"Animal welfare groups in China are already protesting [above, 'campaigner Hu Yuan, 80, with some of the 250 cats she has taken in at her Beijing home'], but their members fear punishment from the authorities," according to a Daily Mail news item re the Chinese commies' unconscionable War on Cats, "but the crackdown on cats is seen by animal campaigners as just one of a number of extreme measures being taken by communist leaders to ensure that its capital appears clean, green and welcoming during the Olympics." Isn't that special?
We must boycott the Olympics if this horrific story linked by Drudge is true:
Thousands of pet cats in Beijing are being abandoned by their owners and sent to die in secretive government pounds as China mounts an aggressive drive to clean up the capital in preparation for the Olympic Games.
Hundreds of cats a day are being rounded and crammed into cages so small they cannot even turn around. Then they are trucked to what animal welfare groups describe as death camps on the edges of the city.
The cull comes in the wake of a government campaign warning of the diseases cats carry and ordering residents to help clear the streets of them.
There's a picture at the link that makes our blood curdle. If only someone would issue a warning of the soulless cravenness of Chinese communist leaders, not to mention the pathetic credulousness of citizens who would break their social contract with the sentient beings they call "pets" based upon a PRC government "warning":
Cat owners, terrified by the disease warning, are dumping their pets in the streets to be picked up by special collection teams.
Paranoia is so intense that six stray cats - - including two pregnant females -- were beaten to death with sticks by teachers at a Beijing kindergarten, who feared they might pass illnesses to the children.
What would you expect from "leaders" whose one-child policy has produced a nation of too many men and not enough women to carry on the bloodline?
Update: The Yankee Farm links:
I never ceased to be amazed by what can be "in the interest of the State" -- regardless of the nation.
When it comes to soulless cravenness, our species never disappoints. The mice are smiling.
Update II: The mice are trying to cover their arses over at Artsy Catsy, host of Carnival of the Cats #208.