There is a simmering undercurrent of loathing by cat haters directed at decent ladies who tenderly feed feral and community cats. It erupts into pure hate-filled violence from time to time. This is an example.
This little vignette of violence concerns one of the icons of hero worship: the firefighter. They are a bit macho aren’t they? They have to be to be effective firefighters. Ladies love firefighters unless they beat the lady into unconsciousness.
A woman was feeding street cats in the West Adams district of Los Angeles. It was probably part of a trap-neuter-return program. It often is. They are usually volunteers doing free work for the community. For me, these are good women who deserve praise.
No so for firefighter Ian Justin Eulian who got into an argument with her. Apparently (allegedly), he approached her and loudly complained – yes he shouted. The lady was sitting in her car.
I am guessing that the woman stood her ground and the argument developed and escalated. The woman threw some dry cat food at the man. Big deal. Quite a ladylike thing to do, when you think about it.
Then the actual bodily violence commenced. It is reported that Eulian then punched her, dragged her from her car and punched her again leaving her on the ground apparently unconscious. In the meantime Eulian’s mother (whose 70 years of age) who was with him slapped the lady several times.
The whole incident was videoed on security cameras preventing this violent couple from wriggling out of the crime they had allegedly perpetrated.
I have to state “alleged” because these people are yet to be convicted. This is a serious assault if proved and it carries a 7 year maximum sentence for Eulian on conviction. His mother might get 4 years in prison (max).
This case really highlights the simmering conflict between the passive and gentle feral cat supporters and the people, often macho men, who think it is preferable to eradicate feral cats – i.e. shoot them.
The interesting backdrop to this story is that Los Angeles lawmakers, council men and women, are debating a new ordinance which, as I understand it, grants some rights to feral cats. They will have the right to remain on people’s land. Property owners will lose the right to remove them. TNR is to be put into law (codified).
It appears that Los Angeles has accepted that feral cats should part of the landscape and treated as community cats as they are in Jerusalem, Israel for example. They provide a service and are part of the urban ecosystem. At the same time, however, more needs to be done to improve the standards of cat ownership and cat caretaking.
- Search results for “Los Angeles” on PoC.
- Associated: Another example years ago regarding feeding feral cats in Beverly Hills.
- Source: :LA Times