Cruelty to Cats: May 2008 Archives

cat_fur_trade_cruelty.jpgYep, it's true, cat fur is labeled "Synthetic." They also call it "Wild cat", "Katzenfelle", "Goyangi", "Mountain cat" and sometimes, simply "real" or "genuine" fur. But it’s cat. Pet cats, stray cats, cats at the wrong place at the wrong time. The fur is deliberately mislabeled and disguised by cutting and dying.

An to make matters worse, fur labeling laws are really lax. Garment labels do not have to include the origin of the fur nor which species of animals it comes from. Figurines, toys and other fur trimmed accessories don't have to be labeled at all.

cat_fur_vest.jpgThe fur originates in China, is shipped through Europe and then on to the US, so no one really knows where the fur came from or what species it is. China is growing economically and will do anything to keep good relations with other countries so Fur Traders in China revealed to investigators that they are willing to sew any label onto a garment to make a sale.

If you paid less than $150.00 for a coat or boots or sweater with fur on it, you can bet that it's cat fur, well maybe dog fur, but in any case it is cruel and it came from a loving sentient animal that had it's fur ripped from it's body while it was still alive.

Animal Saviors is asking for your signature on a petition that will help to make people aware of the torture these cats endure. Please sign their Petition and read the facts on their website. But I must warn you, the videos are probably the most graphic I have ever seen. But if you don't believe that this is a real issue, or if you still like to wear fur, watch the videos. If anyone can wear fur after seeing these videos, they are some kind of crazy messed-up psycho.soon_to_be_skinned_alive.jpg

So those fur lined gloves you got last fall might actually have someone's pet cat on them. Donate your fur, leather or wool items to Peta for their Anti-fur campaigns.

Sign these other petitions that we've blogged about cat killings in Beijing, and Japan's Cats and Dogs Massacre, and the feral cats on the site of the 2012 Olympics.

Other posts I think you might be into:

12 cats that will be extinct by 2020

Six diseases caused by dry cat food

See a 400 lbs African Lion hug and kiss his rescuer!

These ringtones will drive your cat crazy...

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In the last month, I have seen three dead cats on the road…to me three cats ending up as road kill…. that’s a little disturbing.

Cats are very good at keeping themselves alive in adverse situations, but it’s when they make a little mistake….when they’re frightened or distracted….that’s what ends their lives.

They run out into the road while chasing a squirrel…or fall off the fence while stalking a bird…or make a wrong turn while being chased by a dog. That’s when they become road kill. Three cats in one month in my small community….hmmm… that’s three too many.

Then you see the little kid handing out posters that say, have you seen my cat? and it breaks your heart.

Most of the cats that end up dead haven't learned fear, so they trust that the car will stop or that group of angry people won't hurt him, but it never works out that way. There are so many instances of weirdos hurting cats.

So keep your cat indoors. I don’t think it is cruel to keep Neo indoors. I know he’ll be there when I get home at night and he’ll wake me up in the morning asking for breakfast. I know he's safe.

lion_tackles_woman_video.jpgI've been meaning to write this post for sometime now. As someone that takes an active interest in animals and animal rights, Bowmanville Zoo seems to be an organization that I keep reading about for the wrong reasons. Before you read further, you should know that I'm not an "anti-zoo" person. I believe that zoos can encourage respect of our natural world and improve our understanding of our place within this world. At a time when certain species of animals are disappearing every day, zoos may represent the last hope for many critically endangered species.

While researching another post about animal cruelty, I started to realize a very disturbing pattern with regards to the Bowmanville Zoo. The Bowmanville Zoo has been cited on numerous occasions for animal abuse; these are claims that Bowmanville Zoo officials continually deny. At some point, you have to wonder if there is any truth to the allegations.

Here are six issues I have with the Bowmanville Zoo:

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