All the 16 cats, stolen from various residential areas, were kept in a single cage, and were deprived of water to drink.
CHENNAI: Biryani lovers, beware. If you have ordered mutton or chicken biryani at any roadside stall recently in Chennai, chances are that you might have been served cat.
Next time, when you order this non-vegetarian dish at any roadside eatery, make sure the pieces of meat in the rice are only chicken or mutton else you may end up eating cat meat.
Many ‘cheap’ roadside stalls in Chennai are serving cat meat in biryani touted as chicken or mutton.
Tamil Nadu Police and an animal welfare organisation, People for Animals (PfA), in a joint operation have rescued 16 cats, kept for their meat, from Pallavaram area on Friday.
“PfA received information that pet cats were trapped by the narikorvas tribe, who on weekends skinned them and sold the meat to roadside eateries in and around Pallavaram,” Times of India quoted PfA member as saying.
The meat is reportedly used in biryani at the roadside stalls.
According to the report, Two of the PfA volunteers went to the spot on Thursday and befriended youths of narikorava tribe.
The volunteers asked the tribesmen to demonstrate how the cats are trapped and then skinned and recorded the entire demonstration.
The footage was handed over to the police authorities, after which a team of cops rescued the cats and sent them to a PfA shelter.
All the 16 cats, stolen from various residential areas, were kept in a single cage and deprived of water to drink.