A Canadian celebrity gamer has provoked outrage online after tossing her cat over her shoulder in an act of alleged animal cruelty. The performance has been seen more than six million times since it aired on the live-streaming video platform Twitch.
By, 26 Jul 2019
ATTENTION: @TwitchSupport,— PETA - #EndSpeciesism (@peta) July 19, 2019
Take a stand for cats & please remove Alinity from @Twitch immediately. She is using the platform to post animal abuse, which sends a dangerous message to anyone watching her videos. Cats are not props to abuse for more views 🐱pic.twitter.com/EsIsB5o6Tf
Natalia Mogollon of Saskatchewan province is already notorious for her no-nonsense, sometimes offensive behaviour, but dropping a cat seems to have been a step too far.
Previous acts of anger and/or stupidity include kicking her dog for following the cat around, and ‘kissing’ vodka into her cat’s mouth.
In the latest video, Mogollon - who twitches under the name Alinity - suddenly snaps and grabs the cat from out of shot, where it was apparently interfering with her game. She then appears to throw the creature over her shoulder – although Mogollon later claimed that she merely dropped the cat to its feet out of shot.
Mogollon apologized on Twitter as the brutal tidal wave of social media outrage cascaded upon her:
“Hey everyone, I understand the concern and I am sorry for my lapses in judgement. I shouldnt have gotten frustrated with Milo, but I dropped him on the floor behind my chair. I'm not that strong :P . The Vodka thing was well over a year ago but it was also a stupid thing to do.” [All typing errors faithfully copied from original tweet].
But several onlookers had already notified the police and animal protection agencies such as the Saskatoon SPCA.
“A formal cruelty complaint regarding this matter has been filed with our Animal Protection department and is currently under investigation,” tweeted the Saskatoon SPCA, in response to being ‘tagged’ into a thread about Mogollon’s actions.
“Cats are not props”
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals stepped up to request Mogollon be ‘de-Twitched.’
“Take a stand for cats & please remove Alinity from @Twitch immediately,” the organization tweeted. “She is using the platform to post animal abuse, which sends a dangerous message to anyone watching her videos. Cats are not props to abuse for more views.”
Others have questioned how the gamer must treat her animals off-camera if this is what she does to them when people are watching. But Mogollon, who counts nearly 900,000 followers on Twitch, claims her animal parenting should pass official scrutiny.
“I also understand the desire to report me to pet authorities and encourage anyone to do so if they feel pets are being mistreated, by anyone, anywhere,” she tweeted. “My animals are well loved, and live in a warm and caring home, and I will comply with any authority that seeks to validate this.”