Originally Posted by meatless
Comments like this make me sick. This comment IS sick. Spare your sympathy and outrage for the animals that need it, not the ones whose parents love them and protect them.
firstly, i apologise for hurting your feelings.
i said what i said because of what i see around me everyday. where i am (London, England), people let their cats out. during the daytime in particular, there are literally hundreds of cats (all with their neat collars - i've hardly ever seen a stray) walking the streets alongside humans.
everyone i know who looks after a cat lets him/her out when they aren't around.
the attitide most people have around here is the same as what i said in my post - keeping a cat inside all the time is abusive. it's unheard of.
growing up around this sort of environment, i assumed it was like this everywhere. now i know i was mistaken.
also, i live in a converted flat and there is a cat - Tigger - who lives upstairs who is always allowed out when his caretakers are away. i've never known of him to do any
of the things in forthebirds' post. Tigger has never gone very far from home and knows how to get back (i know this because he runs about a hundred miles an hour if he sees someone opening the front door and he wants to go back inside).
as a final thought, i never imagined cats were in such a danger in America.
i could never have imagined that people steal other people's pets to donate them to animal testing labs. i'm now starting to realise why people say Britain is a pet-loving country.