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Thursday, September 24, 2015

Henry Is Saved by Cats Protection after Swallowing Part of a Plastic Trash Bag but His Fate Would Have Been Entirely Different if He Had Fallen into the Clutches of the Mercenaries at PennVet

Handsome Henry Has Made a Full Recovery and Now Has a Home

"Life can be very tough for a stray cat like him, and he could have resorted to desperate means to try and feed himself. He must have been in a lot of discomfort and pain before he was handed in to us."
-- Annie Pack of Cats Protection's Bracknell and Wokingham Branch

Being homeless on the street and without any visible means of support inevitably leads to persistent bouts of hunger and that in turn forces a cat into taking all sorts of risks that it normally would avoid. Under such trying circumstances, the most readily available avenue of relief open to it is scavenging in bins and skips even though doing so unwittingly places its precious life in mortal jeopardy.

That is most likely what happened to a ginger and white tom of undetermined age named Henry who was discovered sometime this spring emaciated and disheveled on the fifteen-acre campus of the all-boys Papplewick School in Ascot, Berkshire. Taken in by Cats Protection's Bracknell and Wokingham Branch in Bracknell, forty-eight kilometers west of central London, he almost immediately became seriously ill.

Although shelter personnel were fully cognizant of a bulge around his abdomen that would sometimes appear and then mysteriously disappear, they were nonplussed as what to make of it. The charity's veterinarians at first thought that Henry could be suffering from either a worm infestation or a kidney infection but when neither of those wretched maladies proved to be the case they elected to take a biopsy. It has not been explained why either a less invasive x-ray or an MRI would not have sufficed just as well.

To the consternation of all concerned, the tissue sample revealed the presence of a compacted ten by four centimeter strip from a black bin bag. "The plastic had become trapped inside his stomach and there was no way it could have come out naturally," Annie Pack of the Bracknell and Wokingham Branch told Your Cat Magazine of Grantham in Lincolnshire on May 25th. (See "The Bag's Out of the Cat.")

To have so severely balled up Henry's stomach and digestive tract, the piece of plastic surely must have been considerably larger when he swallowed it. It additionally never has been explained why he was unable to expel the small amount of plastic that remained in his system but the most plausible explanation is that it had become entangled in his organs and refused to budge.

Over time it may have eventually biodegraded into even smaller pieces and then harmlessly exited his body but well before that occurred it just as easily could have claimed his life. Fortunately for him, he was not forced to play Russian roulette with nature in that the surgeons were able to successfully remove the plastic.

"Since it's been removed he has made a full recovery and the sickness stopped straightaway," is the good news that Pack delivered afterwards to Your Cat. "Henry has made a great recovery, put on weight and is enjoying life."

As to why he came to ingest the plastic, Pack is of two minds. "We have no idea why or how he came to eat it, it is something of a mystery," she first told Your Cat. "But he was very thin, and had obviously been a stray for some time, so the most likely scenario is he swallowed it accidentally as he foraged through bins for food."

She also believes that he could have swallowed it intentionally. "Some cats are known to have a bit of a compulsion toward eating strange things, for example, wool or plastic," she added as a second thought.

While only Henry knows for sure what actually happened, Pack likely is mistaken on both counts because cats do not have the least bit of culinary interest in either plastic or wool. What they do crave, however, is meat and plastic, wool, and other such materials often contain not only residues of it but its smell as well. The same can even be said for cheese and milk.

In particular, the plastic foam trays and cellophane in which raw meat is packaged and sold to the public pose a significant health hazard for all cats. Since both the cellophane and plastic foam retain not only blood but the smell of meat, it is not uncommon for them to try and eat both of them and the same logic is applicable to plastic trash bags as well. It therefore is imperative that all such packaging be disposed of properly.

Discarded cans and bottles that retain residues and smells of almost any type of food also are potential death traps for hungry cats. (See Cat Defender posts of December 18, 2007 and January 16, 2008 entitled, respectively, "Wild Oats Survives Nineteen Days with a Peanut Butter Jar Stuck on Her Head" and "From a Mason Jar to Death Row: Homeless New Jersey Cat Is Once Again Fighting for His Life.")

