This is a cat story, which, as is often the case, is about people. Ninety percent of cat stories are rooted in the behavior of people.
This cat story, which is going around the internet, shows us in stark contrast the differences between the sort of people that interact with cats. I have always said this: that in America there is a polarisation of cultures in respect of how people interact with cats. And it is not just in America although there are a lot more cat shootings in America because of the controversial gun laws.
A person dumps a group of 25 unwanted but fully domesticated cats in a town in America. The town is Ethel (is that in the south, in Louisiana near Baton Rouge?). They appear to have been dumped on someone’s land but that is not relevant to the story. The person who dumped the cats is clearly doing something bad and highly irresponsible on several levels. His or her behavior shows a complete disregard for the cats’ welfare. There was a high probability that some of the cats would die and the person dismissed this possibility. The person probably failed to get his or her cats sterilised and things got out of control. This is not untypical except for the number of cats involved and the manner of dumping them. Although it seems that the person who dumped them might have taken them to a rescue facility if there had been one in the area. Apparently there are none.
Then along comes…
There are always kind-hearted, decent people who can’t stand by and not do something when they see animals in need. So they start to look after this new colony of cats.There is a large body of people who care for stray cats, often feral cats. They do this for the cats. It is almost entirely altruistic. Sometimes people who care for stray cats are bullied and harassed by people who live in the area. It can be difficult work.
Then one day, November 12th apparently, Amy turned up to help and found a massacre. Some cats had been shot. Some were dead or dying and some badly injured. The shooters had targeted the eyes and behinds of the cats, shooting at close range. Quite sadistic.
These are the people who like to hurt and kill cats. They are ugly of mind and spirit. They are bad people. When the shoot cats they often use .22 rifles. For people who don’t know guns .22 refers to the caliber (size) of the bullet. .22 refers to .22 of an inch in diameter or about one fifth of an inch across the bullet. This is a lightweight rifle ideal for taking pot shots at animals apparently. I think the notorious self proclaimed cat killer “Woodsman” who uses other alias, uses a .22 rifle.
Killing stray cats whether they are domestic or any other kind with a .22 rifle is not uncommon in the USA. However, to drive up to a colony of cats in a four wheel drive vehicle with, apparently, the deliberate aim of shooting at a group of cats is rare. It is an extension of the cat killing habit of some people.
Do people really care about this? Well…some do for 5 minutes until it is forgotten. Nothing changes. It seems to be getting worse.
The cats are now being cared for and some have been rehomed. The good people are still working on this.