Tragedy Cat Food


Pictured is Nanjing station, where boxes upon boxes of cats fill the station, and the air is ceaselessly pierced by their wailing. There are some 1,400 in this shipment alone, and three shipments are due the same day for a total of 5,000 cats.

The cats are going to China’s culinary capital (of sorts), Guangzhou, where an unparalleled variety of animals are eaten.

They are destined to become what is prosaically called “活猫水煮” / “Boiled alive cat”, a dish made by hitting the cat on the head to quieten it, and then throwing it in a pot of boiling water whilst it still lives:


Guangzhou is said to consume 10,000 cats a day, so it looks as if the cats pictured above aren’t likely to last their culinary needs long.

A cat catcher can apparently gather 20 of the beasts a night, for 10 yuan a head ($15), potentially a lucrative trade. It is not clear just what proportion of these cats are actually stray…

The Chinese government, aware that such refined culinary practices might attract censure from barbarian nations during the Olympics, joined citizen groups in suppressing the trade in cats and dogs during the Olympics, but once the games ended so did any need for a ban.

Much of China does not seem to share the love of cats (except in a limited culinary sense) which obsesses Japan and much of the rest of the world.

There are signs that this is changing; some Chinese net users are outraged at the practice, especially the younger generations, though it does not seem they are making much headway.

Via Heaven.

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    Comment by Kyo
    22:26 24/04/2009 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Hello Kitty!

    .....Goodbye Kitty!

    Comment by punane
    02:54 24/03/2009 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    "oh no poor cats" ..NOT
    i mean seriously, we eat chickens, cows and so on...
    why not a cat?
    i wouldn't eat it, but i don't mind others eating it.
    cooking them alive is sadistic, but it's not something new. As others have stated; The lobster is cooked alive, and so are some other animals.
    The ones saying that it's digusting probably have a cat as a pet..and can't imagine people eating them.
    (wich is a stupid but understandable reasoning)

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:24 14/05/2016 # ! Neutral (0)

    Fuck off faggot

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:06 23/03/2009 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    well, maybe i shouldn't say this but then.....

    yesterday I found a kitten that was about 2 weeks old and i ate it alive right there and then with the mother next to it, and then i punched a crippled kid eating veal because eating baby cows are disgusting.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:40 03/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    where is Oscar Schindler where you need him?

    Comment by Dubby
    09:22 14/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I saw this when I was 9 years old.

    I was traumatized by the show. It was not the fact they ate them that traumatized me, but the chef on the show I saw failed to completely knock the animals out and simply dunked them into the boiling water alive and conscious. I still remember the screaming and mewling of the little kittens and their frantic attempts to climb out of the boiling water as sharp as a razor blade in my mind. I will never be able to forget this.

    I am now grown up. If I could sue them or the broadcasting station for not providing ample warning to children or simply showing something so vile to pet owners, I would.


    Comment by Skydog
    23:53 24/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    At least we all know where to drop a few atomic bombs on our way to wa. Thx for the notice, Sankaku.

    Comment by Riyo
    01:10 25/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    If the world was vegan, there would be no such cruelty. So do something for it, if you hate pictures like that, no matter if it's kitteh, cow, pig, dog, bunny or fish or whatever.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:43 11/07/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Vegan is no better. Plants are alive as well as animals. You just pride yourself because you eat something that can't run away or scream when you cut it up alive on your counter. You should be just as discusted at yourself.

    People should be able to eat pretty much what they want to, as long as the method to it doesn't involve cruelty.

    ...although I'd probably draw the line at cannibalism... that's just icky =oP

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    Comment by Necromas
    00:10 25/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I like how most of the replies here just assume that anyone who comments against this practice doesn’t care about the treatment of other livestock animals.

    Comment by Herb
    17:59 16/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    I think people are making a big deal out of it because they think cat should be eaten, simply because it's such an cute animal...while it's ok to eat other animal that are 'not cute'.

    It is like a cute girl get raped and murdered, and people would be outraged and making a big fuss over it...but if a butt ugly girl get raped and murdered, people (especially guys) wouldn't care as much (since she's not cute) and probably would already forgotten about it the following day.

    The logic is the same here. Animals are animals...they should be treated the equally...but they ain't, just like humans should be equal, yet girl that are good looking or cute will ALWAYS be treated better by others than girls that are ugly.

    Think about all make sense. I guess it's just the way human think psychologically...

    Comment by Herb
    18:00 16/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    typo in the first sentence, was mean to type they think cat "shouldn't" be eaten

    Comment by chinesechang
    09:02 19/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    hey, think lobsters. Either you lop off their tail while their alive, or you boil em alive. They are alive by the way, just because they technically are insects does not mean they don't feel pain, i.e Charlotte from charlotte's web.

