AFP reports that thousands of seized, smuggled cats that were to be sold for human consumption have been buried by Vietnamese authorities, possibly while many of them were still alive:
"The cats were from China, with no official origin papers and no quarantine," a policeman from the Dong Da district environmental police said, speaking on condition of anonymity.
"Several of them had died, there was a terrible smell that could affect the environment and carried risks of future diseases," he said.
"Therefore, we culled them by burying them," he said, declining to confirm how many were alive at the time of burial.
The seizure was originally reported on Jan. 29 by AFP, which has written in the past about the demand for cats created by the local custom of eating the animals.
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