Piercing Cats Nets Cruelty Charges

Read this article.

Am I dreaming? Animal cruelty charges for piercing cats and removing their tails?

Now, don’t get me wrong, I think it’s absolutely stupid to pierce your cat or make its tail fall off. Stupid. But…

Tails are removed from dogs ALL THE TIME. How is this any different? How is piercing “cruel” but spaying and neutering aren’t? How is sticking a needle through a cat’s ear cruel, but declawing (cutting off it’s first joint, like amputating part of your finger) isn’t? I think that putting a ring in a cats ear is MUCH more humane than cutting its genitals off, although this practice is encouraged by the same authorities who have charged these folks.

Do a search for pictures of declawing surgery and then tell me that piercing is cruel.

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~ by skepsis on January 23, 2009.

2 Responses to “Piercing Cats Nets Cruelty Charges”

  1. I’m a huge supporter of animal rights (and a huge opponent of PETA, so don’t preemptively lump me in with those eco-terrorists) and I do condemn declawing and any sort of mutilation to the ears and tail, as is common with certain breeds of dogs. But I very much support spaying and neutering. Even with anesthesia, the process does result in pain and trauma, but it’s something of a necessary evil. A 2009 Humane Society estimate numbers the amount of unwanted dogs and cats euthanized in shelters each year between 3 and 4 million. Many of these are animals that were born on the street and picked up by shelter staff or animals that were born in homes that couldn’t take care of them all and thus surrendered them to a shelter. Because it’s impossible to guarantee that a companion animal will never, ever run away (and then get busy with the foxy strays out there), it’s better to be safe than sorry on this issue.

  2. i think we all just need to close our legs, and open our arms and minds up insted. sex is everywhere. and it is invadeing our good pure minds. love thy neighbor not fuck they neighbor

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