Residents gathered outside a park to protest against animal cruelty after discovering dozens of stray cats mysteriously killed since Friday in the park.
Officials at The Temple of Heaven Park in Beijing are investigating the unsolved mystery of why so many dead of stray cats have been found there (as well as some other local parks) in recent weeks as local residents turned out in droves yesterday to protest against cruelty to animals.
One of the area’s residents, Wang Lirong, who has fed strays in the park for four years, told reporters that insiders “had told them the park had arranged to kill the cats,” although a spokesman for the Park, who gave his name as simply Xing, denied the charge.
"The stray cats have been living in the park for more than 10 years, many of them dumped by their owners. The park has no motive to kill the stray cats," he averred.
Wang also stated that she and other cat lovers had discovered dozens of the feral felines in the park (once the site of sacrificial offerings by emperors during the Ming and Qing dynasties) since the beginning of October.
“I went there with other volunteers to feed the cats yesterday morning,” she stated, “and a spontaneous protest broke out that lasted for six hours.”