PORTLAND -- The group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has weighed in on the issue of "Lux," the Portland house cat whose family called 911 to say his erratic behavior had forced them to hole up in a bedroom.
Here's the statement from PETA Senior Vice President of Cruelty Investigations Daphna Nachminovitch:
There are many ways to foster appropriate behavior in our animal companions, but violence—including kicking and spanking—should never be one of them. PETA encourages all families to use positive reinforcement, which allows animals to learn quickly without losing trust in their guardians. If Lux's family cannot patiently help him adjust his behavior, then Lux may be better off in a more suitable home—and we will reach out to the local humane society to offer our help in convincing Lux's family to find a new home for him.
Background: House cat goes berserk, scares Portland family