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Man arrested on suspicion he cooked, ate cats
GJSentinel.com ^ | 2/17/12 | AP

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 neighbor’s attention. When she looked toward the sound she told authorities that she saw her next-door neighbor cutting off the crying feline’s 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.

“I’ve been getting calls on this from around the country,” Kern County Sheriff’s 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 sheriff’s deputies.

Pruitt said that when deputies arrived that morning at Wilmert’s home they talked to other neighbors, who said they had heard the sounds of screaming cats coming from the house in Oildale. When he didn’t answer his door, Pruitt said a deputy walked down the driveway and saw a cat’s 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 don’t 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.


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To: Joe 6-pack

If it doesn’t dawn on you that it’s animal cruelty when a deputy finds a cut off cat head in the guy’s backyard only to find another skinned alive cat in the sink that the neighbor heards screaming not too long before and claims she saw that cat’s head then being cut off before she couldn’t look anymore,

then I reiterate, you are a lost cause.

And you can get lost yourself. Smartass.


51 posted on 02/17/2012 6:29:09 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: GSWarrior

Were the cats branded? LOL


52 posted on 02/17/2012 6:30:02 PM PST by org.whodat (Sorry bill, I should never have made all those jokes about you and Lewinsky, have fun.)
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To: org.whodat

Really? The link between animal abuse and serial killers is very real. Studies have showcased that the vast majority of convicted serial murders have had a history of animal abuse.


53 posted on 02/17/2012 6:31:31 PM PST by anglian
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To: org.whodat

No but you should be branded as an Idiot.


54 posted on 02/17/2012 6:32:50 PM PST by anglian
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To: Secret Agent Man

Does it say he was breaking into homes and stealing cats???? No, and since responsible pet owners keep their pets at home, you have nothing to complain about.


55 posted on 02/17/2012 6:34:16 PM PST by org.whodat (Sorry bill, I should never have made all those jokes about you and Lewinsky, have fun.)
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To: Secret Agent Man
I never said it wasn't cruel. I thought it was instructive however, to determine if the cruelty was intentional or not. I've said on this thread this guy wasn't right, but apart from the overt act, his motivations are probably worth exploring.

If you can't understand that, "I feel for you."

I do think it curious that your tagline, while no doubt meant in jest, refers to the casual killing of a fellow human, while mine, which I've had for years, is definitively pro-pet, but you somehow have me figured for an animal abuser apologist.

56 posted on 02/17/2012 6:36:49 PM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: rottndog

You disgusting $0B—I’d like to get six thousand cats to attack and eat you


57 posted on 02/17/2012 6:40:07 PM PST by RightLady (Liberty above all)
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To: anglian

Wrong and the FBI did a study proving it, it is just made up bull from the communist at the national humane association. And if you go back for enough it is a safe bet that you are only here and alive today because you ancestors ate whatever they caught or killed to stay alive.


58 posted on 02/17/2012 6:42:41 PM PST by org.whodat (Sorry bill, I should never have made all those jokes about you and Lewinsky, have fun.)
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To: anglian

Wrong and the FBI did a study proving it, it is just made up bull from the communist at the national humane association. And if you go back for enough it is a safe bet that you are only here and alive today because you ancestors ate whatever they caught or killed to stay alive.


59 posted on 02/17/2012 6:43:08 PM PST by org.whodat (Sorry bill, I should never have made all those jokes about you and Lewinsky, have fun.)
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To: anglian
Nasty little peta person.
60 posted on 02/17/2012 6:44:39 PM PST by org.whodat (Sorry bill, I should never have made all those jokes about you and Lewinsky, have fun.)
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To: GSWarrior

61 posted on 02/17/2012 6:45:53 PM PST by SiVisPacemParaBellum (Peace through superior firepower!)
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To: AEMILIUS PAULUS

Supposedly, there are extensive underground chambers remaining from an abandoned mine under the streets of, IIRC, Paris. In one of the side chambers a group of explorers found a pile of small animal skulls which were later determined to be cat skulls.

Immediately over this pile of cat skulls they noticed an opening to daylight. Examination of a good map led them to this opening at the surface. It was an old well in the backyard of a restaurant which for years had specialized in rabbit dishes.

This story was in Readers Digest years ago.


62 posted on 02/17/2012 6:47:53 PM PST by BwanaNdege (Man has often lost his way, but modern man has lost his address - Gilbert K. Chesterton)
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To: Secret Agent Man

Arguing with some people about this type of thing is a lost cause, I’d just let it go if I were you.

All kinds of people see cats as fair game for any kind of torture or mistreatment. To many of them, it is just a laugh a minute to imagine a cat being butchered alive.

Hard to believe, but many of them embrace the cruelty aspect.