The same likewise holds true for bug and glue traps. (See Cat Defender posts of September 6, 2014 and August 17, 2010 entitled, respectively, "Butterscotch Is Finally Freed from a Bug Trap but His Deliverance Has Come at an Awfully High Price That He Will Be Repaying for the Remainder of His Days" and "Sticky Loses Most of Her Fur after She Is Ensnared in a Glue Trap Inhumanely Set in a Birmingham Garden.")

Roxy Is Lucky That She Has Carole West for an Owner

As is the case with just about everything else in this world, there is even a negative side associated with the proper disposal of food and beverage containers in that cats, wildlife, and other animals often depend upon the trace amounts of food that they contain for their very survival. Even the poor and the miserly of the big cities often find themselves in the same boat and that, by the way, is how dismembered bodies and discarded newborns sometimes are discovered.

The only compassionate solution to that conundrum is to go ahead and properly dispose of unwanted food and their containers but at the same time to also leave out provisions for cats and other animals. That must be done in an astute manner, however.

For example, it would be lethal for cats if they were fed in the same vicinity as raccoons. (See Cat Defender posts of August 28, 2006 and September 25, 2008 entitled, respectively, "Marauding Pack of Vicious Raccoons Rip Ten House Cats to Shreds and Terrorize Residents but Wildlife Officials Refuse to Intervene" and "Seattle Resident Beats Off a Voracious Raccoon with a Broom in Order to Save the Life of His Cat, Jewel," plus The Vista of the University of San Diego, October 3, 2014, "Raccoons Versus Cats: the Battle for Campus Territory.")

The deprivations and perils that Henry was forced to confront all by himself every single day and night throughout his extended period of sleeping rough have demonstrated writ large once again how vitally important it is that all cats have homes to go to and loving guardians to take care of them. "Life can be very tough for a stray cat like him, and he could have resorted to desperate means to try and feed himself," Pack told Your Cat Magazine. "He must have been in a lot of discomfort and pain before he was handed in to us."

Since Henry was found at Papplewick, it is conceivable that he was abandoned there by any one of the two-hundred or so lads who attend classes at the preparatory school. It also is possible that he was deliberately dumped at the world famous Ascot Racecourse across the street and then simply wandered onto campus.

Regardless of where he came from or how he became homeless, nobody came forward to reclaim him and as the result he was vaccinated, fitted with a cancer-causing microchip, and then put up for adoption as soon he had recovered from emergency surgery. "He is very friendly and will make a lovely pet," Pack affirmed to Your Cat Magazine.

She did, however, add one caveat. "So anyone who adopts Henry will need to make sure he doesn't have access to plastic bags just in case he takes a nibble," she told Your Cat.

She need not to worry too much about that because Henry's good fortune continued on into May when he was adopted into a permanent home. Consequently, his days of eating out of trash cans are, mercifully, at an end. (See Cats Protection's press release of May 21, 2015, "Henry Recovers after Swallowing Bin Bag.")

The problem of cats swallowing inappropriate objects is by no means limited to plastic trash bags. For instance, a white and brown Siamese named Roxy from the Birmingham suburb of Kings Heath accidentally swallowed a long piece of elasticated string in August of last year. Fortunately for her, she had an attentive owner who promptly intervened and saved the day for her.

"Roxy likes to play with toys and has always had a habit of chewing on them," Carole West divulged to the Birmingham Mail on August 23rd. (See "Incredible X-Ray Shows Birmingham Cat Which Swallowed Feet of String from Favorite Toy.") "We were so worried about her when she threw up around a foot of elasticated string, and had no idea how serious the situation was."

What she did have, however, was both the savoir-faire and the moola in order to rush Roxy to YourVets' surgery in the village of Wythall in Broomsgrove, Worcestershire, eight kilometers south of Kings Heath, where an x-ray revealed that the string had snarled in her stomach and intestines. It was touch and go on the operating table for a while but in the end Roxy survived.

"The operation was extremely complex and required two surgeons to remove all the portions of string," veterinary nurse Jane Gallagher told the Birmingham Mail. "The situation was certainly life-threatening and Roxy would have died without surgical intervention."

