Photograph of a Group of Cat Lovers

I like to see photographs like this because they are unusual. We know that there are lots of people would like and love cats, or all animals, but it is not often that we see a group of cat lovers together in a photograph. This photograph was taken within the confines of a court building because these ladies were waiting to politely confront a young man whose name is Andre Robinson who was attending court on a very short hearing as part of prosecution proceedings for the crime that he has allegedly committed in kicking a stray black-and-white cat whose name is King. The case is well-known and you can see another page on the topic here.

Andre Robinson’s mother, Mary Kirby, was with him and she confronted the cat loving ladies with the words “leave these arseholes alone”. What she was saying to her son was to stay out of trouble and not to confront these advocates, as they are described, in a newspaper article. They are indeed advocates, meaning the voice of vulnerable animals living in a human society. There is a need for people like these ladies and personally I am pleased to see them at court doing their best to make sure that justice is done. Their presence is required because, on my judgement, often prosecutions for animal cruelty result in relatively light sentences on the conviction of the accused.

Society undervalues the companion animal judging by what goes on in criminal proceedings for animal abuse. This does not surprise me because there are other indications that, in general, people undervalue animals.

I suppose that high profile criminal cases like this one help to encourage the courts to at least sentence appropriately meaning near the maximum for cases of animal cruelty. I refer to the maximum because the maximum sentence is already relatively low.

Another observation and one that will no doubt not go unnoticed is that all the cat loving advocates in the photograph are ladies which reinforces the stereotypical image of the crazy cat woman, a wholly incorrect and unfair stereotype. These are good people taking time off work to attend court and make their point. The hearing lasted about 60 seconds so for these people to travel a distance and take a day off work in the interests of cat welfare is admirable.

Photo: JESSE WARD/FOR NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

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Michael Broad

Hi, I'm a 71-year-old retired solicitor (attorney in the US). Before qualifying I worked in many jobs including professional photography. I have a girlfriend, Michelle. I love nature, cats and all animals. I am concerned about their welfare.

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  • I love these ladies as well good on them for showing their strength of feeling and giving King a voice.

  • I am a male cat lover. I am certainly not a sissy. Ex-army vet, gun advocate, right wing conservative. I like all animals, but my preference for a house pet is a cat. They are clean, quiet and easy to care for. If you admire dignity, you cannot help admire cats. They are as loyal as dogs and a big male cat is a very formidable animal if they are confronted. Females are the animal kingdom's very best Mothers. Dogs are cool--but cats rule.

  • I just wish there were a few men there because really there should be. It would also help change the mainstream image of the ‘cat lady’ at least to ‘cat person’.

  • I love that photo, well done ladies.
    I'm so glad King has gone to a new home, hopefully he will be safe now from monsters like Robinson, but I don't think he will ever fully trust a human again, especially men.
    If I was that thug's mother I'd make him wish I'd never spawned him!

    • She's probably as bad as her son, Ruth. They both could do with a good kicking; get a taste of their own medicine.

  • Great lovely to see a group of Cat Lovers together. Great to see King has got a forever home.

  • I love seeing things like this.
    People who won't let an injustice just die out.
    I hate when we never get closures to some things.

    • They are my kind of person as well. I admire them a lot which is why I published the photograph on this page. They deserve all the praise they can get. They have taken time off to protest and act as an advocate for the cat. They really are cat advocates.

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