Note: this is about people. For that reason I have decided to publish it. People dictate the lives of cats – domestic and wild. I believe we can do better; including me. We need a rethink because, in general, we are not discharging our obligations in the human/domestic cat relationship. I have deliberately used the ‘hateful’ in the title to put this post in sympathy with the original page referred to below.
Update: based on some of the comments I think I have not made myself clear. I am sorry for that. I am not against people who are anti-Caboodle. How can I be when the court order has closed down CR for animal welfare issues and alleged fraud? I am not against people who naively believed that Caboodle Ranch was good. Many were just conned by publicity and you can’t blame people for that. What I am trying to say is that the arguing between people has resulted in the Caboodle Ranch story becoming a story about people and their attitudes and the cats are taking a supporting role.
My point is that the FB comment below is a symptom of the widespread CR argument. It would be nice if people expended a bit of their energy on figuring out how to stop the mass slaughter of cats and dogs at good and approved cat rescue operations. Was Caboodle Ranch any worse than most of the ‘shelters’ where 70% of the cats are ‘euthanised’? Maybe Caboodle was but there is not much difference.
As to the use of the word ‘hateful’ in the title, this is meant to mirror the earlier post (see link below). In this context it means “very unpleasant”. It does not necessarily mean that it is ‘filled with hate’. I realise there are many other statements from both sides that are unwarranted as well. I simply chose one example.
There were a lot of argumentative comments to the “Hate Crimes and Caboodle Ranch” article by Victoria. There are lots more on Facebook! Some are really filled with pure spite if not hate so they do have a hate crime feel to them. Although writing these comments is not criminal behavior (not quite in my opinion) it is an extended form of internet trolling and harassment all of which has a negative effect on the welfare of cats.
I present a screenshot below as the latest example of an unjustified expression of anger that ultimately can only hurt the vulnerable cats that need rehoming. The FB comments serve to damage the Caboodle cats’ prospect of being rehomed, which is cruel behavior.
Please visit the ASPCA Rehoming of Caboodle Cats Pageto find out where and when the three major rehoming events are taking place
I am told these comments have now been removed but I think it is useful to show up people who behave badly.
And let’s remind ourselves that the Caboodle case is not showing up so called “cat lovers’ in a good light and right now it is about helping the vulnerable cats not scoring points in an internet slanging match of gargantuan proportions…