[Video] Footage shows food workers in China boiling rats alive to make kebabs

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This shocking video shows rats being boiled alive and stripped of their fur by restaurant workers preparing them for food markets.

Food workers in the video - supposedly filmed in the back room of a restaurant in China - are seen pulling fur off of the boiled rats.

The creatures can be heard squealing during the cruel ordeal, while the workers, oblivious to the animals' pain, simply continue chatting and laughing.

Filmed in China, where people regularly eat rats as a snack or part of a wider meal, the footage has been viewed thousands of times since it was posted online.

The one minute-long video shows one man is tasked with pulling the live rats out of a cage. Holding a rat by the tail, he is filmed dunking it into a bucket water and swishing it around the steaming hot liquid.

Despite the creature's squeals, he then throws it onto the kitchen floor where it continues wriggling for several seconds. 

On the ground next to it lie six other dead rats and clumps of hair, while several people are seen furiously using their hands to strip other rats of their fur.

China's record on animal rights remains one of the worst in the world and the country is regularly the targeted by campaigners and political protesters.

Many farming techniques Europe is trying to eliminate, such as battery cages, are commonplace across the country.

For example, only in October - as it faced mounting pressure from campaign groups - did Tesco announce it would stop selling live turtles in its China stores.

The creatures, considered a delicacy across many parts of the country, were often packed alive and suffocated inside plastic bags or butchered in front of customers.

The retailer had been selling the live turtles since 2007, however the company said it stopped the trade because it was ‘not in line with our approach on animal welfare’.

Two UK-based groups Viva and One World Wildlife has been furiously campaigning for Tesco to stop the trade, which sourced the animals from farms in Dalian, in the country's north east.