Cat blogging is usually lighthearted and uplifting. But occasionally an issue - although unpleasant - demands our attention and action. We ask you to go to Laurence Simon's Catcall and watch the extremely disturbing YouTube video someone forwarded to him of a cat being bathed in a contraption called a Pet Spa. As he warns, this is not for the faint of heart. Then read the comments posted by your fellow cat lovers. All agree: this is cat abuse.
The manufacturer states on their website, "This award winning patented technology is the safest and most effective pet cleaning system in the world. The unique design was created by a team of Veterinaries, Animal Behaviorists and Engineers for the well being of the Pet." We propose that not a single cat lover exists who would agree with this statement! We believe the Pet Spa constitutes nothing less than cruelty to animals. Yet it is being sold to, and used by, pet groomers across the United States. Would you put your beloved kitty in your dishwasher? And the company advocates using it not for just cats and dogs, but for small animals as well. As someone else commented, can you imagine what this would do to a bunny?
We at ArtsyCatsy are protesting what we believe is animal abuse, and we hope all pet lovers will do the same. First, we emailed a letter of protest to the manufacturer and to all pet groomers using the Pet Spa. The manufacturer's contact information is:
Pet Spa USA
4743 NW 72nd Ave, Miami, FL 33166
Next, we reported the company to the ASPCA, PETA and the Animal Rights Foundation of Florida. Their email addresses are:
As Mahatma Ghandi wisely observed, The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated. Perhaps this measurement should also be applied to businesses.
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