Want to see a cat disappear? For cat lovers, the video of a woman throwing a cat into a garbage bin has definitely got to be one of the more maddening videos on the Internet. For the casual observer, one might find the woman’s behavior in the video a bit odd, perhaps somewhat amusing, until one realizes that the cat could have died. For the cat hater, the video is most likely downright funny — until one realizes that the cat could have died. Regardless of how one views cats, viewing the video will more than likely spark some type of response. But taken to its logical end, the cat could have died (it was shut inside the dumpster bin for 15 hours as it was) or been killed, and that makes the video of the woman petting the cat, then grabbing it and throwing it into a nearby dumpster bin, one that is more disturbing than anything else.
TMZ posted the video Monday of the woman in Coventry, England, caught on surveillance video putting the cat in the garbage bin. They got it from Gawker. Gawker got it from YouTube. YouTube got it from a poster who seemed a bit taken aback by the woman’s strange behavior, giving the video the title of “Genuine psychopath caught on camera.”
There is something petty and cruel about the woman’s actions. She stops to pet the animal, then, as if disliking it for arching its back and being friendly, the woman repays the feline by tossing it into a garbage bin and dropping the lid on it. There is a definite deception at work, where the intent of the woman was disguised in her pausing to seemingly enjoy the cat’s company. She then looks around as if making certain that there are no eyes upon her to see what manner of cruelty she is about to inflict. She then leads the cat toward the garbage bin, lifts the lid quickly, grabs the cat, and in it goes. The woman walks away.
Some might call it a harmless act, an act of mischief and somewhat immature. After all, the cat was found and released.
But it wasn’t released for 15 hours. It could have starved to death or been crushed by something being thrown in the bin on top of it. How harmless was that?
Animal cruelty? Passive aggressive? Sneaky? Most definitely.
Part of the information inset on the YouTube video reads: “Video has gone viral and The Sun newspaper has run a story on their website so it’s just a matter of time before this lady is identified, I’m sure.”
In the meantime, people of Coventry who have missing cats might want to check their garbage dumpsters. The video of the woman throwing the cat in the bin follows.