Every year in Vietnam, more than 6 million dogs and cats are stolen, trafficked and killed for their meat.
While most people know about the dog meat trade, few know about the horrors that their feline friends endure. More than one million cats suffer in silence in the trade that involves even more extreme cruelty and suffering. And even worse, the cat meat dish, ‘Little Tiger’ is increasing in popularity and availability across the country.
We have received shocking pictures from a cat slaughterhouse and restaurant in the heart of the ‘Cat Meat Capital’ city of Thai Binh, Vietnam. What happens in there is too horrible – we have seen pictures that we won't be able to forget. We talked to the owner of the restaurant and slaughterhouse where he keeps, kills and processes mainly cats, but also dogs from time to time. He is eager to get out of this horrible business.
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In December, FOUR PAWS along with our partners at Change for Animals Foundation and #CatsMatterToo coalition hopes to close this business for good, and rescue all animals on-site! Rescued cats and dogs will be immediately taken to FOUR PAWS BEAR SANCTUARY Ninh Binh, where the FOUR PAWS Viet medical team will be on standby to provide urgent medical care. They will then be transported to partner charities in Central Vietnam for additional rehabilitation and care before being adopted into loving, forever homes.
Update 09. December 2020: CLOSURE DATE CONFIRMED!
After months of talks and planning, we are incredibly happy to report that we will go ahead with the closure of the cat and dog slaughterhouse in Vietnam's infamous 'cat meat-eating hotspot', on December 15th!
Update 15. December 2020: The slaughterhouse is now shut down!
The sign is taken down, the 20 cats and 5 dogs are out and in our care, and no animal will ever have to die at the former slaughterhouse in Thai Binh, Vietnam. We will probably need a shower first to wash off all the sweat and tears from the two days of the mission - but all the work paid off as all the animals are safe now. Unfortunately, with one exception, as we don't want to hide from you that cat Nola passed away yesterday due to severe health problems she must have suffered when stolen by the meat thieves.
Thank you for your support during the last weeks and months! However, there are many more places like this – please sign our petition to #ProtectMillions to help support us until we end this trade forever.
Update June 2021: Have a safe trip, Fabulous Five!
Five of the lucky kitties that escaped the cruel cat meat trade last December: Cody, Binh, George, Lion, and Tiger have been waiting patiently in Vietnam and receiving love and cuddles thanks to Vietnam Cat Welfare and Paws for Compassion.
Now they just had their freedom flights confirmed for next week! This is our first transport of cats rescued from the cat meat trade and we hope everything will work out well. Due to the travel restrictions from the pandemic, it was very difficult to organise transport and things can change at a moment notice. But we are confident that everything will work out and that they will finally find new homes where they will be safe!