Posted on Aug 12, 2021 62
Cat meat is eaten in China and Vietnam. In 1996, the Argentinean press wrote about the consumption of cat meat for food in the slums of the city of Rosario, but in fact, such information was in the media of Buenos Aires.
In 2008, it was reported that cat meat was a major part of the diet of Guangdong people in China. Cats from the northern part of China were brought there, and one company was supplying up to 10,000 cats a day from different parts of China.
Protests in many provinces in China led local authorities in Guangzhou to take drastic measures against cat dealers and restaurants that offered cat meat. Although a law banning the consumption of cat meat has never been passed. The restaurants used barbaric methods to torture the animals. They are driven to near death and submerged in boiling water. It is believed that the enormous amount of adrenaline in the animal’s blood before death makes the meat more tender and tasty.
A refreshed cat carcass is often passed off as a rabbit, since without skin, tail, head and paws, their carcasses look very similar. Here, you can tell them apart only by their feet (which is why, when selling a dressed rabbit, they leave the feet covered with fur). In Spanish-speaking countries there is an expression “Dar gato por liebre”, which means “to give a cat instead of a hare”. And in Portugal the expression “Comprar gato por lebre” means “to buy a cat instead of a hare”. In Brazil in particular, cat meat is disgusting and residents are often afraid to buy barbecue in public places for fear that it is made of cat meat. Since in such places hygienic regulations are not observed and it is almost impossible to find out the origin of the meat, in Brazil their products are often called “churrasco de gato” - cat barbecue (in Russia a joke about it is “buy three shawarma - gather a cat” and also the expression “pirozhki with kittens”).
But the Vietnamese use cat meat for health, believing that the meat helps with asthma, tuberculosis, heart and other diseases. You can often see cages with cats of different colors in the backyards of Vietnamese restaurants - a clear sign you should not order meat in this place.
The people of Vicenza in Northern Italy are believed to eat cats, although the last fact of this took place several decades ago. In February 2010, a famous Italian foodie was criticized on a television show for describing recent incidents of eating cat stew in the Italian region of Tuscany.
During the famines of World War I and II in Europe, cat meat was often passed off as Australian rabbit meat. In some Vietnamese restaurants, a dish of potted cat meat is served as “little tiger,” and cages with cats are often found inside these establishments.