A new vogue for eating domestic cats is sweeping Vietnam, and the resulting cat shortage may be causing plagues of crop-destroying rats and mice. Which raises the obvious question: are housecats and feral cats which would otherwise be out killing rats actually being rounded up and cooked? The question is unasked and unanswered by these reporters.
On a sunny afternoon, Nguyen Thi Thanh Hang wields her cleaver over a stack of freshly skinned carcasses, expecting a busy evening. Today's special is the same as every day, and business is booming, she says, although not all locals share her enthusiasm for cat meat.