Monday, March 12, 2012

Remove Feral Cat Killer as head of PIAA

Photo: Herald Sun. PIAA president pictured holding a dead cat 

Animal advocates are demanding the resignation of Australia's president of the Pet Industry Association after he posed smiling in a photograph holding a dead cat.

According to Australian newspaper, the HeraldSun, Pet Industry Association of Australia president Steve Austin is pictured smiling with two friends as he holds a dead feral cat dangling by its neck off a piece of white rope.

PIAA chief executive officer Roger Perkins defended Mr. Austin, saying he was "having a bit of fun'' after a day of hunting feral cats in the Kimberleys.

Mr. Austin defended himself saying, "This judgment does not reflect my feeling toward companion animals and as PIAA president I respect people's passion for their pets and am committed to ensuring our pets welfare.''

Austin went on to say that feral cats were not like ordinary house pets. "Feral cats, like the one pictured, are not like our friendly pet moggy but are a devastating problem that decimate and kill our Australian wildlife in the millions,'' he said.

Animal advocates across Australia are demanding Austin step down as president.

Debra Tranter, founder of animal advocacy group Oscar's Law, was quoted as saying, "This is the president of PIAA, which represents thousands of pet owners, was quite happy to pose for a disgusting photo with a cat dangling off a rope. It just shows complete disregard and lack of respect...Animals should be treated humanely and with respect even if they are dead,'' she said.

Alley Cat Rescue is urging our supporters to sign our petition to ask PIAA to remove Austin as president.


Anonymous said...

Typical stupid human animal...all they know to do is destroy every other creature on this planet. Some of those idiots need to be culled.

Kermit Mitchell said...

This is absolutely deplorable and horrific. This man obviously has no respect or regard for any life. The fact that he is in a position to "legally" carry out such atrocities is an insult to the Australian people who do respect all living creatures.

There are many proven humane ways to deal with a feral cat issue and this is NOT one of them.

Honestly, this entire event showcases him as the idiot he is. He is an embarrassment to the organization that he uses to carry out his sick hunting sprees.

"The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated." --Ghandi

"He who is cruel to animals becomes hard also in his dealings with men. We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals." --Immanuel Kant

"By ethical conduct toward all creatures, we enter into a spiritual relationship with the universe." --A. Schweitzer

Anne from said...

This is absolutely outrageous. For one thing, I would expect anyone prominent in the pet industry to stay away from hunting as a sports. Also, how can he be in the position he's in when he is so ignorant about cats? If he really thinks feral cats belong to a different species, he really has no place in the pet industry.