''The police did what they could, but there's little they can do to stop or punish those traders from shipping live animals,'' Lai said.
Zhu Huilian, a nutrition and food safety professor at Sun Yat-Sen University in Guangzhou, said people usually eat cat in restaurants, not at home.
''There's a famous soup called 'Dragon, Tiger and Phoenix,' '' Zhu said. ''It involves cooking snake, cat and chicken together. In winter more people eat cats as they believe it's extra nutritious.''