It is everywhere. Despite the many inspiring cat stories that emerge from the internet daily, if there is one topic which tends to dominate the news media with respect to cats and kittens it is cruelty perpetrated against these vulnerable companion animals.
Today, as for all days, I did a quick search using Bing News using the search term ‘kitten’ which threw up the following result (this is an exact, unedited copy):
It makes you weep at the consistency of it. I don’t want to write about cat cruelty. Actually, I have learned to hate it. But then again if I parade an endless stream of cute kitten stories on the site it does not reflect reality and becomes boring.
However, it is depressing to see so much bad human behaviour perpetrated on kittens and cats. Relatively speaking few people get to analyse the cat world from the standpoint of news output as I do because the average person does not search for cat stories daily with care.
Therefore, sadly, it is people like me who become painfully aware of the unacceptable amount of animal abuse. Of course the news media distort what is happening ‘on the ground’ because they select bad news stories. As mentioned there is a lot of good news out there but it tends to be drowned out by the bad and there is no doubt that there is too much cat cruelty. It is a plain fact.
And the stories featured on this page come from the UK. This is meant to be a land of animal lovers and a decent society. If this is the best humanity can do in respect of cat welfare imagine the amount of casual cat cruelty in places not known for animal welfare.
There is far too much animal suffering in the world and when you think about it all of it, either indirectly or directly, is due to human behaviour. Humans should be ashamed of themselves. We need more good cat news…
HERE ARE SOME GOOD NEWS STORIES TO COUNTERACT THE BAD: