The suspects have been detained by the police.
From July 25 to 26, China Biodiversity Conservation and Green Development Foundation (CBCGDF) volunteer in Shijiazhuang City, Hebei Province, reported that some people in Shijiazhuang were found using the captured and tortured birds as bait to trap and capture domestic casts and stray cats.
According to reports, these “cat thieves” sent the trapped cats to restaurants and other business establishments, pretending to be beef and mutton for sale, and even formed an industrial chain.
On July 27, the CBCGDF volunteer Mr. Zhang team returned to the scene and followed up on the sensational incident reported before: “cat thieves” used national protected animal finches to trap domestic and stray cats.
On the morning of the 27th, the situation reported to the CBCGDF Biological and Scientific Ethics Committee (BASE) is: Currently, the two suspects are still in detention at the police station. Law enforcement officers of the public security department were also on the scene.
Previously, according to media reports, behind the phenomenon of cat stealing was an unknown industrial chain. In some southern cities, there are restaurants with the theme of eating cats, and business is booming. According to CBCGDF’s research on previous media reports, one background is that due to the lack of clear laws and regulations, it is difficult for the police to enforce the law.
CBCGDF volunteers appeal: it is hoped relevant law enforcement agencies can follow up and track down the whereabouts and uses of the cats caught.
Original Chinese article:
By / Liu Xiling (Volunteer) Modified / Maggie