My Turn, Your Turn: Cat killings at Carolina Beach

By Gary McNair - bio|email

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) -- Like me, you were probably shocked last month to hear about the cat killings and shootings in and around Carolina Beach. At its core this is a story that can be reduced to who, what, when, where and why.

It is so easy to get self righteous about such an issue. Certainly we can ask who in the world would kill a defenseless animal?

And no one can argue that when the perpetrator gets caught they deserve the toughest penalties the law allows.  But once we get done sending them off to jail, there will still be plenty of blame to go around.

Some of the animals shot were household pets.  And I think it's fair to ask; what kind of pet owner allows their animals to just roam the streets. We don't let our dogs roam free and the phrase "outdoor cat" should be stricken from our vocabulary.

The rest of the cats were feral; stray animals with no-where to go - left on the streets to breed with each other and creating a never ending cycle.  This leaves us all to wonder: Why?  Why aren't more people adopting these animals and giving them homes?

It would be impossible to explain or excuse this brutal and barbaric crime and I am not trying to do that. Still, it would be a mistake to deny there is a larger problem here.  And if we really want to portray ourselves as loving these animals, we need to address those issues as well.

That's my turn.  Now it's your turn.  Leave your comments below or email me, here.