Obligatory cat eating post

OK, this is low. But I’d like to think we’re willing to post on almost anything, and not just the things about life in China that look good or neutral to foreigners. Really, why should foreigners opinions matter anyway, right?

No doubt you’re all dying to know: Do people in China really eat cats? The answer is: some people in certain places in China sometimes eat cat, and a lot of people in China think that’s gross, as the news article below demonstrates. There are many Chinas; much more cultural variety than you’d find in North America, even counting Quebec (though Jessica says they may eat cats there, too).

And for the record: We’ve seen hundreds of cats during our time in Taiwan and Tianjin – almost all of them were pets and none of them were food (as far as we could tell). Also for the record (not speaking for Jessica here): I’m not personally opposed to eating cat or dog, though I am opposed to eating certain specific cats (like Chou-chou and Fire Chicken). I’d eat Hello Kitty any day of the week if it meant there’d be less of them. Anyway, enough with the spineless sniveling disclaimers! On to the juicy local news scandal…

Melinda Liu, Newsweek’s Beijing bureau chief, wrote this article for Newsweek’s online edition, about people in Tianjin buying or stealing pet cats and selling them to Guangdong province (down south) as food. Apparently it almost started a riot, right here in our own little Tianjin this February!

pets as food, which animal lovers apparently discovered earlier this year at a market in Tianjin. Many cats sold in the Hebei District pet market are bought by entrepreneurs who ship them to the southern province of Guangdong, where the felines wind up as restaurant fare. (Guangdong residents are notorious for eating “anything with four legs, except for the kitchen table,” as a proverb goes. One popular dish of sauteed snake and cat is called “the dragon battling the tiger.”)

So when pet cats belonging to Tianjin residents started going missing with unusual frequency, owners became suspicious. Earlier this year the discovery of fresh cat entrails near the gate of the pet market seemed to confirm their fears. Convinced their kitties had become cuisine, up to 100 cat owners gathered at the market gate on Feb. 11, hoping to rescue any remaining live felines. Their entry was blocked by dozens of security guards. Then, some 80 police showed up to prevent a fight between vendors and pet owners… (full article)

And of course, what cat eating post would be complete without that obnoxious song:

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4 thoughts on “Obligatory cat eating post”

  1. You know, having dissected cats in anatomy class in high school, I have to agree with you about not being necessarily opposed to eating “cat”… just specific cats!!! Just like eating cow… you wouldn’t want to eat the adorable Bessie that you love so much, but don’t mind eating a nice juicy steak that’s been grilled to perfection. =) I do think it’s funny that cats are being stolen for food… especially the part about “fresh cat entrails” being found. Cat entrails probably look pretty similar to other animal entrails… it takes a pretty expert “cat entrailist” to determine if it is cat or another small creature. After all, the whole reason we dissected cats was for their anatomical similarity to humans. =)

    I love it, though… just makes the China experience so much more authentic!!! =)

    Hey… did you guys get our giant package??

  2. We found out last night, no joke, that there’s a restaurant on our street (very long streets) that advertises dog. I’ve got to go check that out!

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