For Immediate Release:
28 June 2017

Allowing Cats to Roam Puts Them in Grave Danger, Group Warns

Townsville – While the RSPCA investigates the death of a cat, reportedly seen being swung around on a leash in Mount Louisa, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is negotiating with an outdoor advertiser to put up a billboard in Townsville urging everyone to keep cats indoors. PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way” – hopes to help prevent other animals from enduring similar abuse.

In addition to being tortured and killed by cruel people, cats who are allowed to roam outdoors risk being hit by cars, being poisoned, contracting fatal diseases, and becoming lost.

“This kind of horrific abuse is a reminder that it’s never safe to let our animal companions outdoors unattended, even for ‘just a minute’,” says PETA Associate Director of Campaigns Ashley Fruno. “Cats count on us to protect them, and the best way to do that is by keeping them safely indoors with the rest of the family.”

PETA also points out that people who commit acts of cruelty to animals often repeat their crimes and go on to commit violent acts against fellow humans. Anyone with information about this case is encouraged to contact the RSPCA on 1300 264 625.

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