More than 34,000 animal lovers have signed a petition launched by lawmaker Roy Kwong by to protest against the ‘arrest’ of a pharmacy shop cat after it allegedly scratched a child in Kwun Tong last Friday. The feline in question, Marble, is being accused, by a Chinese mother, of scratching her son and leaving him with a 5mm mark.
Having reviewed their CCTV footage, the shopkeepers at Wiseman Medicine Company Limited claim the alleged scratch was not caused by Marble but have offered to pay for medical expenses regardless. Dissatisfied, the mother has lodged a complaint with the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD). Government staff have since visited the pharmacy and warned the owners they must keep Marble at home since, technically, animals are not allowed in pharmacies. They have also booked an appointment to ‘arrest’ the mog and take it to a government centre for a seven-day examination.
Marble, who is used to prowling around the pharmacy and interacting with neighbourhood residents, is now said to be depressed and has lost its appetite – an understandable reaction for anyone accused of a crime they seemingly didn’t commit. Thousands of people have flocked to sign the petition to prevent Marble getting sent to kitty prison. Here’s hoping the AFCD cancel the arrest and that evidence exonerates Marble.
If you wish to sign the petition yourself, visit here.