Saturday, December 20, 2008

Woman accused of piercing kittens to make them “gothic”

Pierced black kitten From all of the gothic community: Just don’t do this.

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. - Humane officers said a Pennsylvania woman marketed “gothic kittens” with ear, neck and tail piercings over the Internet. Officers with the SPCA of Luzerne County removed three kittens and a cat from a home outside Wilkes-Barre.

Officer Carol Morrison said the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals raided the home on Wednesday after getting a tip that the woman was selling the pierced kittens on eBay.

“It’s unbelievable anybody would do this to kittens,” Morrison said.

There are various gears of ethics when it comes to the treatment of animals in our culture. By in large we try to be as humane as possible when we impinge on their lives to produce our food, fur, and—in the case of domesticated pets—companionship. Kittens cannot consent to piercing or tail docking and any sort of invasive body modification should really be done by a veterinarian for health reasons.

This may not be the worst example of animal cruelty, especially to domesticated pets whom look to us for protection and care, but it’s still a lapse of judgment that should not be condoned especially by the goth community because it is bearing our banner by proxy.

If thou, or know someone, who has witnessed animal cruelty thou can visit the Animal Cruelty search to find contacts in the area.

If thou’d like to help pressure the District Attorney to prosecute this case, please contact Jackie Musto-Carol at the Wilkes-Barre Courthouse at or call 570-825-1674 and urge her to press this case to the fullest extent of the law, including jail time for this sick individual.

Link, via GOTH Magazine.


donnaricci said...

Thank you for reposing this and for your very well worded caution.

Kyt Dotson said...

Thour't welcome, donnaricci. This seemed like it would be important to point out to my readers.

I do have one other place that it is fitting to put this, so I'm crossposting it there shortly.