Thieves trap house cats for Ho Chi Minh City restaurants

By Bui Chien, Thanh Nien News

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A cat comes to eat the bait laid out in a trap...

 

... The cat's neck is snared

 
Domestic cats have recently fallen prey to trappers working for Ho Chi Minh City eateries.
A Thanh Nien reader came to the newspaper’s office several days ago and showed reporters a device he called the “killer’s trap”.
He said no cat stood a chance of escaping the simple snare, set over a bowl of bait.
The more the cat struggles, the tighter the rope squeezes its neck until it is eventually dead.
Nguyen Van Hung, a retired military officer, told Thanh Nien the trap looked like a tiger trap he encountered several decades ago while serving in a Cambodian forest.
Meanwhile, demand for cat meat has been rising at eateries in HCMC, Thanh Nien found.
These restaurants serve cat meat dishes for VND180,000-200,000 (US$8.5-9.4) and sell raw cat meat at VND100,000-120,000 ($4.7-5.6) per kilo for customers to take home.
Cat meat traders, who buy cats from trappers, usually sell the meat to these eateries for VND50,000-60,000 ($2.3-2.8) per kilo.
Doctor Tran Phu Manh Sieu, deputy director of Nguyen Trai Hospital in HCMC, said cat butchers and trappers face the risk of rabies, while those who eat cat meat are at risk of Toxoplasma gondii – a single-celled parasite found in the guts of cats – that can cause miscarriages and birth defects.

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