August 25, 2010

Having stupidly dumped a cat in a wheelie bin last week, Mary Bale has issued a formal apology explaining the incident as “a split second of misjudgement”.

What is of more concern is the outrageous, unnecessary and wholly excessive behaviour of the crowd of people who gathered outside her house and those that set-up and contributed to a Facebook group calling for her death.

There is no way to condone Ms Bale’s behaviour but the ‘holier than thou’ approach of those reacting to her action needs people to get something worthwhile to worry about. Of those campaigning and protesting, I wonder how many have done stupid and possibly illegal things but been fortunate enough not to be seen, let alone captured on CCTV?

Undoubtedly the cat’s owners were incensed by the discovery of their incarcerated cat but they have already contacted the police and posted the video online so, have achieved equilibrium, if not revenge. To make matters worse, media outlets published the video and news stories showing the incident thereby exacerbating and inflamming public response.

Ms Bale will undoubtedly be ostracised by many people as a result of her action and it may result in many difficulties throughout her life and work in the immediate future. If that isn’t sufficient ‘punishment’ for someone who has stated she is “profoundly sorry” and is unlikely to be so foolish again then let the law decide, not those who wish to take the law into their own hands.

When will people and the media start to use the internet for sensible purposes instead of putting people’s lives at risk? Will it actually take the death of someone before it is identified how gullible people can be and how quickly they can be whipped up into a useless frenzy of threats and destruction?

P.S. The cat is ‘fine’ though probably avoiding bins… let’s hope the same can be said for Mary Bale.

Last updated: August 25, 2010 at 3:56 pm