Thanks to a tipster, this cat and about 300 others — crammed into 22 bamboo crates in a freight yard in Shanghai — were rescued by animal activists this week.

The cats, likely trapped at night by thieves scouring residential neighborhoods, were awaiting shipment to restaurants in the Guangdong Province.

Most were reunited with their owners. Due to non-existent animal protection laws in China, the dealer and the restaurants will not be charged or punished. The restaurants usually pay the equivalent of about $7 per cat for the meat.



[LINK/PHOTO: SFGate.com]

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