Police Vietnamese has discovered in the south of the country a warehouse with some 2,000 dead cats and another 480 alive that were going to be used to manufacture traditional medicine remedies, state media reported this Friday.
According to the digital newspaper VnExpress, the authorities found 4,000 tons of dead cats in a cold room of a slaughterhouse in the province of dong thapin the Mekong River Delta, and there was no label or certificates of health or origin of the animals.
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A spokesman for the slaughterhouse quoted by the media indicated that the cats had been bought in different locations in the area and were going to be transported to northern Vietnam, where they were going to be turned into a traditional medicine remedy, since it is believed that the extract Cat bone can cure ailments like asthma.
As for the 480 live cats, they were going to be sold in Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon), the most populous city in the country, some 150 kilometers from dong thap.
In Vietnam, the consumption of dog and cat meat is allowed, as long as the sellers respect the health regulations and can prove the origin of the animal.
In this sense, Vo Be Hien, director of the animal husbandry department of dong thapaffirmed that the slaughterhouse was not authorized to slaughter cats, for which reason it will receive an economic sanction, waiting for the Police to decide if there have been higher-ranking crimes.
Authorities will remove the four tons of feline meat, while the 480 live cats have been temporarily sent to a farm.