Shanghaiist reader luckytaikonaut (probably not his or her real name), aware of our affinity for furry friends, sent in this report about a group of protesters, reportedly including Miss Shenzhen 2005, who effectively forced the city’s Fangji Cat Meatball restaurant to shut down:
The 40 or so, mainly female demonstrators — holding banners reading “cats and dogs are friends of human beings” — entered the Fangji Cat Meatball restaurant and demanded the owner free any live cats on the premises, Xinhua said.
There were none in the building as the owner had already moved them out, it said. But some burst into tears upon finding a skinned cat in a fridge.
“I cannot go on with my business and I will not sell cat meat any more,” the restaurant owner was quoted as saying, though he defended his trade by saying eating cat in Guangdong province was a tradition.
Hmmmm. No more cat meat? You may want to think about changing your restaurant’s name. We would suggest simply changing the “C” to an “R” … but we doubt the sign is in English anyway. The story continues:
The organiser of the protest, identified only as Isobel, the founder of a cat protection website, said the restaurant had been chosen because it killed cats in the street and it was “very bad for the students from nearby schools”.
A local beauty queen, Miss Shenzhen 2005, also took part, calling on people to “stop eating cats and dogs and become civilised”, Xinhua said.
Hear hear. Miss Shenzhen 2006 could not be reached for comment. Nor could Pam Anderson, who may be out of a job as PETA’s Mainland China spokesmodel if Shenzhen beauty queens keep showing up at animal rights protests.
Photo from the Daily Times of Pakistan. The woman on the left may or may not be the Miss Shenzhen mentioned in the story.