Five unfortunate kitties met their untimely end as the small Peruvian town of La Quebrada celebrated its annual cat-eating festival Sunday in honor of its patron saint Iphigenia, also known as the "Black Virgin."

The cats are raised specifically for the festival, which dates to 1994. Local chef Patricio Pascual drowns the cats one by one in a bucket and skins them before the meat is left to macerate for several hours. Later, it is prepared with Peruvian chiles called aji and other traditional spices.

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