Activists in Wuhan on January 14 blocked off a truck carrying more than 2,800 cats that were headed to Nanning, Guangxi, reportedly to be sold to restaurants for their meat. Traffic police intercepted and ordered further investigation of the driver, surnamed Liu, who had a fake quarantine license for the cats.
The protestors blocked off the truck all night before 30 more activists rushed to the scene as reinforcements on January 15. Until 6 p.m., volunteers and the owner of the truck were still in a stage of stalemate. A spokesperson for the Animal Protection Association Center in Wuhan said that there was no way to take in all of the 2,800 cats but that they should be rescued and properly placed.
Jiangxia district animal quarantine authorities so far have put this batch of cats on withholding, Jiangxia district animal health supervision director Ren said.
At the end of last November, some 600 cats were saved in Shanghai’s Putuo district after a man attempted to transport them in small crates from his truck and sell them for fur and meat.
In that case, the cats were taken by various volunteers and adoption centers or released into cat-friendly compounds.
By Isabel Quan