    Comment by DuoMaxwell
    22:05 19/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)***ing...god...

    ::shakes head in disgust::

    So...disgusted, can't...make...joke...of it...

    ::pukes in disgust::

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:09 16/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    man China is awesome!!!

    Comment by Prthivi
    16:02 24/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    (Begin of Rant)
    In my country, cow, chicken, duck, water buffalo, duck, frog, goat, pig, fish, eel, shrimp, crab, etc (too many >.radical anime fan
    Yes, I think it is a custom when they are poor. Maybe this custom will decrease in the future. ( but I don't think there will be no people eating cat in China )

    Imagine if this increases extremely, cats may become rare. Food chain is ruined. Owl and snake cannot live in the city, rats may run rampage. People must eat rats in large quantity to compensate that. Cannot afford to poison rat because cat eat it ^_^ LOL

    Like pokrec said it is not efficient to produce meat from meat. And It is also not efficient to produce meat from plant. The efficiency is below 10%. A cow eat tons of grass while the land could be use for produce another food for human. Potato and cereal are cheaper. Except from producing milk, raising cow for only meat is excessive. Same for chicken. We should all eat mostly from plant. This will make the world produce more food, thus people in hunger will be reduced.

    I agree with comment "cuteness should never be a standard for killing or not" and the others. All animal are equal. Human shouldn't kill animal. They can feel pain. At least don't kill animal for nothing. If you must kill animal for food make sure the animal feel minimal pain. It's ethic. We must thank them for the meat. The animal should not about to become extinct too.

    Boiled alive is cruel.

    I don't think meat from animal who die in fear or pain or stress is healthy. Just think of what hormones could be released by animal glands when they are in fear, pain or stress. I don't know what they are, but shouldn't we watch out of the unwanted effect?
    (End of Rant)

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:21 03/03/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    well. if we can move away from fingerpointing concerning cultural insensitivty and the hipocricy of of killing one animal for food over another, can it be said all around that "dispatching" animals in cruel and unsual ways should be comdemned. At the very least this is my standpoint, and what I beleive to be the underlying issue here.

    as far as eating plants, the sad fact is that "eating" in this world entails consuming things that were at least at some point living (the only exceptions that leap mind currently are salt, which can hardly sustain a person, and cheese, and that's only if the cheese is animal rennet/enzyme free.) I suppose ideally the plants we eat would be of the self-regenerating variety. On a very basic level, I take comfort that at least I'm eating outside of my own "Kingdom." (yes, I'm a vegetarian, does that give me some immunity in these proceedings? :D)

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:19 05/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    los matare malditos ...... namas los encuentro y llovera sangre por ese pecado tan cruel

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:24 11/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Can such a cruel thing actually be possible?
    I feel so sorry for 'em...

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    Comment by Hong Xiang Yue
    10:50 16/05/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Agreed with you "sniff"

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    Comment by Hong Xiang Yue
    19:39 04/05/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    GOD! NOT CATS! "Cries"

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:58 15/03/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    $15 a cat? Damn I'm in the wrong business.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:56 24/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    torturing them adds all kinds of flavors to the meat...
    now if they would just torture and eat each other til only one was left to die of kuru...

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:08 18/04/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    How does torturing them add any flavor? That doesn't even make sense...

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    Comment by virtue
    13:47 26/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    chinese tradition sucks

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    Comment by Hong Xiang Yue
    10:54 16/05/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Agreed with you。

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:47 28/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    aside from the boiled alive part and the terrible conditions i see nothing wrong with eating cats, it better than eating an endangered species.

    still if its someones pet, idc if its a chicken cow or cockroach its not food.

    equally idc if its a species of chicken or cow, dont eat endangered species, like whales and certain birds, tigers and whales(japan) and monkeys.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:36 28/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    This makes me want to vomit.

    Comment by some dude you’ll all hate
    23:40 23/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Might it be noted that from a culinary standpoint (and yes, I am cantonese, so I have eaten everything under the sun, including this--more on that in a moment) but that not killing something before cooking it by applying heat will prevent the muscles from contracting leading to tougher meat, and thus a decrease in quality?

    I have seen numerous animals killed and then prepped for my dinner in my worldwide travels . I have seen the members of my ancestral village skinning a cat, i have seen my southern american relatives throwing live crawfish into a pot, and i have seen french folks (not related) stuffing geese with corn for the production of foie gras (though i had to wait several months before those actual geese were ready).

    It should actually be pointed out that it is far more humane to provide the cat with an albeit crude, yet very effective and technically free (aside from the cost of a pan) form of anaesthesia. Continuing from a culinary standpoint, it's actually better that they knock the cat out since the pain of being boiled alive and conscious would cause the muscles to contract even more than if the neck were sliced open and the blood drained, no matter how fast.

