Health Editor’s Note: We have 8 of these fine fellows and girls around here. Did you know that in the U.S. black cats are generally not available for adoption around Halloween time due to the fact that humans will use them in deplorable ways, since they want to believe that black cats signify evil?. Superstition is an evil unto itself. Believing in what you cannot experience is pure insanity…Carol
Italians Protect Black Cats
by Irina Shlionskaya/pravda.ru
November 17, Italy celebrates Black Cat Day. This holiday was established by the Italian Association for the Protection of the Environment and Animals (AIDAA) several years ago. The fact is that every year about 60 thousand black cats disappear in the country. They die at the hands of superstitious people, and also become victims of magical and satanic rituals.
From time immemorial, black cats have been credited with a devilish essence. In the Middle Ages, the Inquisition destroyed them, since it believed that demons were in the form of black cats. In addition, medieval Europeans were convinced that witches could turn into cats. It was said that seven years after birth, a black cat becomes a witch, and a black cat becomes a devil.
Many believed that black cats serve dark forces. Therefore, unfortunate animals were publicly burned at the stake. Once in France, along with a “witch”, 14 black cats were burned by the inquisitors. Pope Innocent VIII declared: “Cats are pagan animals conspiring with the devil.”
But at the same time, it was believed that the black cat had useful properties: its tail seemed to serve as a sure remedy for eye diseases, and the bone of a black cat was worn around the neck like an amulet from misfortunes. Which, of course, also did not contribute to its prosperous existence.