Kids, I might understand, they sometimes don’t know any better, especially if they haven’t had parents who have told them on one level that killing with cruelty for the sheer entertainment value is sinful, and on a different level, what belongs to others is not yours to dispose of as you see fit.

I find some of the comments on this thread disturbing.


63 posted on 02/17/2012 7:03:12 PM PST by rlmorel ("A fanatic is one who can't change his mind and won't change the subject." Winston Churchill)
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To: RightLady
You disgusting $0B—I’d like to get six thousand cats to attack and eat you

6000 kittehs.....atsa lotta barbeque sauce...

BTW, if Liberty IS above all, what do you care if'n someone skewers a few cats for consumption?
64 posted on 02/17/2012 7:06:21 PM PST by rottndog (Be Prepared for what's coming AFTER America....)
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To: GSWarrior

Just another brain fried Californicate doing his thing ...


65 posted on 02/17/2012 7:47:15 PM PST by RetiredTexasVet (There's a pill for just about everything ... except stupid!)
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To: Joe 6-pack

FSSSSSSSSSSSSSST


66 posted on 02/17/2012 8:28:25 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Sometimes progressives find their scripture in the penumbra of sacred bathroom stall writings (Tzar))
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To: org.whodat

Any ancestor of mine that ate cat would have been crazy.


67 posted on 02/17/2012 8:30:43 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Sometimes progressives find their scripture in the penumbra of sacred bathroom stall writings (Tzar))
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To: Revolting cat!
The do taste like chicken.

Taste like........cat.

68 posted on 02/17/2012 8:41:13 PM PST by MARTIAL MONK (I'm waiting for the POP!)
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To: rlmorel

Yeah, you’re right. I’m done. :)


69 posted on 02/17/2012 9:16:50 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: Joe 6-pack

Explain how, given the article descriptions and the ways the animals were killed, alive and conscious enough for others to hear them screaming, that it wasn’t intentionally cruel? He obviously didn’t chop the heads off first, presumably to avoid them suffering through skinning them, given the eyewitness account (that you for some reason believe there may be reason to cast doubt on). They clearly were put through this to feel pain before being killed.


70 posted on 02/17/2012 9:24:04 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: Joe 6-pack
Animal fixation: Neighbour Steven Smith saw Wilmert starring at his dog and urged Wilmert to stop but he shrugged the incident off

Animal fixation: Neighbour Steven Smith saw Wilmert starring at his dog and urged Wilmert to stop but he shrugged the incident off

Animal fixation: Neighbour Steven Smith saw Wilmert starring at his dog and urged Wilmert to stop but he shrugged the incident off

Taken from: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2101876/Man-jailed-eating-cats-Neighbour-heard-Jason-Wilmert-skin-cat-alive-grilled-it.html

71 posted on 02/17/2012 9:26:37 PM PST by Altariel ("Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!")
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To: GSWarrior

Ya’ll just leave my cat alone.


72 posted on 02/17/2012 9:34:36 PM PST by GSWarrior
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To: AEMILIUS PAULUS

And your point is?


73 posted on 02/17/2012 9:43:05 PM PST by fortheDeclaration (All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing. Burke)
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To: USFRIENDINVICTORIA
It doesn't matter, it is animal cruelty.
74 posted on 02/17/2012 9:44:01 PM PST by fortheDeclaration (All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing. Burke)
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To: anglian

Should have gotten far more punishment.


75 posted on 02/17/2012 9:46:19 PM PST by fortheDeclaration (All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing. Burke)
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To: GSWarrior
Here is a picture.



A psychopath according to the neighbors description of him in the neighborhood.
76 posted on 02/17/2012 9:47:41 PM PST by PA Engineer (Time to beat the swords of government tyranny into the plowshares of freedom.)
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To: SiVisPacemParaBellum

You are an idiot.


77 posted on 02/17/2012 9:47:44 PM PST by fortheDeclaration (All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing. Burke)
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To: rlmorel

Yes, and these are suppose to be ‘conservatives’ with some moral compass.


78 posted on 02/17/2012 9:48:38 PM PST by fortheDeclaration (All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing. Burke)
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To: PA Engineer

He doesn’t appear to be suffering from starvation. Hard to tell.


79 posted on 02/17/2012 9:52:53 PM PST by GSWarrior
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To: GSWarrior
My step-father was a fireman with the Mountain View, CA fire dept. in the seventies. While doing an inspection at a local Chinese restaurant, they came across several hundred dressed carcasses that they suspected were cats. Upon further investigation, it was found that they were for some special Chinese celebration. All the paper work was in order and all were USDA inspected and stamped ‘Choice’.

I always wondered where the ranch, feed-lot, etc. for cat was located. And how do you become a catboy?

