Published on November 1st, 2011 | by Matthew Mamo21
University Cats Killed and Tortured
A number of cats who roam the University of Malta have been found injured or killed on the University grounds during the past weeks. Steffi Borg, a 6th year Law student who found out about the cases of animal abuse on campus, told Insiter Online that University security guards have on more than one occasion found dead or injured cats, during the early hours of the morning, on campus.
Recently discovered cases included a cat found drowned in the university fountain and other cases of cats left injured with missing eyes or poisoned. Another cat, ‘Lady Monroe’, was found stoned to death beyond recognition and covered in soil with wheel signs all over its body.
All cases were reported to the police who have also offered to help security guards with rounds of patrol to assist in monitoring the campus.
Steffi Borg pointed out that cats around the University are used to people playing with them and feeding them daily, making them a defenceless target of those who find “such shameful acts amusing”. Each cat is known by a different name and are neutered and fed at an expense of the lecturers and students who care for them.
Security guards mentioned the “gangs” of skateboarders and bikers, who roam the University grounds after it is vacated by students and lecturers, as possible culprits of the constant vandalism and animal abuses. University lecturers also mentioned cases of stealing and refrained from working on weekends as they felt “intimidated”.
A Facebook group has been created, aiming at creating awareness about the issue and call for an increase of CCTV cameras installed around the campus for protection of the university grounds at all times. These security cameras, along with a request for an increase in security guard presence on campus, can help identify the perpetrators and act as a deterrent for future crimes.
KPS Social Commissioner Abigail Cremona assured students that the issue is being handled accordingly by the relevant entities; adding that a subcommittee is being set up to treat the issue of security.
… I will set up a subcommittee to discuss all this issue and ways how to improve security on campus, if the concern in question is security. … I`ve also spoke with the Security Department of University, who assured me that the situation is totally under control and that the cats on campus are well protected. I also spoke with the person who takes care of the cats on campus with Steffie and she also assured us that the cats are well protected. All parties are willing to contribute and if animal cruelty is present on campus, all of us are here to take immediate action to further ensure the protection and the welfare of cats on campus. I would like to thank Steffie for approaching us and for her dedication and cats towards animal welfare.
The group; “HELP SAVE UNIVERSITY CATS from CRUELTY!”, has gathered over 500 members over the past few hours.
See also: PCT Hunts Through Animal Cruelty Issues