Corner Brook rally organizer couldn’t stand back as animals are abused and neglected
CORNER BROOK, N.L. — Angela Street has owned her cat, Kyou, for 14 years. In that time, she’s moved apartments and provinces, and Kyou has made the moves with her.
“Every time I made sure that my animals could come with me.”
She brought Kyou to a rally recently held in Corner Brook calling for changes to animal cruelty laws.
Organized by Kat Smith, the rally was held in response to the violent killing of a cat, Mittens, in Port aux Basques in September.
The two people — Jody Anderson and Peter Rossiter — charged in connection with Mitten’s death were to appear in provincial court in Port aux Basques the same day as the rally.
“Mittens was an elderly cat,” began Street, outside the Royal Canadian Mounted Police detachment. A group of about 50 people, some who had also brought their pets, had gathered there after walking from the Corner Brook Civic Centre.
She paused as Kyou began to meow loudly.
“I hate the idea that anybody would hurt an animal and in such a brutal way. Why wouldn’t you just give it to someone else? It’s heartbreaking and it’s senseless."
Smith grew up with a love of animals and was taught to protect them.
“After seeing so much abuse and neglect and cruelty grow in this province in the last year,” she said. “And then to hear about this cruel murder of Mittens, it just sent it over the top.”
The young animal activist, who saves lost, abandoned and stray animals and helps out area rescues, felt she had to do something.
“There was just no way that I could stand back and not try to have something done in this situation.”
She wanted to be there to show support for the people involved in the rescue group In
Memory of Shadow in Port aux Basques.
Smith and those gathered want to see Anderson and Rossiter, if convicted, punished to the full extent of the law. They also want changes to make those laws stronger and will be forming a committee to push for those changes.
“We need bills put into place and laws that will better protect animal rights. They’re still looked as no more than human property here in Canada and they need to be looked at as sentimental beings with feelings.
“They’re lives, they’re innocent and they deserve to be treated with respect.”
The Western Star was unable to confirm by publication deadline the results of the court appearances.
The court process could be a long one but Smith said she’ll keep up the fight.
“Because justice does need to be served, and it’s not only on the matter of Mittens. It’s the matter of our county, our province. There’s so many animals being abused and neglected. I will keep up fighting for their rights and their protection.”
Angela Street holds her cat, Kyou, during a rally in Corner Brook last week, calling for justice in the recent death of a cat in Port aux Basques and for changes in animal cruelty laws.