We cannot accept these feeble excuses for cat cruelty and abuse. In this instance a Japanese man living in the Fukushima prefecture, Ryo Jinbo, has been arrested on suspicion of violating Japan’s animal protection laws after he videoed himself throwing cats into a canal.
He allegedly did this on two separate occasions in December 2018 and January 2019. He uploaded the videos to YouTube. In the videos he can be seen grabbing the cats by their tails and throwing them into a canal.
We are told that he excuses his behaviour by saying that he was stressed at the time. It is not uncommon to hear these sorts of feeble excuses for cat cruelty. It is as if he is justifying his actions by saying that if he is cruel to cats it relieves his stress. How does that work? Cat cruelty cannot be excused.
You would have thought that it would increase stress. If he wants to relieve stress he should sit down quietly with a cat and pet her. He should let a cat slow him down and listen to a cat’s purr. These are the ways you let cats make you feel better and less stressed.
Often, cat cruelty originates in aggression and anger. For some people being cruel to a cat (or any animal) releases anger and aggression. This is similar, it seems to me, to self-harming. We hear about this a lot currently; usually girls self-harming to feel better. I’d rather that this Japanese man self-harmed. It would have been less selfish.
Cat should not be receptacles of human anger. They should not be a means to release anger. This is not their role in our lives. This Japanese man should reflect on his feeble excuse and accept that he needs help. He should agree that he’s a sadist and a nasty person who needs counselling because he gets pleasure from hurting animals. Perhaps he might hurt a person next or perhaps he already does this.
And then to upload a record of his crime and objectionable behaviour onto YouTube clearly demonstrates disturbed behaviour. He is advertising his misdeeds to the world as if he wants to attract attention to himself. Perhaps he hates himself. Perhaps he wants to be arrested and punished. There is no doubt that he is psychologically damaged. These feeble excuses for cat cruelty must stop.
Perhaps it is fair to say that more cat cruelty than we believe originates in human anger. Perhaps it is a way of lashing out at the world and these damaged people use the nearest creature as a target to release their anger which is often an innocent domestic or stray cat. Humans need to face up to this disgusting behaviour. They need to be honest with themselves. Mental health issues in humans appear to be on the increase so regrettably it would seem that this sort of deranged behaviour may well increase as well.
The story is on the website Japantoday.com. They do not tell us what happened to the cats. News media outlets need to do more to respect the cat who is so often a victim of cruel human behaviour. We need to know what happened to them and whether they are safe and well.
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