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Thursday, March 02, 2006

Help Shut Down "Bonsai Kitten"

Another update. Read on -- this one's important.

A good Vegan friend of mine just forwarded me an email she received from her Women's Studies TA. In the letter (which is actually a petition, by the way), there is a link to a website called www.bonsaikitten.com.

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The title sounds cute, I know -- but when I actually checked it out, I was disgusted.

Basically, the site's creator is a guy from New York City who is torturing kittens by cramming them into containers in order to disfigure their "rubbery" young skeletons. What's even worse is that he's planning on selling all the equipment one needs to perform this torture on his site! I mean, doing this to innocent creatures is bad enough, but the fact he's broadcasting this shit to the world in an attempt to turn a profit? Fuck, man -- I'm sorry, but I'm not going to stand for that. I hope you won't, either.

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The equipment he lists includes a variety of things, such as: "containment vessels" (just cheap glass jars you'd store flour in, or something); muscle relaxants to enable the insertion of the feeding tube, which is essential to keep the cat alive in its container; super glue to keep the animal in one place once in the jar; drills for making the air holes -- some fucking sick stuff.

I'm pleading with anyone who reads this to either e-mail the creator of this site at webmeowster@bonsaikitten.com and demand he shut it down, or, if you have come across the e-mail petition I mentioned, to please put your name on it. If we can rally enough people together on this, maybe getting some media attention or something, people are going to take notice and put this guy in jail. I don't know how he isn't already.

-Preston.

20 Comments:

At 7:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I thought you made this up, but a quick glace at this site proved me wrong.

I shouldn't be surprised that anyone would be willing to cram a little kitty into a jar, but America is full of a lot of sick people.

Nice job, Preston. Seriously. I never would have imagined this to be the problem that it is.

Or circumcision, either, for that matter. You've been really opening my eyes. You are doing all the things I wish I could myself.

 
At 7:29 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why do you sign your entries? i.e. "-Preston"?

Who else would be writing them, after all?

I bet you were the kind of kid who practised fancy signatures on the back of his notebook in class, too. "One day, when I'm Famous and Somebody, everyone will be sorry they weren't nicer to me," you thought.

What's that Preston? Another Vegan Nazi tirade to unload on me? Sorry, my ears are stuffed with the enormous breasts of my hot girlfriend, I can't hear you.

Captain Awesome

 
At 7:50 PM, Blogger Preston said...

Anonymous #1 - Thank you for posting. If you're interested in helping out, please contact the webmaster of that site and express your feelings.

Anonymous #2 - Thanks for nothing. Fuck off, will ya? This is a serious post and you're not helping matters.

 
At 11:11 PM, Blogger Prmod Bafna said...

That is truly sad. Why would anyone wanna do such things to the poor kittens :s Sad how people do things.. Lovely post of creating awareness! And dont bother about these anon hate comments.. they are infact, cowards.. Great work! keep it rolling!

 
At 12:44 AM, Blogger xsparklerx said...

Man, stupid bonsai kittens, this drives me crazy.
This site is a total fake with photoshopped pictures.
This is the reply I got when I emailed PETA about it in January 2005:

Dear Friend,
Thank you for contacting us about BonsaiKitten.com. We share your
disgust with this disturbing Web site and are extremely concerned about
its influence. We have received word that the FBI has decided to
investigate this web site. This has come as a direct result of calls and
emails that have been flooding their offices. Please let them know that
you are concerned as well. You can file a complaint at the following Web
site: www.ifccfbi.gov This is a reporting center Web site set up
by the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) for Internet fraud and
other forms of Internet crime.
Although we have found this site to be a "joke," we still feel it is
inappropriate and certainly not funny. The Humane Society of the United
States (HSUS) investigated the origin of the site and found that the
name and address under which the site is registered, a "Dr. Michael Wong
in New York," is false information. The site was reportedly created by a
student at M.I.T. as a joke among friends. When this site initially
appeared in December, a local humane organization did get involved on a
local level in checking out this person but discovered no evidence of
actual animal abuse having occurred. We believe that the Web site's
creator was simply trying to generate attention by upsetting people who
care about animals.
So far, it has been an uphill battle, as the only law that even remotely
covers issues like this is a law that covers e-mailed obscenities;
therefore, if the site is not in violation of the host's user agreement,
no law is being violated, and the site can remain up. As you may know,
this site has been closed down several times before but continues to
reappear with different Web addresses. We are hopeful that with enough
complaints filed with the FBI, stressing the influence it may have on
cases of actual cruelty, it will be removed permanently.
While the cruelty depicted on this Web site is a sick joke, the reality
is that billions of animals suffer horrendously cramped conditions in
factory farms. Chickens, calves, and pigs are crammed into cages so
small they cannot turn or stretch. Veal calves ("byproducts" of the milk
industry) are chained in small crates for the duration of their short
lives, chickens are squeezed into cages with no more space than a folded
newspaper, and pregnant and nursing pigs are caged so they can barely
move. For more information about how animals suffer on factory farms, go
to http://www.peta-online.org/mc/facts/fsveg3.html and
http://www.meatstinks.com/.
Thank you again for taking the time to contact us about this issue and
for all you do to help animals.
Sincerely,
PETA Staff

 
At 5:37 AM, Blogger Preston said...

