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Black Cats and Halloween

By Denise Noe
Halloween is a lot of fun for people of all ages. For children, it means dressing up as ghosts, goblins, witches, and skeletons, enthusiastic trick-or-treating, scary stories and old-fashioned but perennially popular games like bobbing for apples. For grown-ups as well as kids, it can mean enjoying mock haunted houses and decorating yards and homes with jack-o’-lanterns and images of bats and black cats. This holiday is cherished for much the same reasons horror movies are so thrilling: the danger is pretend.

Unfortunately, for some of the small, furry, four-footed creatures that share our world, this season is one that threatens in a way that is all-too-real. The long association of witches and the occult with black cats means that not only are their paper likenesses harmlessly hung on walls but that some emotionally disturbed people “sacrifice” them around this time. David DeWitt, Public Relations Director for Fulton County Animal Services in Georgia, explains, “I know that around the country, there are more cases of animal abuse involving black cats around Halloween.”

Read the original article at: Mens News Daily

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