Andrea Peyser's controversial New York Post article
"The stupid cat had it coming," writes New York Post columnist Andrea Peyser in a controversial article she wrote blasting Lisa Altobelli and the New York court system for "eating up precious court time and tax dollars" over a dead cat.
Norman, Lisa Altobelli's beloved tabby cat, was bludgeoned to death by her ex-boyfriend, Joseph Petcka, who claims he killed Norman in self-defense after being bitten on the hand.
"Why can't we just ask Petcka to clean a few hundred litter boxes, and end this fiasco?" Miss Peyser writes in the New York Post article titled "Felonious Ball of Fur Deserved Every Blow," which has outraged many readers.
The article has stirred up quite a controversy, as some of the following reader comments can attest:
"I have been a fan of Ms. Peyser for a while. And I am extremely disappointed in this column. I have an orange Manx, who exhibits similar traits to Norman. He is protective of me, doesn't like my boyfriend and does not let my boyfriend pet him, and has an attitude problem. But he is my cat, and I love him. And if my boyfriend or anyone else hurt him, I would not be a good force to deal with.
The point is, Norman was an cat. Who is more evolved, cat or human? Who has the capacity (especially when outweighing the opponent by 100 pounds or more) to walk away from a confrontation? This man was wrong, and deserves to be punished. He had a choice- walk away and call animal control, break up with his girlfriend because her cat didnt like him, or just leave the cat alone. And he made the extreme choice that cannot be undone. He is an animal, brutal, acting on primitive impulses and cold. I hope they throw the book at him.
Ms. Peyser, I am extremely disappointed in your attitude toward this. I know I can't change your opinion, but the least you can do is show a little compassion for a species that is constantly regarded as lower than humans. If they truly are less than us, then the better of the two (this man) had a responsibility to make the right choice. And he didn't"
"It's a shame when you read the news and realize how many losers are out there...Including Peyser. I guess she is attempting to get noticed by "shocking" people. Tip for Peyser: when you look like a horse you should definitely stand up against animal cruelty!!"
"Ms Peyser, what is wrong with you? This was not a column written by a mentally and emotionally well person. Seek help. "
"You are simply ignorant. I have no idea how the Post can pay you for writing such ill-informed, abusive garbage. Not that abusing an animal isn't reason enough for this coward to face jailtime, but are you not aware of the connection between animal cruelty and domestic violence? According to the Humane Society, 85% of battered women enterring shelters reported pet abuse in their household. Animal cruelty is not only repulsive but is an indication of one's capacity for violence to other living creatures...including humans."
"I think everyone who is offended by this joke of a writer should send all of their dirty kitty litter to Andrea at the NY Post. Let's barrage her with it."
Read about the killing and view the photos that started it all - Joseph Petcka: Cat Killer Claims Self-Defense