The Daily Mail.
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