For Immediate Release:
20 March 2017

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

Wagga Wagga — A cat named Jack went missing in The Rock recently, and was found days later, skewered on a barbed wire fence. Alongside Jack were two other domestic cats, who had also been killed.

To help protect other cats 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.

Outdoor Cat PETA billboard

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, becoming lost, and being snatched up by people who steal dogs and cats and sell them for use in experiments—among many other dangers.

“The horrific abuse that Jack endured is a reminder that it’s never safe to let our companion animals outdoors unattended, even for ‘just a minute,'” says PETA Australia 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 Wagga Wagga Police Station on 02 6922 2599.

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