'What's the fuss?' says British woman who binned cat: report
The British woman at the centre of an Internet hate campaign after being caught on camera dumping a cat into a rubbish bin said Wednesday she could not understand "what the fuss is about".
Mary Bale, a 45-year-old bank worker, told The Sun newspaper she binned the feline as "a joke", adding: "It's just a cat."
The cat, Lola, was stuck in the plastic wheelie bin for 15 hours but was discovered after her owners Darryl and Stephanie Mann heard her mewing.
They found out what happened after checking footage from a closed-circuit television (CCTV) camera which they had installed at their house in Coventry, central England, after their car was repeatedly bumped by other vehicles.
A Facebook campaign has been launched against Bale with some people even making death threats.
But Bale told The Sun that people were "overreacting".
"I don't know what the fuss is about, it's just a cat," she said.
Bale explained she noticed the cat as she was walking home from work and began stroking it.
"I don't know what came over me, but I suddenly thought it would be funny to put it in the wheelie bin, which was right beside me," she said.
"I did it as a joke because I thought it would be funny. I never thought it would be trapped. I expected it to wriggle out of the bin.
"People are reading too much into things. I've no feelings about cats one way or the other."
Police have said Bale has not committed a criminal offence, but the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) has launched an investigation and will be interviewing her.
© 2010 AFP