Here is an interesting question: is it animal cruelty to dye your cat’s fur to match your own hair? That is the question to be answered in a proceeding in England where Natasha Gregory, 22, has been hunted down like Jack the Dyer.
The manhunt began when people spotted a pink cat walking around Swindon-Wilthire. A national search was halted when a young woman with telltale pink hair stepped forward to claim her cat Oi! Kitty. Despite the national press condemning the dye job, Gregory said that she loved pink, loved her cat, and really loved having a pink cat.
Now, she will face the folks at the RSPCA and many are calling for conviction. However, is simply dyeing your cat’s fur cruelty to animals? Some experts are quoted as saying that other animals might react in a hostile fashion to a color close to red, but that hardly seems a basis for a charge. Some people dress their animals up in outfits which might have a similarly alarming impact on other animals, but we do not call it animal cruelty. I have seen pets dressed up like New Orleans pimps with feathered hats and rhinestone jackets where even I wanted to intervene and strip the animal. However, such matters are left to the owners and there is no accounting for taste.
I am usually complaining about the lack of serious sanctions for animal cruelty, but I am not convinced that this should qualify. Unless the dye is caustic or physical harmful to the cat, I do not view this as a matter for public condemnation.
Source: Daily Mail