Cats are friend or food?

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Should cat-loving countries impose their cultural values on cat-eating societies?

I just watched an exclusive report on ABS CBN on how cats are being purchased for cat meat or cat fur trade. Apparently, a Vietnamese boat is docked at the Cebu pier for over 2 weeks now. The boat is here to unload rice imports but they have another agenda. They want to buy cats.

The Philippines’ Animal Welfare Act or Republic Act No. 8485 states that:

It shall be unlawful for any person to torture any animal, to neglect to provide adequate care, sustenance or shelter, or maltreat any animal or to subject any dog or horse to dogfights or horsefights, kill or cause or procure to be tortured or deprived of adequate care, sustenance or shelter, or maltreat or use the same in research or experiments not expressly authorized by the Committee on Animal Welfare.

The concept of cat-eating cuisine is disgusting to me but cats are a legitimate food source in some South East Asian countries like China and Vietnam. So to that question , I respect cultural values on cat-eating societies but these countries should follow our laws on our animal welfare.

Why don’t they just grow a cat farm in their countries?

The report revealed that the Philippines is the highest trader of cat and dog fur. Philippine pet-flesh trade is not something to be proud about.

See, I’m such a pet lover.

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