Feline Death Camps (updated with more pics as the story continues to break)

Posted by Cecil the Cougar: at 12:01 AM

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

I am OUTRAGED. I have found several articles today that are reporting on what is happening to cats in China right now. They are being sent to Feline Death Camps due to the government using scare tactics. According to the Associated Newspapers, LTD, the Chinese government has been telling its citizens that cats are responsible for giving people SARS which is a respiratory disease that can be fatal. They are using this scare tactic by telling people they must put their cats outside to be picked up for special collection teams or their families might contract the deadly disease. Pregnant women are told by their doctors that they must "get rid of" the cat because "it will be bad for the baby."

Not only that, but two school teachers recently beat six stray cats to death with sticks when the cats showed up looking for food at the school play yard. They say, "We did it out of love for the children. We were worried the cats might harm them." The way they killed the cats was to lay out tuna as bait for the very hungry cats (two of which were pregnant females) inside of a cage. Then when the cats entered the cage, they beat them to death with sticks. The teachers say, "We were very worried the children might try to stroke them and that the cats might scratch them or pass on diseases. We had to get rid of the cats and this was the only way to do it." The. Only. Way. My. Butthole. I am sorry if that was vulgar, but this makes me very very angry.

This is not completely the teachers fault, the government has scared them into believing these lies that we are bad animals.

So to take care of the Cat Problem and to clean up the area so that Bejing looks welcoming for the Olympics, cats are being rounded up and sent to these death camps.

Image Courtesy of the Synthesis

I am sorry to have to show you such a terrible thing, but this is what is happening to cats in over 12 death camps in Beijing.

Yan Qi was allowed access into one of the camps. She runs a cat sanctuary and this is what she had to say, "When we went inside, we saw about 70 cats being kept in cages stacked one on top of the other in two tiny rooms. Disease spreads quickly among them and they die slowly in agony and distress. The government won't even do the cats the kindness of giving them lethal injections when they become sick. They just wait for them to die. It is the abandoned pets that suffer the most and die the soonest. They relied so much on their owners that they can't cope with the new environment. Most refuse to eat or drink and get sick more quickly than the feral cats."

One woman, Hu Yuan has been an angel for the 250 abandoned cats that she has graciously taken into her small HOME. She says that 100 out of these 250 cats sleep in her bedroom with her, and ASTONISHINGLY she has not died from any disease! Imagine that! She cannot allow any of the cats to go outdoors because they will be rounded up and taken away. She says, "If I don't take them in, the government will kill them.People believe what the government tells them and that is why they are abandoning more and more family pets."

Yuan goes on to say, "the problem could be traced back to former president Jiang Zemin for the crackdown. He didn't like dogs so he decided to have dogs killed. But there was a bad reaction from the foreign media and they were pressured to stop. Now they have stopped killing dogs but the new victims are cats. "

One "lucky" cat that was saved. Clearly the conditions that these poor cats are being held in are absolutely deplorable. This image is courtesy of the Daily Mail.

You may read many articles about this by googling "feline death camps in china."

I am so sad about this, I wonder what I can do to help.

Putting my paws together in purrayer,


15 opinions:

Paula said...

How terrible. That makes me cry.

Daisy said...

This makes me very sad and very angry. I also wish there was something we could do about it.

Anonymous said...

Incredibley utterly horrible. Humans can be so inhumane.

Diamond Emerald-Eyes said...

This is terrible, but then cats have been rounded up and killed several times over during the history of mankind. And other cultures view cats differently.

What can be done? Well for one thing, where are the groups like PETA that are always asking for money. Shouldn't they use that money to help the animals. Oh yeah...wait...PETA only cares to fund the lavish lifestyles of their leaders. They don't really care about animals.

Oh I know. We can all boycott the Olymics and write to the Olympic committee and tell them we won't be watching their games on TV because of this. Not that I really think it will help, but it can't hurt. And as a cat, I don't really care about their Olympics anyway.

Empress Bee (of the high sea) said...

they are very bad people. i am sad about this cecil...

hugs, auntie bee



This makes me terribly sad and angry to know that the Chinese are doing this to their cats. It such a misjustice to blame the spread of SARS on cats.

I know it is a scare tactic I have read about in the past when there was an outbreak a few years ago... but to think...oh it this is just too much injustice to bear....


Boy said...

That made me MAD! How could they do that! I wish there were much more beans wike Hu Yuan awound. I just don't understand how some beans can bear to kill other animals. Mine Mummy's cousin works in Beijing and she's got a kitty. I do hope her kitty is safe. I'm going to get mine Mummy to ask her cousin about the kitty situation there and I do hope there's something we can do to help! It's just too awful.

Samantha & Mom said...

That is dang horrible and to think people are believing their lies! How sad! Let us know if there is anything we can do to help!
Your FL furiends,

Mr. Hendrix said...

what in the h#ll is wrong with those people? how can they just blindly follow the government to such horrible actions? if there is a website, donation place or petition, we will totally do what we can!

Goldie, Shade and Banshee said...

That just makes me sick.

admin said...

This is very very very sad indeed, torturing our dearly friends like that. Cecil, have you heard about Animals Asia Foundation that helped bears, dog & cats in China & Hong Kong to help them from being medicine & food? Maybe, they can help too, btw check this out http://www.animalsasia.org/index.php?module=3

Angel Junior, Orion and Sammy said...

Meowm and I are appalled and sickened at this! Cats causing SARS....that is bunch of poop!

Meowm and I will do whatever we can to help stop this abuse!

We will be sending out letter to the addresses you have provided and we will check back in for further information.

MaoMao said...

All us Ballicai are crying. Our Momma too. What horror for those poor kitties -- suffering from appalling human ignorance.

We will do what we can!

Louche Tabby said...

....I get really upset when I read these things....people are sick sometimes....

JB's Big and Small Worlds said...

This just makes me and my mom sick that these kitties have no hope and are going through such torture.