Police discovered 2,000 useless cats meant to be used in conventional drugs in Vietnam

Vietnamese police have found round 2,000 useless cats meant to be used in conventional drugs, state media mentioned Friday. The our bodies of the felines have been discovered at a slaughterhouse in Dong Thap province within the Mekong Delta on Thursday, along with 480 reside animals, based on the official provincial newspaper.

The cats have been in chilly storage and believed to be destined for northern Vietnam.

Some in Vietnam imagine that extracts from cat bones may also help remedy circumstances equivalent to bronchial asthma and osteoporosis.

It’s estimated that as much as 1,000,000 cats fall sufferer to the unlawful wildlife commerce yearly in Vietnam, based on animal welfare group 4 Paws Worldwide.

Consumption of canine and cats is authorized within the nation. Many eating places serve the meat however want certificates to indicate the origin of the animal.

The slaughterhouse in Dong Thap failed to offer paperwork authorizing the killings and detailing traceability.

Nobody has been caught within the case thus far.

The normal drugs trade is a serious driver of the unlawful wildlife commerce in Asia, and Vietnam is each a consumption and transport hub.

This image taken on January 27, 2015 reveals seized cages of reside cats transported in a truck in Hanoi.

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Conventional drugs merchandise are additionally fueling the unlawful commerce of massive cats in Asia, based on a 2019 report from the non-profit World Animal Safety.

The report discovered that in Vietnam, 89% of customers of conventional Asian drugs imagine in unproven merchandise constructed from tigers and lions. Of those that use conventional drugs merchandise in Vietnam, 84% choose large cat merchandise from animals caught within the wild, the report discovered.

Felines usually are not the one animals utilized in these merchandise. Pangolins, the world’s most closely trafficked mammalhave been dropped at the brink of extinction as a result of their scales are standard in Asian conventional drugs.

A international operations in 2018 noticed 8 tons of pangolin scales seized worldwide, half of that by Vietnamese maritime authorities on board a ship arriving from Congo.

Mark Umbelens

Mark Umbelens