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Debunking bonsai kittens

Debunking bonsai kittens

When this website first came out I remembered being completely horrified that anyone could do this to a kitten. Of course this was many years ago and I didn’t really think much of “fake” sites. To me they’re literally shoving a poor kitten in a jar and preserving it. I never really looked into the credibility this site, I mean this could technically happen. Some people in this world have and will do much worse to other living creatures.

The overall design of the site seems like an amateur made it, it’s just plain, black and white, no wow factor. There’s only a number at the top, no address, no contact email, and no method of payment. They have a guest book where people can write about their site. Some of the comments that people had made are reasonable. I wasn’t surprised to see people saying that they “reported” this site. What surprised me is what bonsai kitten wrote back to those comments, some were not professional.

On the home page they give you a little introduction about what bonsai kittens are and where the idea came from. In this section I did find two spelling errors. They’re small mistakes, and only two, but I would think a real company would make sure all the spelling is perfect.

“A bonsai plant, along with its more widely encountered counterpart the topiary garden, achieves its miniature yet mature form through a long and delicate process of trimming during the formative years of the tree. It is not possible to trim a kitten! However, fortunately the Oriental artists of y

ore were also expert (sic) in the modification of animal forms. …. Just as a topiary gardener produces bushes that take the forms of animals or any other thing, you no longer need be satisfied with a housepet (sic) having the same mundane shape as all other members of its species. With Bonsai Kitten, a world of variation awaits you, limited only by your own imagination.”

There’s no surprise that reading into the “procedure” this easily classifies as animal torture. A lot of other people did as well and the FBI actually started to investigate into the truth behind this website. In 1999 Bill Clinton had signed a law that stated “Whoever knowingly creates, sells, or possesses a depiction of animal cruelty with the intention of placing that depiction in interstate or foreign commerce for commercial gain, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than 5 years, or both.”

After the investigation people started to realize that this site was a hoax and started warming up to the joke.

I also checked this website on snopes.com. Here they gave me a list of factors to prove this site is fake. Such as, the kittens would die inside the jar long before they were ever molded. The site offers no way to purchase these kittens. If this was real there would definitely be a payment button. And the site does not display any actual pictures of the finished product. There are pictures of a cat walking into the jar, but none where the cat is actually molded.

 A lot of jokes have been made about kittens in jars. In 2006, Worth 1000 held another photo-shopping contest, where members would show proof of urban legends. This picture won that years contest. 
( This picture is the property of Worth 1000)
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