Texas High School With “Killer Batting Cages” Is Shamed Into Compassion

July 2001

An activist alerted PETA that several cats had suffered and/or died after becoming entangled in the batting cages’ netting at Incarnate Word Academy in Corpus Christi, Texas. PETA obtained disturbing video footage of a cat trapped in the mesh, spread-eagled, panting, and clearly in distress, desperately struggling to escape. The footage also showed the carcass of a cat who had perished between a batting cage fence and its netting.

A letter from PETA asking that the nets be raised after each use received no response, so we provided local television stations with the heartbreaking video footage and issued a news release. Our activist contact reported that after our efforts, the school began raising the nets to ensure that no more cats would be injured or killed.

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 Ingrid E. Newkirk

“Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights?” READ MORE

— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind