The owner of three kittens in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania is expected to face charges in connection with an eBay auction to sell “Gothic kittens” for offers of $400 or more. The Gothic kittens’ pictures, which can be seen at the Sky News link below, had body piercings in their ears, neck and tail. The body piercing in the Gothic kittens’ tails, submission rings, interrupt blood flow, ultimately causing the animals’ tails to fall off. According to the Times Leader, a dog in the home was also found to have body piercings.
Gothic kittens and glow in the dark cat? What’s this world coming to?
Some might argue in the case of the Gothic kittens that owners of some breeds of dogs, in particular boxers, routinely have their dogs ears cropped and their tails docked. In the case of ear cropping, an animal’s ears are surgically cut and a dressing applied so that the ears stay in an upright position. My aunt had a boxer when I was very young and I remember asking her if he was a nurse because it looked like her dog was wearing a nurse’s cap. He, of course, had just had his ears cropped. Ear cropping is generally purely for aesthetic value to meet the standard look of the breed, as is tail docking. I would hazard a guess that the owner of these Gothic kittens would argue that the piercings were for aesthetic value in much the same fashion.
As I previously reported, and just in time for Halloween, a glow in the dark cat, Mr. Green Genes, came upon the scene. Developed as part of a research project aimed at developing gene therapy, Mr. Green Genes was genetically altered to fluoresce green in the dark. Why make a fluorescent cat? Scientists added a dash of fluorescence when Mr. Green Genes was created in the lab so that they could learn whether or not a gene could be harmlessly added into his gene sequence. That Mr. Green Genes fluoresces is a step toward developing useful gene therapy treatments.
Glow in the dark cat: http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/1137104/first_glow_in_the_dark_cat_mr_green.html?cat=15