When I saw this report by Harrier Arkell of the Daily Mail I knew I had to put aside some work and do this blog post - 70% of 1000 abandoned cats in RSPCA (UK) were black cats and I find it silly and really irresponsible of owners to allegedly abandon their black cats due to the fact that they are ‘hard to photograph’ and, as suggested by the RSPCA,
“because they don’t look good in selfies”.
I thought the days of selfies were long gone (can I say the same for hipsters?)
Please tell me this isn’t true - that humans are so disconnected from the value of life and the love of pets that they are doing this despicable thing. I know as a species we have a poor record in caring for animals but this is just hitting a low level of the moronic. I hope the RSPCA are blaming selfies to shock people into caring more.
I’d like to think that having black pets is a privilege. And they are not difficult to photograph and with some skill you can bring out the definition in their faces. Just look at these two - and I’m sure you can tell them apart (not just from their size differences). I hope people don’t ‘get a pet’ just because they would like to selfie them - grow-up, a pet is a lifetime commitment. Ours came and chose to live with us - we didn’t pick cats, and certainly didn’t mind black cats - we love them very much no matter what.