Halloween was celebrated with much enthusiasm in many Western countries like US and Canada last week. A fun and haunted atmosphere is created with people donning scary costumes, sharing ghost stories, displaying jack-o-lanterns and recreating other scary myths spiritedly during Halloween festival.
Re-creating mythical characters and stories is fun, as long as it is kept in the domain of fiction. The issue arises when fiction and reality merge into one another leading to problematic consequences. I am talking about the black cat and its plight during Halloween.
|The Evil Cat(wearing the witch hat)|
The Humane Society of New York was one such organization that had banned the adoption of black cats during the Halloween time.There were other organizations that were equally apprehensive about the fate of the black cat during Halloween, but instead of a ban, they tightened the adoption measures, making them more strict.
|Why blame a black cat for ill-luck and treat an innocent creature badly? Courtesy:catspictures.net|
There's no problem at all, if black cats are adopted for the good reasons. I personally find them very cute, adorable and intelligent. Even though many others view them otherwise and not adopt them. Firstly, because they are black and secondly, they are cats(and less cute than dogs) and thirdly, because they are both. Studies show that they are 50% less likely to be adopted in comparison to other pets. Halloween only adds to the superstitions, lessening their chances.
But then safety of the cats should be of utmost importance. There are chances that black cats may be injured out of the spirit (misinterpreted) of Halloween and be subjected to ill-treatment through dangerous pranks. A ban during this period may be a healthier option in that case.