On March 1, a segment entitled “Cat Pranks” was published that disturbed me. I hold a deep respect for living things, and I find it disgusting that something so harsh and poorly worded could be published in a university publication. I have spent much of my time working in an animal shelter, rehabilitating cats that have been traumatized. Even “pranks” that may seem funny have long term unintended effects. Cats are extremely sensitive and intelligent creatures. Undergoing the stresses your newspaper was promoting could seriously affect a cat.
I believe that it is important for universities and institutions to practice and teach a general respect for the creatures that share our earth. It is not about of being an activist, but a matter of treating everything with kindness, and not promoting the soft-core torture of animals. These things may seem funny to someone who hasnâ€™t owned an animal and doesn’t understand their complexities and diversity but are very scary for the victim. Cats, like many animals, show great humility when being placed in uncomfortable positions.
I truly hope that no one actually tries these pranks on their cats, but I know that lack of caring for animal wellbeing is rampant across the globe. I just wish that it would not be promoted at a school that I love and chose based on its prestigious veterinary school.
I hope the staff at the Collegian is able to make it clear that this is not advocated by CSU.
Cassie Kandyba is a freshman biology major.