The Cat and the B***h

Animal lovers are ready to pounce like a group of lions on what is now Britain’s most hated woman.

A security video caught the middle-aged matron picking up a cat on a street, as if to pet it, then grabbing it by the scruff of the neck, throwing it in a trash bin and calmly walking away.

I’m not a cat lover. But really. This woman needs to spend time in a trash bin.

Here’s the video:

Luckily, Lola’s owners who were looking for her heard her frightened meows in the bin and rescued Lola  after she was there for 15 hours. Lola is fine now, according to British press reports.

I would have imagined the woman regrets doing this, not because she has suddenly found it in her heart to love animals. People are so angry with her that police are guarding her home as people have vowed retribution.

According the Sun UK, the woman, Mary Bale, says that everybody is making too big a deal out of this. After all, Bale says, Lola is “just a cat.”

Bale said the cat dumping was just a joke.

I don’t know what came over me, but I suddenly thought it would be funny to put it in the wheelie bin which was right beside me.

“I did it as a joke because I thought it would be funny,” Bale is quoted as saying.

Ha. Ha.

Bale continues, in The Sun account:

OK, I shouldn’t have done it – but it’s just a cat at the end of the day. I don’t think I deserve to be hated by people all over the world, it was just a split second of madness.

“Cats are good climbers and I assumed it would just scramble out through the lid and go on its way.”

Yeah, right.

Her boss at the Royal Bank of Scotland appears unamused at the “joke” and appears poised to fire her. Prosecutors are thinking about pressing charges against Bale.

Lola’s owners say they dislike the woman, no surprise there, but have told people gathered in anger in front  of the woman’s home not to seek retribution and let the authorities handle it.

Here’s the thing I really don’t get, though. We are all rightly outraged at this woman for harming Lola.

But why are we not equally outraged, and there’s not an equally large media splash, when somebody murders somebody. Or starts a war. Or beats the hell out of someone because they are black, gay, Muslim, homeless………

UPDATE: I got this really thoughtful reaction to this post that I should share, because it is so good:

You have a valid point at the end, but I think people get more worked up about animal abuse because animals don’t have a voice to tell us they’ve been harmed and by who. In most cases, humans are bigger than the pick on someone your own size!  Humans have domesticated animals over the years to the point that pets must rely on us humans for their care. Our animal friends are more of a friend than most humans.  Pets are loving, trusting, and love us stupid humans unconditionally.  They don’t lie, backstab, or abuse us (unless we’ve taught them to attack)  Pets seem to sense our emotions and are there to share the joy, or comfort us when we are down.  You can’t always depend on humans for that!  Luckily most people are take good care of their pets, but those that don’t deserve the same abusive treatment done to them.

One Response to “The Cat and the B***h”

  1. Eva Says:

    I’m guessing because cat’s aren’t black, or gay, or… or wait… some of them are….

    I don’t know. I always wonder the same thing when the world unites against cruelty to animals and turns a blind eye to the every day cruelties to their fellow men and women. I suppose it’s because we see cats as helpless and expect people to help themselves…

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