For Immediate Release:
24 April 2017

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

Oakey – An 8-month-old kitten named Sooty was recently found decapitated and tied to a car with wire in Oakey. To help prevent other animals from enduring similar abuse, PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way” – is negotiating with an outdoor advertiser to put up a billboard urging everyone to keep cats indoors.

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.

“The horrific abuse that Sooty endured 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 safe 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 Oakey Police Station on 07 4691 1020.

For more information, please visit PETA.org.au.