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Who ordered the sweet and sour pussies? Moment truck crammed with FIVE HUNDRED cats was stopped en route to restaurants in China

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By David Baker

PUBLISHED:16:55 EST, 1  November 2012| UPDATED:17:16 EST, 1 November 2012

 

These pictures show the disturbing moment a  truck crammed with 500 cats was stopped during a routine check – as it made its  way to restaurants across China.

The neglected and hungry cats were piled  together in cages as the truck seemingly made its way to food outlets to sell  the pets as meat.

Luckily, the animals, some of which had been  cruelly stuffed in bags, were rescued thanks to vehicle checks in Xuzhou, in the  eastern province of Jiangsu.

Disturbing: When the cats were found some had been struggling to breathe through small holes in burlap sacks 

Disturbing: When the cats were found some had been  struggling to breathe through small holes in burlap sacks

 

Caged animals: Many of the 500 cats were crammed together in tiny cages as they made the trip in the back of the truck across China 

Caged animals: Many of the 500 cats were crammed  together in tiny cages as they made the trip in the back of the truck across  China

Having pulled over the truck in what they  assumed was a run of the mill stop, officers were shocked to find the horrific  haul.

Officer Sun Hai, who helped rescue the  terrified felines along with a colleague, said: ‘The driver said it was a full  load of rabbit.

‘But after we instructed him to uncover the  load we were shocked to find a full load of living cats.’

Intercepted: The felines were rescued thanks to routine vehicle checks, before they were sold as food 

Intercepted: The felines were rescued thanks to routine  vehicle checks, before they were sold as food

 

Helping hand: Volunteers rushed to give the cats water, before they were transferred to an animal centre for treatment 

Helping hand: Volunteers rushed to give the cats water,  before they were transferred to an animal centre for treatment

Horrifying: Some of the cats had been stuffed into bags with barely enough room to breathe 

Horrifying: Some of the cats had been stuffed into bags  with barely enough room to breathe

Following the find the pair informed  volunteers from a local animal protection centre who quickly arrived on the  scene.

They cut open the bags with keys and knives  to save the animals from suffocation and also bought water and  food.

It is believed that the owner of the load  refused to reveal where the cats had come from and it even took seven hours of  negotiations to get him to hand them over to rescue teams.

The cats have now been transferred to an  animal rescue centre at Tangzhang County, where they are being  treated.

As a nation of pet lovers Brits have long  been condemning the treatment of animals in China, where cats and dogs are  believed to be widely sold as food.

Previously cats and dogs have be seen  squeezed inside cages with no room to move, many of them diseased, in a live  animal market in Nanhai, China.

Lucky escape: Fortunately the haul of cats are now being cared for at an animal centre 

Lucky escape: Fortunately the haul of cats are now being  cared for at an animal centre

The Three Birds Market, where cats live in  small metal baskets, is deemed to be operating as a poultry market in southern  China

Dog meat is also thought to be a staple food  in this area of China and  people believe it is the best meat to keep them warm  during winter.

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