90 cats rescued near Thai border

90 cats rescued near Thai border

Thai police have rescued about 90 famished cats that they believed were being sent to Vietnam where the animals are considered a delicacy.

Officers stopped a pickup truck at a checkpoint today and found six plastic cages full of cats in north-eastern Nakhon Phanom province. The driver was arrested and faces charges including animal cruelty and illegal transportation of animals.

The Thai driver told police he received 2,000 baht (€48) to drive the cats to the Mekong River, near the Thai-Laotian border.

Cat meat is offered in many restaurants in Vietnam. Dogs also have been smuggled there from Thailand for their meat.


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