In China, it is legal to eat cats and dogs. Even so, ordinary people reacted with alarm this week as news broke of a Chinese man caught with 500 cats, crowded into tiny cages, which he intended to sell to restaurants.
The man had used sparrows and caged birds to lure both stray cats and domestic ones in the city of Jiujiang in southern Jiangsu province, the 163.com and news.ifeng.com websites reported.
The man usually sold the cats for about 30 yuan ($4.40) each, the report said, citing a local policeman.
As I always say, why make up a story when the truth is almost always weirder.