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HALLOWEEN: Pagans aren’t the reason I keep my cat indoors

Letter by L. Lisa Lawrence, Tacoma on Oct. 31, 2012 at 3:23 pm with No Comments »
October 31, 2012 3:23 pm

The tone of your article about keeping black cats indoors on Halloween was extremely offensive to those who follow earth based religions, and I am now sorry I agreed to be interviewed for it.

As I explained to your reporter, my kitty is kept indoors year round for fear of her getting hit by a car, getting injured in cat fights, being exposed to diseases and being subject to raccoon predation.

House cats decimate wild bird populations and anger neighbors by using their flower beds as litter boxes, so it is also about being a good neighbor.

Yes, Halloween would be a bad night for her to get out when I answer the door to trick-or-treaters, not because of Pagans looking for animals to sacrifice, but because it would be easy for her to become scared by all the commotion and dart in front of a car in the dark and/or she could be kicked or mistreated by religious zealots who think she’s evil or bad luck out of ignorance.

Your articles’ mention of allegations of Pagans sacrificing animals is not only false, but misleading and adds to the misconceptions that already surround these misunderstood and maligned creatures.

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