PETA Saves 240 Cats, Then Kills 120
The furry fandom’s good, although sometimes manic and radical, friend PETA has struck a major blow against animal cruelty this month.
After a lengthy 6-month investigation, officials in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, have captured and removed over 240 cats from capture. Their prison, an unventilated storage facility under the surname, “Sacred Vision Animal Sanctuary.” The owner and operator of the animal sanctuary is one Elizabeth Owen. Owens, according to PETA, “made no effort to find homes for the cats… [and] showed every indication that she is an animal hoarder.” The facility Owens ran housed over 300 cats all stuffed into wire boxes, four cats to a box. One litter box was given per crate and the cats were never allowed to roam free. These atrocities sparked PETA to report Owns to local authorities. Owens was convicted of animal cruielty in September of last year. It was not until March 1st that the cats were seized from their prison. 30 of the cats had died and 30 of the remaining 270 cats were considered “Owen’s personal pets” and were released back into her custody.
This story may seem like a cut and dry story of heroism. Evil cat hoarder, noble PETA swoops in to save the day, and 240 cats go free. However, there is a major rub to this story that some find shocking. Out of the 240 cats rescued, only 120 of them are alive as of now – due to the “noble” act of euthanizeing the cats. PETA wrote on their website, “Roughly half of the 240 or so cats that were seized fromOwen’s storage units were put out of their misery because of conditions such as anal maggots, herpes, ringworm, tumors, seizures, multiple abdominal abscesses, cracked and bloody paw pads, severe gum disease and missing teeth, – all things that cause pain and discomfort and that don’t happen overnight. These cats had long been languishing with no quality of life. For them, death was a release from a bad life of containment, stress, and pain. They are in a kinder place.”
After reading this, many were shocked. “I was with them until they decided to kill nearly half of the animals rescued. I understand them wanting to put the cats out of their misery, but some of those things were treatable. If they had cracked paw pads, those would heal! There is no reason for an animal who is suffering from a non-lethal ailment, which can be healed quickly with medicine, should be put to death!” a very alarmed furry said.
As a counterpoint, some Furries agree completely with PETA’s choice of action. “I condone and congratulate PETA for their unrelenting war on animal cruelty. This is a major blow and huge example to all animal abusers. On the subject of their decision to release the cats from their pain, I again congratulate them. Those cats had been through enough. They needed to be sent home to their Creator. As PETA said, ‘These cats had no quality of life!'” another fur explained.
“What else is new? PETA saves a bunch of animals from captivity, then “frees” them again from their physical prisons. They’ve been doing this for years,” an apathetic fur commented.
The question raised now is, was it right for PETA to euthanize all those animals? Or was it an act of mercy? You decide.
The full article from PETA, as well as the heart-wrenching photos of the cats and their prison, is available at http://www.peta.org/action/action-alerts/Hundreds-of-Cats-Suffer-and-Die-at-Hoarder-s-Warehouse.aspx