Kim Kardashian Cat-Holding Controversy Sparks Outrage Among Animal Rights Organizations

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals teaches Kim K how to hold the pussy! Kim Kardashian’s copping a bit of flak and sparking outrage for posting this pic of her holding a kitty by the scruff of the neck on her Twitter page this week..

“Pic from my shoot yesterday…good kitty cat!” Kim wrote in a posting on Monday, raising the ire of PETA.

Now the outspoken animal rights organization are using the reality star to raise awareness on how to safely hold a kitten.

“Kim Kardashian isn’t the only person who mistakenly thinks that because a mother cat picks up her kittens by the scruff of the neck that a supportive hand under the rump isn’t needed. But I’ll bet plenty of fans have let her know – nicely, we hope!”

The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals seems to agree: “It is permissible to hold a kitten by his or her scruff for a brief amount of time… [but] the manner in which Ms. Kardashain is holding the kitten could lead others to mishandle animals.”

However, the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals’ spokesman Michael Beatty said the pose was less controversial than many people think.

“To be honest, we probably handle them like that most of the time,” Beatty said. “But if it’s a larger cat, we’d put the hand under the rump. She’s at least half right.”

Worried that some people may take her bust-baring TwitPic the wrong way, the reality show star quickly took to her blog to assure fans that the feline was not harmed.

“Hey guys! So yesterday I was doing a photo shoot with an adorable black kitty cat and I Twitpic’d this picture… I have been getting negative comments regarding the way I was holding the kitty, but rest assured, the owner and vet were on set and showed me how to pick him up. The cat was not harmed in any way and is perfectly fine! I love animals and would never do anything to harm any animals.”

I used to work in an animal hospital and this is also the way that I was taught to pick up cats. I’ve never seen any kittens harmed by scruff-holding — after all, isn’t that how mama cats carry their young? Sounds like another case of PETA making a mountain out of a molehill, as usual.

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