Gothic Kittens

Holly Crawford, 35, from Pennsylvania, is set to go on trial today for cruelty to animals because she was trying to sell Gothic Kittens online. It's not the act of selling the kittens that has Holly in trouble, however. It is the fact that the kittens were pierced (as pictured). When humane officers searched her home in December, they found three kittens with ear, neck and tail piercings. Holly's attorney has posed the question “Why is it a crime to pierce a cat’s ears?” and she claims that she had no cruel intentions. Reader comments on the article (which you can read here) range from "punish the freak" to "if you punish this woman you should also punish people who declaw cats". What's your opinion?
     Posted By: Nethie - Wed Feb 03, 2010
     Category: Animals | Crime | Cats

Cows wear ear tags, pigs are tattooed, dogs tails are docked, ears clipped dewclaws removed, cats are declawed, babies are circumcised, and husbands are made to by tampons at the drugstore.

What has this world come to!
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 02/03/10 at 08:47 AM
Declawing is cruel!
Posted by MNIceLady on 02/03/10 at 09:31 AM
As my old dental hygeinist said "I least with piercings, you remove it but with tattooes you have to have them surgically removed"
Posted by MNIceLady on 02/03/10 at 09:48 AM
I have known women who got their daughters ears pierced when they were 3 or 4 months old. And I'd like to add branding to Expat's list.
Posted by Nethie on 02/03/10 at 10:27 AM
We adopted a cat from the shelter that had been declawed by its previous owners. We don't let her go outside and we often have to explain to delivery folks why we can't stand there and hold the door open. We have gotten a few "declawing is cruel" comments but we shrug it off, since we didn't do it in the first place.

There has to be a line drawn though between what is acceptable and what is abuse. I feel this woman crossed that line.
Posted by Nethie on 02/03/10 at 12:28 PM
When it is no longer possible to buy human slaves anywhere in the world, that will be a good time to start worrying about cat piercing. Until then, it's just not a concern.
Posted by Dave Hanford on 02/03/10 at 12:40 PM
Punish people who declaw cats. It is not only cruel, but voids the little furball's warranty.
Posted by venomlash on 02/03/10 at 01:26 PM
the 'earrings' on that kitten are bellybutton rings and are too heavy for it's ears. the girl is stupid and the cats should be taken away from her, but that's all. oh and, as long as there are murders happening no police time should be wasted on traffic violations. because if we can't stop ALL bad things from happening we shouldn't try to stop any bad things happening.
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 02/03/10 at 06:03 PM
Come, Bill, to the land of the lolcats... and learn why people call them kittehs 😊
Posted by Nethie on 02/04/10 at 06:03 AM
I wish I could find the article now, but I remember reading it once that explained why the lolcats talk the way they do. Something about cats having a limited understanding of human language concepts, and not giving a damn anyway.

On topic: Holly Crawford was convicted of one count of animal cruelty. You can read about the verdict here.
Posted by Nethie on 02/04/10 at 06:02 PM
miles if you are looking for high brow humor you are most asuredly in the wrong place sir.
i would like to make a case for circumcision. as i have mentioned before, i worked in a nursing home for many years. i have seen confused and combative men come into the home with their foreskin grown closed due to lack of cleanliness. sores and infections can occur as well from the same problem. the necessity of sending an alzheimers patient in his late 70s to the hospital for a circumcision due to the skin being grown shut is bad. trying to keep him from reopening the wound because he doesn't understand what is wrong and why it hurts is worse. when i'm long gone and my son is a very old man, if he doesn't get good care or is confused these things won't happen to him because i chose to have him circumcised. which simply proves we are all products of our experiences and it shows in our decision making processes.
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 02/04/10 at 06:18 PM
thanks guys. as for clowns, in the movie 'it' a clown represented the monster for most of the movie and it was definitely type casting. 😊
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 02/05/10 at 09:59 PM
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