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Supreme Court orders cat to be decapitated

post #1 of 20
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http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/4524059.stm

A fugitive domestic cat suspected of carrying rabies must be killed. The Supreme Court upheld an earlier ruling saying Luz, an angora cat from Valparaiso, should be decapitated.

Ms Salinas has since fought to save her cat's life, after it became clear that authorities would seek to have Luz beheaded.

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Say what wants about whether a cat with rabies should be put down. But decapitation! What the heck?!?
post #2 of 20
Geez! That's more than a little harsh! I know in PA the law is either the owner can pay for the animal to be quarantined for a period of time, after which if it has not shown symptoms, it is considered rabies-free and everyone can rest easy OR the owner can choose to have the animal euthanized, after which a necropsy is done to see if it had rabies.
I've never heard anything about beheading!
post #3 of 20
They take the brain after a humane euthanization and examine it - it is the way to determine rabies.
post #4 of 20
Yes, but you don't need to decapitate the poor animal! Euthanize it humanely, then take the brain as part of the necropsy.
post #5 of 20
Do we get to decapitate the "officals" if they fall on hard times?? I do realize that they may not have the same medicine we do but to decapitate an animal is beyond barbaric..
post #6 of 20
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Originally Posted by sharky
Do we get to decapitate the "officals" if they fall on hard times?? I do realize that they may not have the same medicine we do but to decapitate an animal is beyond barbaric..
LOL! Too funny!
post #7 of 20
I would rather kill a politian than an animal ...lol.. this is satire I am not a killer...
post #8 of 20
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Originally Posted by sharky
I would rather kill a politian than an animal ...lol.. this is satire I am not a killer...
LOL, I originally posted something similar, and then decided to edit it so that the men in suits and dark shades wouldn't come knocking on my door. Not that such a thing would ever happen in "The Land of the Free".
post #9 of 20
Amazing the world we live in...
post #10 of 20
Good grief! It wouldn't have happened if Ms Salinas had Luz vaccinated! AND I bet the vaccinations would have been cheaper than all the lawyer's fees Salinas has to pay now!
post #11 of 20
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Originally Posted by Mom of 10 Cats
Yes, but you don't need to decapitate the poor animal! Euthanize it humanely, then take the brain as part of the necropsy.
The way I read this article it sounds like they are using words like "decapitation" and "beheaded" and such for the dramatic flair ... I don't believe it is meant literally.
post #12 of 20
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Originally Posted by gayef
The way I read this article it sounds like they are using words like "decapitation" and "beheaded" and such for the dramatic flair ... I don't believe it is meant literally.
I don't know -- I don't associate the BBC with "drama" or "flair."
post #13 of 20
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Originally Posted by katie=^..^=
I don't know -- I don't associate the BBC with "drama" or "flair."
Normally, neither do I, but in this case, that is how I read the article. The procedure to determine whether or not an animal has rabies necessitates examining the brain post mortem. They don't "behead" or "decapitate" the animal in order to euthanize it - that is why I feel it was more for the shock value.
post #14 of 20
I doubt that they seriously mean to behead a cat.
post #15 of 20
Well that is just awful! Not only is there the stupid decision to destroy the cat without any proof she HAS rabies, but then they let the cat escape!

I hope the poor kitty survives the city streets. And the poor owner-she must be worried sick! I hope that Luz somehow finds her way home.
post #16 of 20
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Originally Posted by Beckiboo
Well that is just awful! Not only is there the stupid decision to destroy the cat without any proof she HAS rabies, but then they let the cat escape!

I hope the poor kitty survives the city streets. And the poor owner-she must be worried sick! I hope that Luz somehow finds her way home.
If she was bit by a rabid bat, as the artilcle imples, then more likely than not, she has rabies. Rabies are also basically a 100 % deadly in un-vaccinated animal, it's not one of those things that an animal can recover from if she actually got it. I also don't get how in the world did they let a cat escape?
I guess to kill her, they will have to catch her first, and it's probably not very easy.
post #17 of 20
I don't think they meant to literally decapitate the cat. I believe they intend to behead her after she is euthanized. Is it possible to give a cat rabies treatments (like they do humans) after she has been bitten but before symptoms begin?
post #18 of 20
Mom and Sharky, your aversion to being taken seriously about decapitating a politician flies in the face of logic when they have little compunction against sending you into harm's way to be shot at, wounded, or worse.

Why should we bemoan the long-standing tradition of bad men sending good men out to die when we rarely take arms against the offence, and by strong protest, end it ?

I suppose it is like the "piece of paper" says, we are more inclined to tolerate than to oppose such actions, and as for the "men in suits with shades" coming to visit, I believe they have some idea of the First Amendment to the Constitution and are a bit loath to bring attention to an already tarnished image: Read Ruby Ridge and Waco, et al.

Leonard
post #19 of 20
so the death penalty is too harsh for murderers? but decapitating a cat is ok? i'm more than a little confused...this is a bit extreme i think...i mean we have gone to lethal injection for murderers but not pets? i mean really...how many people would have there pets "put to sleep" if they were decapitated instead of injected? i thought we were past the age where people took the horse out back and shot it! but it appears we've degressed even beyond that!
post #20 of 20
Is there anyone who lives in Chile or South America who has heard any follow-up on this story?
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