Animal activists had a minor victory last week when they saved more than 1,000 kittens from a meat-processing plant in Wuxi, Jiangsu province. This victory was followed by a slight step backwards, however, when local authorities took the thousand rescued cats—some as young as four months old—and dumped them into a nearby forest, because it was easier than dealing with them.
Activists have been scouring the hills of Wuxi in search for the unloaded cats, as AFP reports:
More than 50 have been retrieved in the last week.
“Some of the cats are hungry, and haven’t eaten, while others have been run over by cars,” [an activist] said.
The state-run Beijing Youth Daily said Sunday that authorities seized the cats because the lorry owner did not have the correct documents, but decided to release the animals into the wild as there was no source of funds to have them put down. […]
“We didn’t want to release them, our volunteers had places to keep them. It’s definitely irresponsible,” [an activist said].
To recap: a truck full of cats en route to slaughter is stopped and the animals are saved (good!), the local government decides to kill all of them anyways (bad), but then can’t afford it (worse), so they just say “Fuck it” and shove them off into the mountains (nailed it).
Not to rain on the animal activists’ parade, but “more than 50” rescued in one week doesn’t bode well for the other (less than) 950 cats that are still braving the elements.
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