Although she was pleased that the veterinarians had been able to save Roxy's life, Gallagher added a cautionary note. "Owners must supervise their pets when playing with toys of any kind, even those not designed for chewing," she added to the Birmingham Mail. "We see cases like this quite commonly in puppies, and particular breeds of dog (sic) who love to chew such as bull terriers, Labradors, Dalmatians and spaniels."

An X-Ray of the Deadly String That Became Entangled Inside of Roxy

That is a message that West already has taken to heart. "We're so grateful to YourVets for restoring her to full health and will be keeping a much closer eye on her from now on!" she pledged to the Birmingham Mail.

Press reports at the time failed to even broach the subject of YourVets' fee but the services of a pair of surgeons doubtlessly wound up costing West several thousand pounds. Nevertheless, since she can afford to own a cat like Roxy she also likely is able to pay for her emergency veterinary care as well.

Since cats love just about any game of chase, it is not surprising that they like to play with strings. It nonetheless is far from clear exactly what is that prompts them to eat them.

It could be that they are attracted to certain types of strings that have peculiar smells and tastes. It also is conceivable that owners who have previously handled meats and other foods may have unwittingly transferred those smells and residues to the strings.

The situation is made all the more perplexing given that a cat's teeth are designed for ripping apart large sections of meat. They accordingly have difficulties even biting into a biscuit, let alone getting down a lengthy piece of string.

It accordingly might be a good idea to allow cats to chase and play with only thick strings, such as ropes, that they are unable to ingest. It would be better still to follow Gallagher's advice and not allow them to play unsupervised with any type of string.

Just as Roxy had West in her corner, Harry had Cats Protection in his. The same cannot be said for a nameless Philadelphia cat who was rushed to PennVet in December of 2013 after having swallowed a piece of ribbon from a Christmas present.

When the mercenaries at PennVet demanded several thousand dollars upfront in order to surgically remove the ribbon, the cat's owner was either unable or unwilling to pay that much and as a result a compromise was agreed to whereby the practitioners killed off the cat for a considerably lesser amount. (See Cat Defender post of March 19, 2014 entitled "Cheap and Greedy Moral Degenerates at PennVet Extend Their Warmest Christmas Greetings to an Impecunious, but Preeminently Treatable, Cat Via a Jab of Sodium Pentobarbital.")

The cutthroat practices of the veterinary medical profession are nowhere more vividly demonstrated than in PennVet's cold-blooded murder of this defenseless cat. Considering the University of Pennsylvania's nearly ten-billion-dollar endowment, the veterinarians easily could have saved its life without feeling so much as a financial twinge but they were too cheap and uncaring to do even that.

The lesson to be learned from this cat's needless death is that an owner needs to keep on hand an emergency fund of at least $5,000 that can be put toward saving the life of a feline companion who unexpectedly becomes either ill or injured. Otherwise, the cat is doomed.

The next task is to secure the services of a competent and trustworthy veterinarian and although YourVets did a simply superlative job in treating Roxy, it generally speaking is best to steer clear of chain surgeries. By contrast, since small-time practitioners must by necessity do their own work that normally precludes them from fobbing off the care of cats onto trainees, temporary employees, part-timers, and other hourly wage earners.

As both Henry and Roxy discovered to their detriment, disaster can strike in the most unexpected ways. Even though plastic trash bags, strings, and ribbons may be mundane and ubiquitous, they also can be deadly for cats. Above all, no one ever wants to be forced to go through the cruel fate that was foisted upon the Philadelphia owner.

It is a sad commentary upon modern-day life but morality and compassion no longer count for much of anything in this world. As a result, all that often stands between a live cat and a happy owner on the one hand and a dead one and a distraught caretaker on the other hand is a bushel basket brimming over with simoleons.

Photos: Your Cat (Henry), the Birmingham Mail (Roxy), and the Mirror of London (Roxy's x-ray).

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Pops Finally Secures a Permanent Home but Pressing Concerns about Both Her Continued Care and Right to Live Remain Unaddressed


"I wasn't put off by her eyes and health problems. We think she is adorable. She is warm and cuddly and settling in well."
-- Pops' new guardian

It took an inordinately long time in arriving but Pops' ship finally has docked in the form of a new home in Bath, Somerset, with a guardian who has chosen to remain anonymous. The happy denouement to her months of travails was announced August 12th by Cats Protection in a terse press release posted on its web site. (See "Blind Cat Pops Finally Finds a New Home.")

