We have all seen, heard, or experienced the ugliness of discrimination. As much as we would like to believe otherwise, racism is alive and well in modern society. Does it extend to our feline friends as well? Perhaps. Then again, maybe we are simply conditioned by a lifetime of hearing negative superstitions. Maybe it is something else.
While the reason may be debatable, the facts are not. And the fact remains that countless loyal, loving, innocent cats are subjected to abuse, abandoned, or perpetually overlooked in shelters, simply because of the color of their fur.
How differently, and unfairly, do we treat black cats? According to an article published in Huffington Post last year, over a quarter of Americans say that color is important or very important when choosing a pet. Half of those surveyed said that color does not matter at all. Yet, white cats are 2.7 times more likely to be adopted from shelters than black cats are.
Halloween horrors... or not
Black cats and Halloween go together like bunnies and Easter, except the connotations are not so pleasant. It's a time when the dedicatedly superstitions may fear black cats, and animal lovers fear for those cats' safety. Fortunately, it seems that such fear is unfounded.