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Rescued cats face uncertain future

AROUND 1,300 cats rescued from the dinner table are facing an uncertain future as animal activists ponder their fate in north China's Tianjin Municipality.

The health and survival of the animals were also concerns, a pet lover surnamed Wang, who led the rescue, said yesterday.

The cats had been locked in cages at a store in Tianjin waiting to be shipped to dealers in the southern province of Guangdong before they were rescued by more than 100 pet lovers and animal welfare volunteers from Tianjin and Beijing on Tuesday.

Some 1,300 were found alive but there were a small number of dead kittens and a dead pregnant female, Wang said.

"But we may have celebrated too soon," he added.

"The traders injected the cats with stimulants to keep them alive during transport. According to my experience, some weak cats will die as soon as the effect wears off in seven to 10 days."

Lu Di, chairwoman of the China Small Animal Protection Association based in Beijing, said: "A base for abandoned animals will be established in Tianjin to keep the cats."


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