Taking on the Crisis of Violence Toward Cats

Wesley (the cat) survived a cruel gunshot wound thanks to the treatment at the Becky Robinson Alley Cat Allies Veterinary Hospital in Louisiana, which is operated by Big Sky Ranch/CATNIP Foundation

Our society is experiencing an epidemic of violence toward cats that poses a severe public health threat. Although harm to animals is strongly linked to harm to people, acts of cruelty continue to go unreported and unprosecuted. We are taking action to reverse this crisis through our new Stop Cruelty to Cats campaign.

In March, Becky Robinson announced the nationwide campaign in New Orleans, teaming up with the Humane Society of Louisiana (HSLA). She and Jeff Dorson, executive director at HSLA, held a press conference at the scene of suspected cruelty in which 14 cats were reported missing by their grieving owner. Stop Cruelty to Cats is pursuing the case.

Although animal cruelty is a crime in all 50 states, it is routinely overlooked by law enforcement and the courts. Predators continue to walk free in our communities. Stop Cruelty to Cats is creating systems and infrastructure to strengthen reporting of cruelty and enforcement of anti-cruelty laws. Because to protect cats is to protect us all.

Learn more: Anti-Cruelty

Becky Robinson and Jeff Dorson, executive director at the Humane Society of Louisiana, speak with reporters about the new Stop the Cruelty campaign in front of a Westwego home where 14 cats were reported missing.

ANIMAL CRUELTY: Understanding the Link

Violent acts toward cats are not isolated, and well-established research has identified the link between violence toward cats and violence toward humans,” said Becky Robinson, president and founder of Alley Cat Allies. “Stop Cruelty to Cats will help law enforcement understand this connection, and that cats have intrinsic value, suffer, and feel pain—and it is wrong to think otherwise.”

Learn more: Animal Cruelty Facts: Understanding the Law and the Link