Hanoi chef caught red handed with rare cat
Hanoi - A chef in Hanoi was caught red-handed drowning an endangered leopard cat to serve at his restaurant, police said on Wednesday.
The chef said he killed the cat on Tuesday following a request from his manager, district police chief Nguyen Ba Hung told dpa.
The manager, Nguyen To Chien, told police an acquaintance in Phu Tho province gave him the cat to look after.
He said he only decided to have it killed when a customer asked him for cat meat. He intended to sell the meat at a price of $41/kg. The animal weighed 3.5kg.
But Hung said that an investigation revealed Chien bought the animal with the intention of killing it for meat.
Both the manager and his chef have been arrested and will be punished, Hung said.
The cat, scientific name Prionailurus bengalensis, is slightly larger than a domestic cat and has distinctive leopard-like spotted markings.
Vietnam lists the animal as a species in danger of extinction and it is illegal to hunt or sell it.