Thousands of cats crammed into cages are rescued as they are being transported into Vietnam to be eaten

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A truck packed with thousands of live cats destined for the dinner table in Vietnam has been stopped by police.

Cat meat- known locally as ‘little tiger’- is an increasingly popular delicacy in the Southeast Asian country. While officially banned, it can still be found in specialist restaurants.

The three tons of cats, which were crammed into bamboo cages stacked on top of each other, were seized in the capital of Hanoi on Tuesday but their lives are still in the balance as police decide whether or not they should be destroyed.

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