Target: The Peruvian Government
Goal: Stop the disturbing practice of drowning cats during annual festival.
Every year, during the “Cat’s Party” festival, people force cats down into buckets of water until each cat slowly drowns to death. Then, the people cook and eat the cats. This “cat drowning” is part of a religious practice. Peruvian law, however, mandates that only authorized personnel may perform any religious animal sacrifice and that the method of killing the animal must be the most humane method possible. A slow, drowning death is completely unacceptable under this standard. It inhumanely inflicts extreme terror in the cat.
PETA captured undercover footage of last year’s festival. The festival is called the “Cat’s Party” or “Party of the Curruñao.” According to PETA, 100 cats are drowned part of the feast of St. Efigenia in the village of La Quebrada in San Luis de Cañete, Peru. One hundred cats are terrified as they are submerged into water to drown to death. The townspeople then cook and eat the cat bodies. Although the practice is part of a religious tradition, it is cruel and inhumane because it inflicts unnecessary agony in a helpless, feeling animal.
Drowning is a painful, horrific experience. When the cat drowns, it suffers respiratory impairment. Moreover, although the cat feels terrified, it cannot scream in agony because the underwater suffocation muffles any noise. Put simply, this practice is disturbing.
Sign the petition below to demand the Peruvian government to enforce its laws and stop the practice of slowly drowning hundreds of cats annually.
Dear Peruvian Government Official:
During the “Cat’s Party” festival, people force cats in buckets of water until each cat slowly drowns to death. Then, townspeople cook and eat the cats. Peruvian law mandates that only authorized personnel may perform any religious animal sacrifice and the sacrifice must kill the animal in the most humane way possible. A slow, drowning death does meet this standard. In fact, it is completely unacceptable because it inflicts cruel and unusual pain on cats.
We demand you enforce the law, and stop the practice of slowly drowning hundreds of cats annually.
[Your Name Here]
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