A restaurant specializing cat meat in Shenzhen, south China's Guangdong
Province, was forced to close Saturday after the protest of some 40 activists
that drew a large crowd including children.
Isobel, founder of a cat-protection website based in Shenzhen and organizer
of the protest, and other activists started the protest at 4 p.m. with a white
rose on the chest in memory of the slaughtered cats, holding banners and handing
out handbills to denounce eating cats and dogs.
Isobel in her 30s told Xinhua over telephone on Sunday that they chose the
restaurant Fangji Cat Meatball because it slaughtered cats in the street and "it
is very bad for the students from nearby schools".
One of the banner read "cats and dogs are friends of human being. Have
respect for lives by stopping eating them please!"
In many parts of China especially the southern regions, people take cat meat
as their favorate diet. Previous reports said that in Guangzhou alone the
citizens ate 10,000 cats every day in the winter season.
The activists, mostly women, poured into the restaurant demanding its owner
to set free the cats. They burst into tears upon finding a skinned one in a
There were no live cats in the restaurant as the owner, according to an eye
witness, relocated them to other places on Friday night.
"I cannot go on with my business, and I will not sell cat meat any more,"the
restaurant owner said after removing his shop sign from the wall. However, he
persisted in Guangdong there is a tradition in eating cats.
"We will continue to protest if this restaurant still sells cat meat," Isobel
To her satisfaction, many students on the spot told Isobel that they would
keep a close watch on the restaurant and report to her if anything happens to
Eating cats and dogs is often seen in Guangdong, but "you cannot keep eating
only because it is a tradition," Isobel argued.
Miss Shenzhen for the year of 2005 Gao Haiyun also went to the restaurant to
protest, calling passengers to "stop eating cats and dogs and become