For heaven’s sake, it’s time lay off cat-bin-woman, and for the animal rights loons get back in their box.

This post was written by Reuben Bard-Rosenberg on August 27, 2010
Posted Under: Criminal Justice,GreenFeed

The animal rights movement in this country has a bit of a PR problem. I am sure it has some reasonable, well adjusted individuals within its ranks. Yet it also seems to harbour quite a number of demented window lickers, who come to the fore when incidents like the cat-in-bin scandal occur.

I am glad to say that the eye-for-an-eye principle is now seen as a little uncouth even when dealing with quite serious crimes against human beings. Yet I keep hearing not completely jovial calls for the cat bin woman to be thrown into some kind of huge garbage can. Yesterday Metro printed a letter from a particularly mad cat lover known as Wendy Keelan who wrote:

The evil scumbag who threw a cat into a bin should not be afforded police protection. The public should be allowed to throw her into a bin face down in water. She should be put in jail and the key thrown away. Thank God the cat is well and with its loving family.

Such garbage in not even internally coherent. If she is put in jail, then police protection is neither here nor there. It would also be hard, under such circumstances to arrange a public bin throwing – I’m not sure they have wheelie bins in jail.

But there is actually something more serious about the Metro being so irresponsible as to publish a letter like this. The fact is that she is almost calling for an extra-legal assault – seeing public bin throwing has no basis in our legal code. And she is whipping up aggression not just against any random individual – but a woman who’s had picture has been splashed across the papers for day while being publicly vilified. Personally I do not the want to see the life of a fellow of a fellow human being absolutely ruined to avenge the feelings of a cat.

In recent times animal rights activists have made rather a habit of disgracing themselves. The family of Isabella and Lola Kouparis – already traumatised by the fax attack on their baby daughters – faced widespread accusations of lying and even threats of violence. Meanwhile PETA a fairly mainstream (if standardly batty) animal rights group engaged in a thoroughly tasteless and idiotic attempt to make political capital out of the baby p tragedy. Having found out that one of his abusers had tortured guinea pigs as a child, they posted up adverts with his picture that read “Steven Barker: Animal Abuser, Baby Abuser, Rapist. People who are violent towards animals rarely stop there.” Ok then.

Unfortunately incidents like the 2010 cat-in-bin catastrophe offer these often misanthropic lunatics the chance to get heard in papers like the Metro. Its high time they got back in their idiot box.

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Reader Comments

They probably do have wheelie bins in jail. How else would they get the rubbish to the curb?

But yeah you’re right about the other stuff.

Written By EddM on August 27th, 2010 @ 1:56 pm

Ah, yes, the brutal fax attack. If only they’d switched to email, this whole tragedy could have been avoided.

Seriously, though, that Metro woman is completely nuts. Life in prison seems a bit extreme for a nonfatal offense against an animal.

This whole thing is just a cat-astrophe (has that been done yet?).

Written By Leonard on August 27th, 2010 @ 3:33 pm

(I know it’s not strictly relevant, but you did mention PETA and it’s one of the Onion’s better “funny because it’s true” pieces)

Written By Owen on August 27th, 2010 @ 4:21 pm

I lived on a farm during the 1960, my mother use to go around collecting all the new born kitten and drowned them, we had sixteen wild cats. We had the local hunt who use to use our farm under a legal right of way, we go out after the hunt with a rifle to shoot the foxes or dogs that had been left badly hurt, once I had to shoot a horse with a broken leg, they left the horse in the field saying they’d come back later.

In the summer period I use to go out into the fields shooting rabbits we had to many they dig holes the cattle would step into.

You know this lady was silly obvious she had problems with cats, but death threats these people need to go out into the country to see what real life is like

Written By treborc on August 27th, 2010 @ 4:35 pm

This isn’t relevant to the content of the article, but every time I follow a Facebook link over here, I find myself so busy wishing you would proofread your articles before publication that I miss the actual message of them. Sorry, but you need to sort it out. ‘fax attack’, seriously?? The o and a keys aren’t even remotely close to each other…

Written By Connie on August 27th, 2010 @ 7:30 pm

Basically you took a single dumb letter as an opportunity to launch into a fairly immature and totally superficial rant about anti-rights activists? You can find annoying letters from people of any political persuasion and dumb campaigns and statements from every interest group and cause. I actually think singling out animal rights proponents in general for totally uncritical superficial ridicule reveals a lot more about your attitudes towards the issue than it does about theirs.

Writing stuff like “cat-in-bin catastrophe offer these often misanthropic lunatics the chance to get heard in papers like the Metro” makes me wonder what you’re comparing it to.

Do you read what people write in opinion pages about the wars, the economy, immigration, abortion, gay rights, anything related to children (having them or not, “corporal punishment”, education, values, etc) religion (anything about it). The media is full of far higher profile issues that give people a similar opportunity to make equally or more obnoxious comments in similar venues.

P.S. to Treboc: statements like “go out into the country to see what real life is like” are nothing more than taking your own personal experience and aggrandizing it into some special experience of what authentic or real “life is like.” Its about as worthwhile as replying to any complaint about violence in the West with “go out into Somalia/Columbia to see what real life is like.” Obviously anyone objecting to the cat-bin incident would also object to your mother’s behavior – in fact drowning cats is against the law in the U.K. as the Animal Welfare Act 2006 Sect. 4 has been interpreted. The reality is that its not just “animal rights” proponents who object to deliberate cruelty against animals, the vast majority of people do. Failing to extend any empathy to another thinking, feeling being, is disgusting to people who aren’t psychopaths.

Written By S.G. on August 27th, 2010 @ 11:13 pm

Or of course we could be a sad old fart like you! who has written all this because? I would suggest getting out a bit

Written By treborc on August 27th, 2010 @ 11:16 pm

Well, there is no use arguing with such a mature, eloquent, logically rigorous and thorough rebuttal as the one Treborc enlightened us all with ;) .

Written By S.G. on August 28th, 2010 @ 6:59 am

I think it’s unlikely that the ‘throw her in a wheelie bin and chuck away the key’ lobby are the same people as the animal rights lobby. I would’ve thought they’d be the ‘Raol Moat you hero’ crowd. You know, people who believe that 2 abused and neglected 10-year olds who killed should be lynched and disembowelled by a baying mob whilst an adult male who had been in prison for assaulting a child and had threatened his ex is a great hero. Basically people who have not got a clue and who open their mouths before brain is in gear.

Written By Claire on September 28th, 2010 @ 1:43 pm

So cat in bin, Moat and child molesters god help us all.

Written By treborc on September 28th, 2010 @ 2:17 pm

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