Not to mention the old chestnut about herding cats...

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80 posted on 02/17/2012 9:56:25 PM PST by IYellAtMyTV (Je t'aime, faire du bruit comme le cochon.)
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To: IYellAtMyTV
"we have very good hot dog!"

Cho is a favorite of all true chow hounds. It does sound more appetizing than the roasted frog.

81 posted on 02/18/2012 2:17:12 AM PST by Colonel Kangaroo
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To: Secret Agent Man
"Explain how, given the article descriptions and the ways the animals were killed, alive and conscious enough for others to hear them screaming, that it wasn’t intentionally cruel?"

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.

82 posted on 02/18/2012 8:36:02 AM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

I believe you!!!


83 posted on 02/18/2012 9:51:48 AM PST by org.whodat (Sorry bill, I should never have made all those jokes about you and Lewinsky, have fun.)
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To: IYellAtMyTV

How did they ever get USDA inspected and approved cats? Or were they something that looks superficially similar as a carcass, like rabbits?


84 posted on 02/18/2012 9:59:06 AM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Sometimes progressives find their scripture in the penumbra of sacred bathroom stall writings (Tzar))
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To: Joe 6-pack

How would you like it if I “amet” your dogs... on a platter in my kitchen?


85 posted on 02/18/2012 10:03:41 AM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Sometimes progressives find their scripture in the penumbra of sacred bathroom stall writings (Tzar))
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To: HiTech RedNeck
If you ever find my dogs walking around as strays you're welcome to try.

Good luck with that.

86 posted on 02/18/2012 10:07:06 AM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: GSWarrior

Mmmmm....tamales....meow?


87 posted on 02/18/2012 10:12:10 AM PST by stboz
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To: Joe 6-pack

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.


88 posted on 02/18/2012 10:21:58 AM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Sometimes progressives find their scripture in the penumbra of sacred bathroom stall writings (Tzar))
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To: HiTech RedNeck
I never said this person was "civilized." To the contrary, I've repeatedly argued on this thread that his behavior fell well outside the realm of our societal mores. All I've done is postulate why. Certainly psychosis is the most obvious explanation, but not the only possible one. As I've stated elsewhere, extreme hunger can lead to uncivilized behavior. If he hailed from parts of SE Asia or parts of Africa, his behavior may be more readily explicable, albeit still outside what we find acceptable.

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.

89 posted on 02/18/2012 10:37:00 AM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: GSWarrior

They eats cats in Asia.


90 posted on 02/18/2012 10:38:49 AM PST by Captain Peter Blood
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To: Captain Peter Blood

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.


91 posted on 02/18/2012 10:46:21 AM PST by Colonel Kangaroo
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To: GSWarrior; Allegra; big'ol_freeper; Lil'freeper; TrueKnightGalahad; blackie; Cincinatus' Wife; ...
BUMP while I check the oven... my Calico Soufflé may be burning!
92 posted on 02/18/2012 12:13:08 PM PST by Bender2 ("I've got a twisted sense of humor, and everything amuses me." RAH Beyond this Horizon)
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To: Bender2

Hang ‘em High!!


93 posted on 02/18/2012 1:00:37 PM PST by blackie (Be Well~Be Armed~Be Safe~Molon Labe!)
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To: blackie
Hang ‘em High!!


94 posted on 02/18/2012 1:03:20 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: Joe 6-pack

I though this is what food stamps were supposed to head off, especially if he lives alone! ...


95 posted on 02/18/2012 1:58:39 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Sometimes progressives find their scripture in the penumbra of sacred bathroom stall writings (Tzar))
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To: Joe 6-pack

Jason Wilmert... doesn’t sound very Oriental to me. Sounds like a red neck who has lost his mind.


96 posted on 02/18/2012 2:00:29 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Sometimes progressives find their scripture in the penumbra of sacred bathroom stall writings (Tzar))
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To: HiTech RedNeck

Garfield is a murderer and not fit to live


97 posted on 02/18/2012 2:07:37 PM PST by bert (K.E. N.P. +12 ..... Crucifixion is coming)
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To: bert

The only thing Garfield was known to kill was Jon’s lasagna.


98 posted on 02/18/2012 2:16:02 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Sometimes progressives find their scripture in the penumbra of sacred bathroom stall writings (Tzar))
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To: HiTech RedNeck

Garfield the disgraceful feline routinely murders spiders


99 posted on 02/18/2012 2:25:12 PM PST by bert (K.E. N.P. +12 ..... Crucifixion is coming)
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To: bert

Obviously Garfield did not want to hurt a fly, then. Because spiders catch flies.


100 posted on 02/18/2012 2:30:29 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Sometimes progressives find their scripture in the penumbra of sacred bathroom stall writings (Tzar))
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