Cruel cat video5 December, 2007
I came across a video clip today that made me angry.
The video clip was on the metro.co.uk site – it’s a new service where readers can upload video clips and get paid when viewers download them.
The clip showed a cat on a table watching a ceiling fan revolve above it. After a few seconds, the cat leapt and somehow one of its claws caught on one of the fan’s blades. The cat was whirled round by the fan until it was thrown forcibly off into the corner. There was laughter after this happened.
I was horrified. I wrote to the moderators of the site and said that it was offensive, could encourage people to try the same with their cats and in short was cruel to the cat in the clip.
The moderators replied and refused to remove the clip on the basis of my complaint.
So I wrote back and said that I would report them to the RSPCA and Celia Hammond.
Finally got a reply back – they would remove the clip.
Was I overreacting? I think not. It’s not just the clip in question, but the idiots out there who would find something like this funny and subject a cat to the same. There must be loads of video clips out there with similar scenarios. Please don’t hesitate – report them to the moderator and get them removed from the site. If the moderators refuse to do so, report them to the RSPCA. You could be saving the life of a loving cat or dog.