Thursday, February 22, 2007

Note to Hillsborough County Animal Services: Relax

There is a huge hubbub about a promotion that a certain American fast food chain is employing.

It all started with a Checkers commercial featuring a character called Rap Cat, a puppet doing a little ditty, and people were so taken with the ad and character that the company received a lot of mail requesting that the chain release merchandise, which they have, but one particular item has made a lot of people hot under the collar.

When you get takeout from the Checkers, your paper bag is after a few strategic scissor cuts, a costume for your cat to make them Rap Cat. Hillsborough County Animal Services has claimed that putting the paper bag on your cat is cruel, and could set you up for charges of felony animal cruelty charges.

You've got to be kidding me.

I admit that yes, there are cats that would not be a fan of being dressed up in a paper bag jersey, that is a given. But people dress their pets up all the time, and they are not charged with felonies. I mean, when you go to dress a pet up, you generally have a good idea by that point if they will let you do it. I mean, there are dogs and cats out there that are so mellow and laidback that they'd be down with donning a paper bag costume. My sister has such a cat and I am sure that quite a few of my readers have pets with similar qualities.

To paraphrase the great scholar Garth Algar, the HCAS has to live in the now. Do they not have better things to investigate than this? It would be great if this was the most pressing matter that was facing animals, but sadly, I do not think that is the case.

This is all a matter of common sense and Rap Cat is not the end of the world.

Speaking of Rap Cat: The Best Phone Prank this week.


Mr. Fabulous said...

I dress my cat up in leather and spank him.

Don't judge.

MC said...

*thinks monkey would have been funnier*