Cat skin auction brings out the red necks

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Cat skin auction brings out the red necks

Post by digidog » Sat Jun 01, 2013 3:26 am

The seller of a cat skin rug on Trade Me could face prosecution, says the New Zealand SPCA.

The auction for the pelt, described as belonging to a wild cat, closed on Thursday and was sold for $70.

The seller described it as a wild cat which was caught killing domestic poultry.

"This auction is extremely disturbing, not only because it features the sale of a domestic cat skin, but also because of the large number of anti-cat comments it has attracted," said SPCA national president Bob Kerridge.

"In New Zealand we have three groups of cats: companion cats, stray cats, and feral cats. But they all belong to the same species. The only difference between them is the amount of contact they have with humans.

"How can you tell whether a skin for sale on Trade Me came from a feral cat, a cat that was simply a stray, or someone's beloved companion cat? You can't.

"That leads to a further question. How was the cat killed? Humanely or in a manner that caused pain or suffering?"

Kerridge said the SPCA will investigate if the seller has breached the Animal Welfare Act and is calling for members of the public to come forward with any information that would help.

http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/8745881 ... disturbing" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
Here's the auction: http://www.trademe.co.nz/sports/hunting ... 430018.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

As a responsible cat owner I'd agree that some of the comments are quite disturbing. Who would have known just how many people are prepared to torture and kill domestic pets?

trader: kiwi.squire
name: Gavin
loc'n: Manukau City
joined: August 2009
status: Authenticated - not AVed
http://www.trademe.co.nz/Members/Listin ... er=3082990" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Buyer of the cat skin:

trader: serina_667
name: Sarina
loc'n: Waitakere City
joined: June 2005
status: Authenticated - not AVed
http://www.trademe.co.nz/Members/Feedba ... er=1107178" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Go the SPCA, I say!

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