I am a vegetarian and I cannot see why anyone would want to eat any animal. I feel sick thinking about cats being skinned alive and other inhumane practices. There are some more "westernized" citizens who feel that killing cats and eating them is a barbaric practice that should be stopped. Recently, there have been some protests that are causing a culture clash.
The changing opinion is partially responsible to a more prosperous country where a middle class is emerging. Those in the middle class have some extra money to feed a pet. In China there are limits on dogs and size restrictions on dogs so having a cat is easier. It is becoming socially unacceptable to eat cats.
Cat meat is not illegal to eat or sell. It is perfectly legal to catch a cat, kill it and eat it. You can even serve it in restaurants! Many in China and other eastern countries see cats as food- comparable to how our society sees a cow or pig.
“We are very angry because the cats are being skinned and then cooked alive. We must make them correct this uncivilized behavior,” said Wang Hongyao, who represented the group, China Small Animal Protection .