Nineteen years old and nearly blind in both eyes, the tortoiseshell was discovered dazed and stumbling alongside a road back in May by a Good Samaritan who promptly contacted the charity's Midsomer Norton and Radstock branch which came and collected her. To date, no one connected with the group has been willing to publicly hazard so much as a guess as to how long she had been sleeping rough.

In a staggering indictment of the abject callousness of the supposedly cat-loving English public, Pops was forced to languish behind bars for the next three months because not so much as a solitary soul could be found throughout the realm who was willing to provide her with a second chance at life. The Stolperstein is believed to have been her advanced years and health-related liabilities.

"I think because of her sight and health problems she isn't everyone's first choice," Belinda Dark of the Midsomer Norton and Radstock branch told the Western Daily Press of Bristol on July 14th. (See "United Kingdom's Oldest Rescue Cat Pops, Nineteen, Can't Find Home Due to Terrifying Eyes.") "Her appearance isn't as favorable as some of the younger kittens. I think people are put off (by her) eyes and how frail she is."

Such a revoltingly unsympathetic attitude also demonstrated the general public's total lack of both intelligence and taste because there is absolutely nothing terrifying about her appearance; on the contrary, she is a classy, lovely, and elegant female. Plus, she actually is in pretty good physical condition for a cat of her age with the notable exception of her diminished ocular acuity.

"Her sight is very poor and she is a weak old cat but she loves being close to you and being petted," Dark added to the Western Daily Press. "She's friendly and doing well for her age."

It is almost superfluous to point out the obvious but a shelter is hardly a suitable home for any cat, especially one as old as Pops and who has grown accustomed to not only tonier but considerably more hospitable digs. Even more alarming, it is extremely doubtful that Cats Protection would have been willing to house and feed her for much longer. (See Cat Defender post of August 6, 2015 entitled "Elderly, Frail, and on Death Row, Lovely Pops Desperately Needs a New Home Before Time Finally Runs Out on Her.")

Belatedly realizing that a bolder initiative was needed, the charity launched an appeal in mid-July through the capitalist media, its own web site, and Facebook in order to secure a new and permanent home for her. Even that effort took a while to bear fruit but in the end both Pops and the charity were left with a proverbial embarrassment of riches.


"Our homing officer Mollie has been inundated with phone calls about Pops," Dark disclosed to London's Mirror on August 19th. (See "Rescue Cat Finally Gets Rehomed after Story of Her 'Terrifying' Eyes Goes Global.") "We had nearly two-hundred offers to our web site to home Pops not to mention the offers via Facebook."

Although it received inquiries from as far away as Deutschland, France, Egypt, and the United States, the organization ultimately decided against allowing this walking and talking national treasure to depart English soil. "As exciting as it would be for Pops to be a globetrotter it was important we rehomed her in her native Bath," Dark added to the Mirror. "She is an elderly cat and, therefore, it was important she didn't have to travel long distance."

That analysis of circumstances leaves unanswered the very important question of what the charity would have done if a new home could not have been found for Pops in England. Even a long and arduous journey to a distant land would have been preferable to either life imprisonment or death, but it is far from clear that Cats Protection would have
allowed her to go even if doing so would have meant saving her life.

All shelters have their own hidden agendas and saving the lives of cats is not always their top priority. (See Cat Defender post of June 15, 2010 entitled "Bay City Shelter Murders a Six-Week-Old Kitten with a Common Cold Despite Several Individuals Having Offered to Give It a Permanent Home.")

If Cats Protection was caught off guard by the magnitude of the response that it received from the public, Pops' new guardian was every bit as pleasantly surprised at coming out on top in the sweepstakes to claim her. "I couldn't believe no one had snapped her up already," that very fortunate individual exclaimed to the Mirror. "It is funny to think of so many people wanting to take her in, especially from so far and wide."

