That’s a video of Miaoli county’s Tongluo Township representative Lin Jiu-Tai claiming there are as many leopard cats as stray dogs, and people in his township often captures and eat them. Then he added if you want to find out what leopard cats taste like, just go find him.
That’s all during a meeting to evaluate whether or not the planned highway that hugs the hills where only about 500 Shi-hu (literally Rock Tigers) calls their last home on the island. I feel like I’ve stepped in the movie The Pirates! Band of Misfits, where Queen Victoria is in a Secret Dining Club to sample rare animals around the world…
That’s what baby Shi-hu, aka Prionailurus bengalensis, looks like. They don’t look much meaner when they are grown either.
They look like cats but can’t vocalize like house cats, and they are unsuitable pets, and they are listed as Taiwan’s Class I Endangered species.
Shi-hu don’t adapt well to human developments and road kill is a serious threat to bengalensis all over Asia. Scientist also list road kill as the most critical threat to the Iriomote cat species, a distant cousin to Taiwan’s Shi-hu.
A facebook social movement group aimed to document and minimize Taiwan’s road kills recently had this presentation on Shi-hu road kills.
If you don’t like to see road kills, let’s just say they are extremely susceptible to being road kills… From December of 2013 to January of 2014 alone, 3 shi-hus were killed on freeway 3 and freeway 1. Now this new highway is going to be built right in the heart of their last habitat…
Students from the Sunflower movement, especially Miaoli native Chen Wei-ting, are gathering support to end this development plan. They are up against their old nemesis, Miaoli county mayor Liu Zheng-hong.