Caught to eat, then abandoned
From ANIMAL PEOPLE, May 2008:
WINDHOEK–The all-volunteer Cat Protection Society in
Windhoek, Namibia in mid-April 2008 rescued hundreds of cats who
were abandoned in company housing after the Malaysian firm Ramatex
closed a clothing factory that at peak operation employed 7,000
workers. Many other cats died from neglect before the rescuers
learned of their existence, wrote Denver Isaacs of The Nambian.
Opened in 2002 with heavy government subsidies,
Ramatex-Namibia tried to impose Asian sweatshop conditions, claimed
labor organizers. When the Namibian employees unionized, Ramatex
quickly settled a strike, but then hired “trainers” from China, the
Philippines, and Bangladesh to take over much of the work.
“Surviving cats are being fed on the site until they can all
be removed. The Windhoek SPCA has made its quarantine facility
available to temporarily house the cats, and all the veterinary
clinics in Windhoek are helping by examining the cats and treating
those who can be saved,” Isaacs wrote.
Other nations employing imported labor from places where dogs
and cats are eaten have had similar problems.
“VITA gets an enormous number of complaints about dogs being
caught and eaten by immigrant workers who live in Moscow and the
Moscow region,” the March 2008 edition of the VITA newsletter
As eating either dogs or cats violates both Russian federal
law and a Moscow city ordinance, VITA has asked the prosecutors in
the districts where the offenses have allegedly occurred to
investigate, and to bring charges where possible.