Previously published in Examiner
conclusion of the black cat article
The black cat myth continues
In Europe, whenever there was bad luck of any kind such as a bad harvest, it was naturally the witch that was blamed for it. Black cats were their familiars, their companions in evil. Black cats were said to have special powers and witches could even transform into black cats. Many women and their black cats were put to death because of the widespread paranoia over witches, evil, and black cats.
Unfortunately many of these women said to be witches were actually shamans or healers, knowledgeable in herbal remedies. Their important service to the community was lost because of their untimely deaths.
Warnings from Montreal SPCA and other animal shelters across North America
These myths and superstitions have trickled down through the centuries and still there are, people of today who are afraid of black cats. Many animal sheltersreport that they have difficulty having pure black cats adopted.
Since Halloween is the time for witches, goblins, and ghouls of all kinds, of course the black cat will be a favorite Montreal Halloween display. However, the sad part is they are not only a display in a fictitious scene on someone’s balcony, they are actually sought out, mutilated and sacrificed by some very sick-minded individuals.
Black cats as well as other animals have been sacrificed on Halloween since medieval times, either by satanic cults or the Christianchurch. However, www.scopes.commaintains that actual historical accounts of this practice cannot be verified; yet the legend lives on. Scopes did contact various animal sheltersto ask about the phenomena and was told that the amount of animal abuse in general rises during Halloween time and is largely the result of kids torturing animals rather than actual satanic cults. Either way, these animals are being needlessly hurt.
Pet shelters across North America warn black cat owners to keep their pets in the house about three weeks before Halloween just in case. The Montreal SPCA will not allow black cat adoption around Halloween as a precautionary measure.
Whether it’s satanic rituals or kids setting cats on fire, be safe rather than sorry by keeping all your animals at home around Halloween; especially your black cats.