View Poll Results: Should piercing the ears of kittens and selling them as 'Gothic Kittens' be a crime?

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  • Yes, it's animal cruelty and exploitive of innocent kittens

    25 46.30%
  • It seems less cruel than docking tails and ears

    6 11.11%
  • No, unless silliness is a crime

    21 38.89%
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Thread: Should selling 'Gothic Kittens' be a crime?

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    Re: Should selling 'Gothic Kittens' be a crime?

    Quote Originally Posted by MyOwnDrum View Post
    A woman got 6 months house arrest for piercing the ears of kittens and selling them as Gothic Kittens. Do you think this should be a crime?

    "Gothic Kittens" Cruelty Case: 6 Months House Arrest for Piercing Cats' Ears - Crimesider - CBS News

    I do some work in animal rescue; we maintain some feral cat colonies around town.
    We capture ferals and have them vaccinated, sterilized, and ear-tipped, and then release them back onto the street.
    When a cat is ear-tipped (part of one of its ears cut off), animal control knows it's part of a managed colony and won't pick it up and euthanize it.

    I don't see the point of modifying a cat's ears for no valid reason; at the same time, I know from experience that modifying a cat's ears doesn't really hurt or bother the cat any, in the long run, so I guess it's not that big a deal.

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    Re: Should selling 'Gothic Kittens' be a crime?

    Quote Originally Posted by 1069 View Post
    I do some work in animal rescue; we maintain some feral cat colonies around town.
    We capture ferals and have them vaccinated, sterilized, and ear-tipped, and then release them back onto the street.
    When a cat is ear-tipped (part of one of its ears cut off), animal control knows it's part of a managed colony and won't pick it up and euthanize it.

    I don't see the point of modifying a cat's ears for no valid reason; at the same time, I know from experience that modifying a cat's ears doesn't really hurt or bother the cat any, in the long run, so I guess it's not that big a deal.
    That sounds like a great program.

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    Re: Should selling 'Gothic Kittens' be a crime?

    Just showed this article to my teenaged daughters. They think it's ridiculous. One brought up animal testing, which is way crueler than this. The other said "You're allowed to pierce little children".

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    Re: Should selling 'Gothic Kittens' be a crime?

    Quote Originally Posted by MyOwnDrum View Post
    Just showed this article to my teenaged daughters. They think it's ridiculous. One brought up animal testing, which is way crueler than this. The other said "You're allowed to pierce little children".
    Good point.

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    Re: Should selling 'Gothic Kittens' be a crime?

    For crying out loud people declaw their cats.

    Now that is cruel.

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    Re: Should selling 'Gothic Kittens' be a crime?

    I, personally, always thought ear piecing of babies was weird. It's a common practice in the Hispanic community, however, and not really any worse than circumcision.

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    Re: Should selling 'Gothic Kittens' be a crime?

    Quote Originally Posted by winston53660 View Post
    For crying out loud people declaw their cats.

    Now that is cruel.
    They have to keep them inside for life. Some people think that is cruel, some people think letting cats outside is irresponsible. People have a lot of different opinions.

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    Re: Should selling 'Gothic Kittens' be a crime?

    Quote Originally Posted by MyOwnDrum View Post
    They have to keep them inside for life. Some people think that is cruel, some people think letting cats outside is irresponsible. People have a lot of different opinions.
    My deal is the what if scenario. What if the cat happens to get out and runs away?
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    Re: Should selling 'Gothic Kittens' be a crime?

    Quote Originally Posted by winston53660 View Post
    My deal is the what if scenario. What if the cat happens to get out and run away?
    When I was a kid my stepmother's declawed cat got ripped apart by a dog when it got out.

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    Re: Should selling 'Gothic Kittens' be a crime?

    Quote Originally Posted by winston53660 View Post
    My deal is the what if scenario. What if the cat happens to get out and run away?
    I think of that with cats that have been de-clawed. They have no way to defend themselves. They can't climb trees to escape predators. it think de-clawing is a horrible practice. As is tail docking and ear cropping. It's an artificial aesthetic.

    As for those earrings,it seems benign, except that they are very large for tiny kitty ears, but I don't see the purpose in doing it because "it was neat".

    6 months house arrest? I wonder why they went that far? Though I would be worried if she might consider belly rings or god forbid, a Prince Albert, for one of her pets.
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