Chinese animal activists have recently rescued around 2,000 cats thought to be stolen while they were being transported to restaurants.
The cats were found crammed in wooden cages on the back of a lorry on a motorway in Suzhou, east China’s Jiangsu Province.
According to the People’s Daily Online, the lorry was headed to restaurants in Guangxi Province in south China, where the animals were to be sold under the guise of rabbit meat or pork.
Rescued: The stolen cats were found in a lorry heading for restaurants in Guangxi province, southern China
Love and attention: Activists were shocked to see the animals crammed in crates and alerted the police
Crammed: The animals were found in a truck on a highway piled into crates heading for Guangxi yesterday
Volunteers found the truck on a highway heading for Guangxi and called police who were able to stop the vehicle.
Images taken at the scene show the animals crammed tightly into crates with little room to move or properly lie down.
Some of the animals appear to be in a bad condition with marks and scratches over their bodies.
After they were found, the cats were then brought to safety.
Police are currently locating and contacting the owners of the animals.
According to Chinese media, the cats were stolen from areas such as Suzhou and were set to be sold under the guise of rabbit or pork meat.
A spokesperson from PETA spoke with the MailOnline: ‘All people with cats or dogs will feel nauseous imagining them being stolen from their home and sold to a slaughterhouse to be turned into a piece of meat, because they are members of our family.’
According to Chinese media, the animals were set to be sold under the guise of pork or rabbit meat
Saved: Animal activists alerted police of the truck’s contents who were then able to stop it on a highway
Headed home: Police are currently locating and contacting the owners of the animals
There have been increasing cases of activists rescuing animals in the country.
In December last year, animal activists rescued over a dozen dogs in Xi’an, northwest China’s Shaanxi province that were being used for experiments.
While earlier in the year, animal rights activists flocked to Yulin Dog Meat Festival in Guangxi province to rescue as many dogs as possible from slaughter.