Huh. Yeah, I kinda thought it was fake, too.

Still, I'm very angered by the content on that site and would like to have it shut down so that those who enjoy laughing at suffering animals will have to search elsewhere.

- Preston

 
At 5:44 AM, Blogger Wardo said...

I'm amazed PETA would waste a single minute on a site that is clearly a joke, which contains nothing that is remotely disturbing. The fact that the author owns two cats means the guy probably likes his animals.

Sparklerx, people like you (and by extension, PETA, and other hippie losers who have commented on this blog) are worthless drains on society with too much time on your hands. I hope your soy-based products give you cancer, and the estrogen-mimicking chemicals in it give Preston man-boobs. Be right back...

...back. Just to be an ass, I slapped my own cat around a bit, and then put her in my dryer for my own amusement. It's just like a ride at the fair for her! And puke is easily wiped up. Please, don't sic PETA on me! BAH HA HA!

 
At 9:21 AM, Blogger Mandy said...

Hi Preston,

This site has been causing a ruckus for a few years now. I base the fact that it's still circulating the internet on the fact that so many people are trying to shut it down. Honestly, if we ignore it, it will go away. By creating awareness about it, we are giving power to the owner of the site.

The site, by itself is basically harmless. It's the people who might get the wrong impression from the site that make it more dangerous. Let's not promote it and create awareness surrounding the site any more.

Just my thoughts on the matter.

:)

 
At 10:00 AM, Blogger Preston said...

Well, if that site is a fake, it's a very good fake. Needless to say, I'm still a little embarrassed that I fell for it.

Still, there's no need for comments attacking either myself or my blog's frequent visitors.

We're all friends here, so let's keep it friendly, mmkay?

 
At 12:23 PM, Blogger Erin said...

I think the issue is even if this Web site is a hoax, it's glorifying something pretty grotesque. A joke's a joke, but it's more about the attitude towards animals we have in general... the culture "bonsai kitten" comes from. Thanks for posting this... definitely a weird site and a weird idea.

 
At 10:00 AM, Blogger camera shy said...

What the fuck!!

people never
cease to amaze me
in wonderous
and horrific ways
and sometimes both
our lives are
carwrecks
and we all
are driving by
and gawking

thankful
the ruined lives
arent our own

 
At 10:36 AM, Blogger Mateo said...

http://www.sophos.com/virusinfo/hoaxes/bonsai.html

 
At 10:36 AM, Blogger Mateo said...

http://www.snopes.com/critters/crusader/bonsai.asp

 
At 10:37 AM, Blogger Mateo said...

http://www.cruel.com/sub/bonsai.shtml

 
At 3:11 PM, Blogger Preston said...

Thank you, m. canstin, but we've already established that the site is fake.

-Preston

 
At 1:00 AM, Blogger Mateo said...

Yeah, sorry.

I just kind of skimmed the comments before I posted those. My mistake.

However, now that I have read the thread a bit more closely I would like to contribute.

I found it a bit unsettling to read that PETA is trying to find a way to prosecute the author of bonsaikittens. It breaks my heart that an apparently progressive organization could be so short-sighted as to attack civil liberties for reasons of bad taste.

I find mandy's solution to be the most level-headed. Yay mandy.

 
At 7:50 PM, Blogger Cynthia said...

its a hoax, chill.

 
At 10:12 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Whoa! Does Blog This always write in form poetry?

 
At 5:11 PM, Blogger Gazelda said...

Hi Preston,
I got into a car accident last week. I hit a smart car. It's totalled. My bike is fine though so don’t worry.

I love eating animals. Game is my favourite. Free-range chicken is good. A free-range chicken is like a homeless chicken. It roams around not knowing what it's for. This makes it taste better. I also love rabbit. Hasenpfeffer. If you can find an escaped rabbit, that's even better. Some little girl's bunny that got away. You can taste the love and tears.

 
At 12:48 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

OMG Peston, you suck at HTML!!!!

 

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