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  1. At last somewhere to get your pussy from :w00t:

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/wor...rs-feed-Cantonese-taste-for-pet-delicacy.html

    Cat-nappers feed Cantonese taste for pet delicacy


    In Nanjing's north-western suburb of Pukuo, a hut stands in a field of rubbish.

    The only clue to what goes on there is the pile of empty wooden crates at the back and the steel bars over the windows. Inside, there are crates full of cats, waiting to be shipped to the southern province of Guangdong, where they will feed a growing curiosity about the taste of cat meat.

    At the back of the shack, a man sitting on a makeshift bed was warming himself next to a charcoal brazier.

    "We collect 40 to 50 cats a day here," he said. "We ship them out when we have 100."

    "We make around eight mao (8p) on each cat, after our costs. We buy them for 10 renminbi (£1) and sell them for not much more."

    Each night, a train loaded with thousands of cats in crates heads south from a freight depot in Nanjing.

    Chen Shi, 20, a mechanic working in a neighbouring shop, said the depot had been in operation for three or four years. "The cats scream all night," he said. "Residents called the police but there's nothing illegal about it, so they couldn't do anything."

    The fondness for eating dogs in northern China is well known, but cats are also prized in the country's south. One of the most famous Cantonese dishes is "Tiger and Dragon locked in Battle", in which the flavours of cat and snake vie for attention.

    The Cantonese appetite has already made cats scarce and expensive in Guangdong itself, forcing restaurants to look elsewhere for a steady supply. Nanjing, with its excellent transport links and central position in China, has emerged as the hub of cat trading.

    "There has definitely been an increase. There are far fewer cats around," said Chen Nanyan, 27, an activist with the Ping-An-A-Fu animal shelter.

    "Because of the bad economy, more and more people have turned to cat-snatching. You don't need to be skilled – you just bait a box with some meat and wait.

    "It happens all over Nanjing. There is nothing illegal about taking cats. If you try and call the police, they will not help you. You can take cats with collars without any problems."

    She and other volunteers carry out raids on the cat markets, smashing boxes and liberating the animals when they can.

    Ha Wenjing, Nanjing's leading animal rights activist, said the fascination with cat meat was down to its reputed, but vague, medicinal value.

    "Actually the meat is not so delicious. And the chefs cook it for fun, to try to see if they can make it taste nice," she said. "Curiosity killed the cat, as it were.

    "The thing I am worried about is if the government catches on and turns this into an industry in order to make money. That is what happened with dog meat, and now you can find dog farms
     
  2. Ooooo noooooooooooooooo!

    It's rather ironic that the cats make a profit of 8 mao however, as Mao means cat (remember Chairman Cat?).

    Personally I think the RN needs to link up with the Cats Protection League and raid the cat-harvesters dens of iniquity. The old Naval Brigades would thus land again on Chinese soil for daring raids to liberate distressed pussies in need of TLC. I'm sure the matelots would just love to have a few days when they didn't need to thrice daily dhobey their special socks.
     
  3. The ship's cat of HMS Caledonia is missing too :( I hope this is not related.
    But if you see her, let the MoD-plod on the main gate know, they are frantically worried about her. :p
     
  4. I'll keep a lookout for a feline with a sailor's lid on, a Caledonia cap tally and a naval money belt round its middle.

    Picture of said, cutey pussy (middle) below. I'd love to stroke her! :w00t:

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  5. I remember there were stories of cat being used here, as a substitute for rabbit, in the great myxomatosis scare. Davy Crockett hats were rather popular at the time, I recall.
     
  6. They had their uses on a long patrol :thumright:
     

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