Last night I found a picture of a bleeding cat on Facebook. Taken from its back, the picture showed that the cat turned and dipped its head with blood pouring from its jaws. The person who took the picture said the cat had been kicked by at least two young men as if it were a ball. The poor little soul, unable to move anymore, was weeping and wailing. It was sent to the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals for medical treatment.
This morning I read that the cat had been put to sleep due to critical injuries. Tears ran down my cheeks in silence.
I am never a vegetarian, and at this point I have no intention to be one. Neither am I any devout Buddhist who opposes to any form of animal killing. I confess that I do kill harmful pests that trespass my home. Yet I condemn violent abuse of animals like this, especially when human health and hygiene is by no means under threat.
I do not mean to defend carnivorism. At the end of the day, it is a matter of personal choice. And eating meat and seafood does not necessarily imply cruelty to other animals that are not for human consumption. Anyone can enjoy a beef steak and work for the interest of cats and dogs and other animals in the wild.
Tonight the news reported that two persons allegedly involved have been arrested. May justice be done for the poor little soul.
Life is precious, be it human or animal. May God have mercy on the kitty and let it rest in peace.