    By the way, as I mentioned earlier, I have had this dish. It's good, most people I know would agree, not knowing the source of the meat, obviously. I have eaten the stomach of a pig, the feet of a chicken, the face and lips of a donkey in a real american hot dog, chitlins (which cannot be described any better), and as of tonight, whale and real shark's fin.

    It's not even a matter of domestication because animals are treated like pets for the most part up until being consumed as I found while staying in my village for several months.

    I think also if noted the scale of cat hunting and farming is due to the population.....remember, this is china. There are 1.3 billion people there. Even holding it to Guangzhou, which according to Wikipedia is now 8.5 million in the metropolitan area, excluding the even-more-discerning Hong Kongers who visit as well as the other Chinese who visit daily.

    Continuing, might it also be mentioned--especially about the cat skinning I noted above--that not all 1 0000 cats are destined for this specific dish? It also has to do with relative prices of other meats such as beef and pork which are quite expensive compared to a small- or medium-sized cat. And for those suggesting they eat chicken, what American, aside from chicken farmers possibly, eats only chicken as their meat source day in and day out? China may still be mainly agrarian, but its cities are filled with people as-, or definitely in the case of Shanghai, more-materialistic than most Americans? Said people with their large incomes want a varied diet, that's why they decided to go into profitable fields.

    Anyways, that's my very large two cents which should meet head on most of the complaints.

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    Comment by soup
    00:13 24/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0) >_>..

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:01 13/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    look i just find this saddening thats it. not yelling at their culture im aware of how other animals are treated. its all sad. i know they need it for food . its still sad. Thats just it. Its just sad to some....

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    Comment by DieHardjagged
    02:18 13/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Wow.. they will fucking eat anything..

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    Comment by Buttkiller
    20:56 12/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I hear it tastes like goat.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:00 11/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Someone get me a club i have the urge to hunt, and it's not cat flesh i am hunting. Btw Hannibal Lecter is my favourite film. Im surprised Peta hasn't got wind of this though.

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    Comment by Azure Xuchilbara
    13:48 22/06/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Wherever you go, animals are eaten...It's not an issue

    of what animal it is...It's an issue of them dying a

    quick death or a slow one...

    And because in all my years as a gurofiend, I can

    honestly say that boiling isway slower and more

    painful than throat slitting and electrocution...

    I've seen the animal cruelty videos...I pity them...

    And I fap to them...

    Poor cats...*fap fap fap*

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:29 04/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    but cats are good pets :(
    you can't keep a cow or pig in your house

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:41 22/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    LOL! before bagging china
    you dipshits need to learn how to spell.
    its guangdong not guandong
    someone need to change the tag

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    22:00 14/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    So why boil them alive? Does it add more flavor or something?

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:59 23/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    My heart hurt. Poor Kitties.

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    Comment by Anonymous
    13:40 13/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    It wouldn't be so awful if they didn't boil them Alive. Having animals killed for meat is obviously necessary, but to do it so cruelly makes me a tad sad.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:06 15/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    watch this []
    to see how some animals are treated before they were eaten

    Comment by Kev
    02:14 16/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    Very informative, much appreciated.

    I would would definitely suggest everyone to give this a watch, force yourselves if you have to, because ignorance is a sin.

    Comment by Henshinkamen
    16:31 14/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    Call the national geographic I'm sure they can make something from it.

    Personally i wouldn't say that this is horrible, it's just a taboo in some culture. The only concern that i have is probably the way they kill the cat. If the cat suffers before being killed, then that's wrong.

    Can anyone tell me why do they eat cats? what will they do to your body?
    plz someone tell me cuz i don't get the logic

    Comment by rayga
    16:39 14/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    Rule of the world!

    If we can get money from it why not doing it.

    Comment by Aegis.H
    15:58 14/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    These are REAL Nanjing Station...

    Almost Guangzhou people eat cats. But in fact , some chinese eat cats, dogs, snakes and etc...

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    Comment by Artefact

    Check the Chinese source linked to in the source article for details. Also, you forgot rats...

    Comment by 4giv3m3
    17:42 14/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    And babies... (it's only a rumor)

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:57 26/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    humans are animal too. babies/placentas are meat too. bloody stupid hipocrite

    Comment by radical anime fan
    03:07 15/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    Placenta(sp?) is the real deal though. Some people think it might improve health.

    Of course, it goes unquestioned because no one ever bothered to actually check. :/

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:53 14/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    that's one way to deal with over-population of a animal.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:54 15/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well they are overpopulating Hawaii...

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