Truck crash sees 600 cats escape cooking pot in central China
BEIJING (AFP) - Around 600 cats stuffed into wooden crates and destined for dinner plates in southern China were rescued by animal protection volunteers after a truck crash, a volunteer said today.
Volunteers hauled the felines from the lorry on Monday after the accident in the central city of Changsha, said Xu Chenxin of the Changsha Small Animal Protection Association. About another 100 were already dead.
Pictures of the rescue, showing volunteers unloading the crates late at night, were widely shared on Chinese social media sites.
Many of the cats, which were white and plump, had escaped or died after being left out in the cold for more than 24 hours. The cats were "clearly" due to be served as food in southern China, Xu said.