Apparently Pops' new owner had been totally in the dark about her desperate plight until reading about her in either the newspaper or online. "I really felt sorry for her when I read her story. At nineteen years old she should be able to live out her final years in the comfort of her own home," the adopter added to the Mirror. "We are happy we were the lucky ones who got to take her in."

It additionally is heartening that there are still some caring individuals left in this world who are capable of looking beyond a cat's age and health problems in order to see her intrinsic worth. "I wasn't put off by her eyes and health problems. We think she is adorable" Pops' new protector told the Mirror. "She is warm and cuddly and settling in well."

Whereas that is the best outcome that ever could have been imagined for Pops, even it is nonetheless tinged with sadness. That is because the world, in all likelihood, has seen and heard the last of her.


No one outside of either her new family or Cats Protection ever will know how well she adjusted to her new home. No periodic updates on her health will be posted online and it is highly unlikely that when it finally comes her time to go that even her obituary will be printed in the newspapers. In effect, she already has ceased to exist as far as the various mediums are concerned.

That is all the more deplorable in that Pops is a long way from being out of the woods. The most pressing concern is her personal safety and due to her poor eyesight and other frailties it is imperative that she not be permitted to roam without the accompaniment of a chaperon.

She can still be allowed out into the garden, however, so long as it is fenced-in and someone is watching over her. The sunlight, fresh air, and exercise will do her good.

Her indoor environment can be made considerably friendlier by wrapping chairs, table legs, and other blunt objects in protective padding so as to ensure that she does not injure herself whenever she accidentally bumps into them. Also, the rooms in her new house can be outfitted with different types of surfaces, such as tiles, carpeting, and wood flooring, so as to assist her in reorienting herself should she for whatever reason lose her bearings.

A proper diet, an indoor environment that is free of harmful toxins, and periodic veterinary visits are essential for a cat of Pops' age. On the positive side, she is anything but obese and still quite capable of not only getting around on her own but of feeding herself and using a litter box.

The biggest obstacle adversely affecting her quality of life is her rapidly deteriorating eyesight and although many cats, such as Ace, Maxwell, and Angel, seem to adjust as well as could be expected to the darkness it would be a shame if the light is allowed to go completely out of her world. (See Cat Defender posts of March 14, 2015, September 27, 2007, and February 23, 2007 entitled, respectively, "Ace Is Found Frozen to a Porch with His Eyes Gouged Out but the Authorities Are Too Lazy, Cheap, and Ailurophobic to Go After His Assailant," "Abandoned to Die in a World of Darkness and Without Even Teeth, Maxwell Is Saved by the Compassion of a Rescue Group and a Veterinarian," and "Born Without Eyes and Later Abandoned, Humble Kitten Appropriately Named Angel Has Hope for a Brighter Tomorrow.")

Since no specifics of her condition have been publicly divulged, it is mere speculation as to the source of Pops' vision problems. Whereas tumors, glaucoma, cataracts, entropion, conjunctivitis, detached retinas, and trauma can lead to the onset of blindness, hypertension comes in for a lion's share of the blame.

The good news about that malady is that if it is diagnosed early enough it can be successfully treated and the detached retinas that is prone to causing can be surgically reattached. (See Elle Di Jensen, "Is Blindness Reversible in Cats"? at www.pets.thenest.com.)

Ernest and His New Contact Lenses 

Cataracts can be surgically removed but doing so is expensive. For example, a five-month-old kitten named Honeybee that turned up at the Willows Cat Shelter in East Boldon, Tyne and Wear, was diagnosed with one on each eye in November of 2008.

An operation could have saved her eyesight but the shelter, unfortunately, did not have the £1,400 demanded by veterinary surgeons in order to remove them. "I understand that this is a huge amount of money to spend on one cat, and I keep thinking about the amount of cats I could care for with that kind of money," the shelter's Maria Harrison candidly acknowledged to The Shields Gazette of South Shields on November 15, 2008. (See "Cat Needs Op to Save Sight.") "But Honeybee isn't an old cat, she's just a few months old with her whole life ahead of her. It would be heartbreaking to see her go blind."

A Honeybee Treatment Fund was established and the St. Francis Animal Rescue of South Shields generously volunteered its services in support of Williams' fundraising effort but it is not known if their combined approach was sufficient in order to have saved Honeybee's eyesight.

