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August 12, 2020 - Independent Online

Vietnam cat meat trade revealed: Pets stolen, drowned, bludgeoned and boiled as appetite grows for animal flesh

Vietnam cat meat trade revealed: Pets stolen, drowned, bludgeoned and boiled as appetite grows for animal flesh
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Demand spreads across country after ban on killing cats scrapped, leading to animals being trafficked without food or water

More than a million cats are killed in Vietnam for their meat every year in a secretive, brutal and growing trade that risks spreading diseases to humans, an undercover investigation has found.

Pets and strays are stolen from the streets and even from people’s homes, trafficked across the country without food or water, and slaughtered in unsanitary and agonising ways, according to campaigners.

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