Cats: “The worse you treat them, the better they taste.”

The 2010 documentary San Hua by Guo Ke (watch it below) was the first to depict China’s cat-meat industry. In one scene, Guo and fellow activists stopped a transport truck to find “more than 300 cats crammed into cramped wooden cages, unable to move”—some missing tails and others “crushed into unconsciousness”. For another scene at Fa’s Cat Restaurant in Kaiping, Guo used a hidden camera to film cooks beating cats with a wooden stick, dumping them into a fur-removal machine, and then boiling them. A cook at the restaurant claimed: “The worse you treat them the better they taste. It makes sure the blood gets into the meat and it tastes delicious.”

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