Cats that are born missing large sections of their eyelids also can go blind because the genetic defect will not allow them to either blink or to produce any natural lubrication for their eyes. That was the sad fate that a two-year-old tom named Noble from Taylor, forty-six kilometers northeast of Austin, was diagnosed with in June of 2009.

"Noble was probably born without big sections of his eyelids," Roy Smith of the Central Texas Cat Hospital in Round Rock told the Austin American-Statesman on July 27, 2009. (See "Donors Act Fast to Help Cat with No Eyelids.") "It's very rare, and I've only seen ten cases in my forty-eight years as a veterinarian."

Noble's distraught guardian, Dawn Shepherd, was not about to allow him to go blind, however, without first putting up a fight. Toward that end, she made some inquiries whereby she eventually learned that small pieces of his remnant eyelids in the corners of his eyes could be surgically stretched so that they covered most of his eyes.

The procedure was not going to be cheap but Shepherd, amazingly, was able to raise the $2,000 demanded by a veterinary surgeon in San Antonio within two days. Unfortunately, it has not been possible to determine either if the surgery was successful or even if Noble is still alive today.

In addition to being born without fully functional eyelids, some cats suffer from entropion whereby their eyelids are folded inward and thus cause their eyelashes to scratch their corneas. Honeybee earlier had been successfully treated for this condition but a fifteen-year-old tuxedo named Ernest, who had spent his last thirteen years as the office cat at the RSPCA's Godshill shelter on the Isle of Wight, was deemed to be too old to be anesthetized.

  Kristina Narfstrom with One of Her Countless Victims, Gingersnaps

Instead, the RSPCA elected to fit him with contact lenses which were scheduled to have been removed and cleaned every three weeks by staffers at the shelter. "He's much more comfortable," Les Burrows of Godshill told Sky News of the Isleworth section of London on December 16, 2008. (See "Ernest the Cat Has His Sight Restored by Contact Lenses in What Is Believed to Be a Medical First.") "Previously his eyes were shut, now they are open."

Depending upon the specifics of her condition and how well Ernest and other felines have fared, contact lenses might be a possible alternative for Pops. Aside from them it is unclear what other options would be available to her in that placing her under general anesthesia as a prelude to operating on her eyes likely is out of the question due to her age.

Generally speaking, very little is being done for cats like Pops who are losing their eyesight. While that is reprehensible enough in its own right, it pales in comparison to the diabolical abuse that is being meted out to tens of thousands of them all around the world by an army of vivisectors who claim to be searching for cures to various forms of blindness in humans.

For example, Kristina Narfstrom has devoted her miserable, worthless existence to falsely imprisoning and torturing cats to death in both her native Sweden and now at the University of Missouri at Columbia. Her specialty, however, is intentionally blinding Abyssinians and for that purpose she maintains a colony of them.

As the result of her heinous crimes, she claims to have isolated the gene responsible for causing retinitis pigmentosa and is now implanting silicon chips in cats that she has blinded in an effort to develop procedures to replace and repair diseased retinas in humans. (See The Kansas City Star, January 22, 2007, "Bionic Cat Eyes May Help Humans" and Cat Defender post of December 5, 2007 entitled "Decoding the Feline Genome Provides Vivisectors with Thousands of New Excuses to Continue Torturing Cats in the Course of Their Bogus Research.")

It is Tom Yin and his colleagues at the University of Wisconsin (UW) at Madison, however, who can justifiably lay claim to the prestigious title of being the most ruthless cat torturers and killers on the planet. For an unspecified number of years, he mutilated at least thirty cats each year during the course of his so-called sound localization studies.

The details of his devilry are, to say the least, gruesome. For instance, steel coils were inserted into the cats' eyes, some were deafened and devices implanted in their inner ears, metal restraint posts were screwed into holes that had been drilled in their skulls, and electrodes were implanted in their brains. After enduring months of systematic torture, the cats were rewarded for their participation by the overly generous Yin by being killed, decapitated, and their brains then dissected. (See The Capital Times of Madison, January 23, 2015, "UW-Madison Has Ended Controversial Cat Experiments Targeted by PETA" and the Wisconsin State Journal of Madison, September 12, 2012, "PETA Complaint Alleges Mistreatment of Cats in UW Research.")

