Cruelty to cat ‘unspeakable’

Cook Islands News May 24 2014 

Dear Editor,

Prov 12:10 “A righteous man cares for the needs of his animal, but the kindest act of the wicked are cruel” and on this note I would like to bring to the scrutiny of the public a very distressing incident. While I was at the EHF this morning, I saw a young white cat that had been the recipient of unbelievable cruelty.

One of its ears had been burnt to the nub and was raw with a ring of black soot around it, one side of the cats nose had been severely burnt and exposing the inner part of the nose and the mouth was burnt so badly that the lip and flesh were no longer there – these parts were still so very raw. This cat must have been in unspeakable agony but, fortunately for the cat, a man brought this cat to the EHF where it could be relieved of its pain.

I asked to look at the cat when it had been relieved of its suffering so that I can better describe this atrocity visited on this poor cat and ask we stop acts of violence and unspeakable cruelty to animals.

Those of us that are a witness to an animal who is in pain, please stop and bring it to the EHF where it may be nursed back to good health or relieved of its suffering. There is another form of cruelty that we shouldn’t be indifferent to also and that is when we tether or pen dogs 24/7, week in and week out for months and sometimes years not allowing them the freedom to exercise their limbs properly, not to mention the damage it does to the animal’s spirit.

There are five freedoms our companion animals are entitled to and one of them is exercise. Let us together be mindful of the care of our animals and those that we come upon in need of attention.

I leave you with undoubtedly one of my favorite gems from the bible. Psalm 36:6 “O LORD, you preserve both man and beast. How priceless is your unfailing love!”

Eileen Macquarie