Quebec mayor investigated by humane society after boasting he kills cats – even kittens – for fun
By Daily Mail Reporter PUBLISHED: 15 July 2013
Stephane Gendron, the mayor of Huntingdon, Quebec, has apologized for his ‘dark humor’ and said it has distracted from the town’s very real problem of stray cats. However, his statement did not deny that the story he told was true.
Gendron, who also works as a shock-jock on a local radio station, recounted a horrifying story of backing over a newborn kitten with his truck. He also said he speeds up to hit cats that happen to cross his path when he’s driving.
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‘When I see a cat in the street, I accelerate. Stray cats have no business on the street,’ Glendon said on his radio show, according to the Globe and Mail.
‘So bang! I accelerate.’
He continued his account: ‘The other day I backed up over a newborn and I’m sure it didn’t feel a thing.
‘The pickup passed over him like it was nothing.’
The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has launched an investigation of Gendron and is asking anyone with evidence that he killed cats to come forward.
The SPCA in Canada employs special constables with police powers. The agency directed its investigators to look into Gendron’s claims.
‘We’re obviously shocked and horrified to hear something like that – coming from anybody, but particularly from someone like that who has a platform,” SPCA spokeswoman Alanna Devine told the Globe and Mail.
‘Someone who has a radio show and who is an elected public official – we’re absolutely horrified.’
Huntindon is a town of 2,400 people just north of the New York state line and 45 miles south of Montreal.
Gendron issued an apology on his website after he received strong criticism for the comments.
‘On July 9, 2013, I made largely exaggerated comments on the overpopulation of cats that constitutes a nuisance in our urban and rural areas,’ Gendron wrote.
‘I myself have to deal with this problem on my property, with many dozens of stray cats that come and cause problems.
‘I admit that the imagery used served no purpose in advancing the debate on this issue… For all these reasons, I apologize. The use of dark humor was inappropriate in dealing with such a subject.’
The statement, however, does not deny that the horrific stories he told are true. The SPCA hopes to find evidence so that he can be prosecuted.
This isn’t the first time Gendron has landed in trouble for offensive comments. He was taken off air of a TV station years ago.
Last year, he called Israel ‘an apartheid state’ and said it ‘didn’t deserve to exist.’
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