Scum-of-the-Earth Tom Yin

In addition to all of those unspeakable crimes, PETA has uncovered evidence that a cat named Double Trouble was not even properly anesthetized while she was being relentlessly tortured. She additionally was deprived of food for days, suffered a head wound that went untreated for months, and her face became partially paralyzed.

It therefore is anything but surprising that after enduring all of that inordinate amount of pain and suffering she was diagnosed by Yin and his colleagues to be suffering from depression. (See PETA press release of January 23, 2015, "Victory! UW- Madison Stops Cruel Experiments; Cats Saved.")

Under intense pressure from PETA, comedian Bill Maher, and actor James Cromwell, UW-Madison claims to have discontinued these experiments in January of this year and Yin reportedly has gone into retirement in order to live happily ever after on the proceeds from his despicable crimes. Apparently no one at PETA has had the presence of mind to inquire as to what ultimately was done with the cats' corpses.

Considering his cultural and racial heritage, Yin probably cooked and ate them. It is, after all, difficult to imagine someone like him passing up either a free meal or the opportunity to save a few yuans.

Furthermore, the very presence in this country of low-life scumbags like him, Narfstrom, and others of their ilk serves to shine, no matter how flickering, a light upon the often neglected reality that legal immigration is a far greater problem than its opposite. With this country already brimming over with so many inveterate cat haters and abusers, their importation can only be regarded as a classic case of birds of a feather flocking together in that the devils who teach at American universities are always in dire need of a steady supply of imps to assist them in the commission of their diabolical crimes. (See Cat Defender posts of July 18, 2011 and March 19, 2014 entitled, respectively, "Evil Professors Have Transformed College Campuses into Hotbeds of Hatred Where Cats Routinely Are Vilified, Horribly Abused, and Systematically Killed" and "Cheap and Greedy Moral Degenerates at PennVet Extend Their Warmest Christmas Greetings to an Impecunious, but Preeminently Treatable, Cat Via a Jab of Sodium Pentobarbital.")

If indeed it is true that Yin has been permanently sidelined, that is welcome news. Now is not any time to celebrate, however, in that it is highly probable that hundreds of cats are still being hideously tortured and killed in what is believed to be the more than one-hundred animal research laboratories that dot the sprawling UW-Madison campus much like suppurating cancerous cells.

Although PETA devotes a disproportionate amount of its time and resources to stealing, killing, and defaming cats, on this occasion it was, for once, on the right side. None of that in any way alters the disturbing fact that if it had gotten its hands on any of Yin's cats that later were rescued it unquestionably would have killed them off on the spot as opposed to treating their horrific injuries and securing permanent homes for them.

At Cardiff University, the specialty of vivisectors engaged in vision studies is suturing shut the eyelids of kittens so as to force them to be raised in total darkness. Their tiny skulls also are sliced open so that cameras can be inserted into their brains. (See Wales Online, July 22, 2012, "Kittens' Eyes Sewn Shut for Medical Experiments in Cardiff University.")

In studies of amblyopia, the vivisectors slice open the windpipes of kittens, insert catheters into their blood vessels, and implant electrodes in their brains. (See Wales on Sunday of Cardiff, August 1, 2010, "Cardiff University Animal Experiments Rise by Thirteen Per Cent" and the South Wales Echo of Cardiff, October 13, 2010, "Call for University to Justify Kitten Experiments.")

"Not only was this not a study of 'vision,' it was of little relevance to human beings. The structure and function of the eyes and brains of cats with respect to vision are substantially different from human beings," Ned Buyukmihei of the British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection (BUAV) said of Cardiff's study of amblyopia in an October 13, 2010 press release. (See "Cardiff University Asked to Justify Controversial Kitten Experiments Exposed by BUAV.") "Furthermore, the information 'learned' from this study is not even of value to veterinary medicine. The cats in question were mutilated and suffered for no benefit to anyone. The information could have been derived from elegant, and ethical, studies on people."

