Skip to comments.Man arrested on suspicion he cooked, ate cats
Posted on 02/17/2012 4:43:04 PM PST by GSWarrior
FRESNO, Calif. It was the sound of a wailing cat that first caught the neighbors attention. When she looked toward the sound she told authorities that she saw her next-door neighbor cutting off the crying felines head with a knife.
The call she subsequently made to deputies started a bizarre animal cruelty investigation that has focused attention from around the country on a working-class neighborhood in a Bakersfield suburb where a man allegedly was fileting cats and cooking them on his backyard barbecue.
Ive been getting calls on this from around the country, Kern County Sheriffs spokesman Ray Pruitt said. For some reason when somebody hurts animals people are more outraged than they are for a lot of other cases.
Investigators decided to release new details on Thursday because of the nationwide interest in the case.
Jason Wilmert, 35, will be arraigned today on charges alleging animal cruelty and using a pet or domesticated animal for food. Both are misdemeanors.
A neighbor told KBAK-TV that she had seen Wilmert with a wailing tabby cat cutting it down the back with a knife, then decapitating it. She turned away in disgust and called sheriffs deputies.
Pruitt said that when deputies arrived that morning at Wilmerts home they talked to other neighbors, who said they had heard the sounds of screaming cats coming from the house in Oildale. When he didnt answer his door, Pruitt said a deputy walked down the driveway and saw a cats head in the backyard.
Later Pruitt came outside and deputies arrested him. When they searched his house they found a cat carcass in the kitchen sink, as if were being prepped for cooking. Deputies also found an animal trap in the driveway.
We dont know if he was using the trap to catch cats, but he had one, Pruitt said.
Nobody has called in reporting missing pets, and investigators suspect the victims were strays.
Wilmert has been unable to post $22,500 bail on the animal cruelty charges and unrelated littering offenses. It was unclear if he had an attorney.
Cho is a favorite of all true chow hounds. It does sound more appetizing than the roasted frog.
What he did was clearly outside societal norms...so much so that I think it's worth looking at the motive. Granted, the most likely explanation is that he's twisted, but that's not the only possible explanation (given the article info). Although some later postings seem to indicate such is not the case, one possibility that immediately presented itself is that he was butchering it to eat. Not everybody hunts or farms, and in a society where meat is something people get in a supermarket package the ethos and skills needed to cleanly and humanely harvest one's meals is largely absent. Hunger also drives people to desparation.
Again, while later info strongly suggests such is not the case here, I suspect that if you placed the average American in a position where they had to kill their own food with only a knife, there would be very few clean and efficient kills.
"...given the eyewitness account (that you for some reason believe there may be reason to cast doubt on)..."
Much of my living is made by collecting and evaluating, "eyewitness accounts." There's a reason to cast doubt on everyone, and it's not that people are trying to intentionally dissemble or mislead, it's because no matter how hard one tries to be clinically objective, all our observations are filtered and interpreted through our biases and experience. Some people are better than others, but the simple matter of individual perspective makes it extremely difficult.
Again...I've never said I'm defending this guy or what he did, and to suggest I am is blatantly dishonest. His actions were not acceptable within the parameters of our society, but there may be more than one explanation for his deviation from them, particularly with the limited information in the article at the time I made my initial assertion.
I believe you!!!
How did they ever get USDA inspected and approved cats? Or were they something that looks superficially similar as a carcass, like rabbits?
How would you like it if I “amet” your dogs... on a platter in my kitchen?
Good luck with that.
That’s crazy of course. Even if a pooch got loose from you, I wouldn’t view that as a license to make dog fricassee. No civilized person would.
Again, I've said nothing on this thread that approaches excusing or condoning his behavior...merely speculating about the motives.
And yes...if you were starving to death and one of my dogs is all that stood between you and certain death, I could understand you eating him. I may not like it, but I value human life that much. Now, from all the additional info that's played out, that does not appear to be the case here, but that wasn't readily obvious from the initial article.
They eats cats in Asia.
I think the biggest issue is the inhumane way he did it. Even a starving man shouldn’t cause needless suffering, whether it be to pig or cow, cat or dog.
Hang ‘em High!!
I though this is what food stamps were supposed to head off, especially if he lives alone! ...
Jason Wilmert... doesn’t sound very Oriental to me. Sounds like a red neck who has lost his mind.
Garfield is a murderer and not fit to live
The only thing Garfield was known to kill was Jon’s lasagna.
Garfield the disgraceful feline routinely murders spiders
Obviously Garfield did not want to hurt a fly, then. Because spiders catch flies.