To put the matter succinctly, cats always end up paying the ultimate price but yet never are allowed to reap any of the alleged benefits from these studies. Even if some treatment should be discovered that would help to combat feline blindness it is a foregone conclusion that the veterinary medical profession would price it well beyond the means of all cat owners except the super rich.

Far from being confined to Cardiff's feline vision studies, Buyukmihei's criticism is applicable to all animal research. The despicable crimes perpetuated against cats and other animals persist, however, simply because there is good money to be made from torturing and killing defenseless animals.

The totally unforgivable failure of those who supposedly care about animals to demand in unequivocal terms that these heinous crimes be halted and that the anti-cruelty statutes be stringently enforced also serves as a green light for vivisectors to not only carry on as before but to even expand upon their devilry. "If anyone other than white-coated scientists treated monkeys, dogs, cats, rabbits, pigs, and so forth as they do behind the locked doors of the animal lab, he or she would be prosecuted for cruelty," primatologist Jane Goodall once observed.

Moreover, the worldwide academic community is so thoroughly corrupt and morally bankrupt that it not only welcomes with open arms the outrageous lies of vivisectors but heaps honors and titles upon their misshapen heads as well. (See Cat Defender post of October 20, 2008 entitled "Swedish Academy Bestows Its 2008 Nobel Prize in Chemistry on Yet Another Trio of Vivisectors Whose Discoveries Are Maiming and Killing Cats.")

Double Trouble Endured Unimaginable Abuse from Yin 

The money and honors that go hand in glove with torturing and killing cats pale in comparison, however, with the immense pleasure that vivisectors derive from the commission of their diabolical crimes. It is a far too misanthropic sentiment for most individuals to wrap their brains around, but this world is chock-full of individuals whose sole raison d'être is to abuse animals and others. Moreover, these monsters are more likely to be found in high places as opposed to the ranks of the lowly and uneducated.

Looking ahead, Cats Protection has not disclosed if it has mandated that Pops' new guardian provide for her continued veterinary care. Likewise, since it recently killed off Tigger, it is unlikely that it has stipulated that Pops' new owner spare her the same cruel and unjust fate. (See Cat Defender post of August 26, 2015 entitled "A Myriad of Cruel and Unforgivable Abandonments, a Chinese Puzzle, and Finally the Handing Down and Carrying Out of a Death Sentence Spell the End for Long-Suffering and Peripatetic Tigger.")

Back in 2013, the organization was not the least bit hesitant about forcing twenty-nine-year-old Suzi Gallacher of Elgin in Moray into agreeing not to allow outside a cat named Bramble that she had adopted from it. It even went so far as to seize Bramble under false pretenses when she violated that edict. (See the Aberdeen Evening News, July 25, 2013, "Animal Charity Admits 'Error of Judgment' to Reclaim Cat from North-East Family.")

All animal rescue groups, including Cats Protection, are awfully high-handed when it comes to the restrictions that they place upon the animals that they sell back to the public for a handsome profit. For instance, they mandate that they be sterilized, implanted with cancer-causing microchips, cooped up indoors, and shot full of all sorts of unnecessary and, often, harmful vaccinations.

Yet, not a single one of them is willing to stipulate that the cats that they adopt out receive proper veterinary care when they need it and, most important of all, that their inalienable right to live be respected at all time and under all circumstances. It thus is clear that they have their priorities all wrong and, although bossy and dictatorial, they actually au fond care precious little about whether their cats either live or die.

For better or worse, Pops' life now rests solely in the hands of her anonymous new owner. If she is extremely lucky, that person will treasure her, safeguard both her health and life, and not kill her off when the first opportunistic moment presents itself, such as when she commences relieving herself outside the litter box. That can only be hoped for but it is by no means guaranteed.

In the final analysis, her fate is really not all that different from that of all living creatures, man included, in that governmental agencies, charities, and even the the gods seldom can be counted upon once the chips are down. As a consequence, one and all forced sooner or later to rely upon the randomized, totally unpredictable, kindness of perfect strangers in order to go on living.

Photos: Cats Protection (Pops), The Shields Gazette (Honeybee), Cody Duty of the Austin American-Statesman (Noble), Sky News (Ernest), USA Today (Gingersnaps and Narfstrom), UW-Madison (Yin), and PETA (Double Trouble).