Under-fire streamer Alinity has apologized for throwing her cat.
The Canadian Twitch broadcaster, named Natalia Mogollon, has been the subject of rife criticism after throwing one of her cats over her chair out of frustration during an Apex Legends session. Since then, a clip of the ill-advised toss has gone viral and viewers have called for her to be banned from Twitch. Additionally, Natalia has been taken to task by animal rights charity PETA and the local Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA).
Natalia is now the focus of an investigation being undertaken by the SPCA in her hometown of Saskatoon, with the organization having issued a statement on Twitter in which they claim to be looking into the matter. PETA, meanwhile, has also suggested that she should be removed from Twitch as part of a "stand for cats."
ATTENTION: @TwitchSupport,— PETA - #EndSpeciesism (@peta) July 19, 2019
Take a stand for cats & please remove Alinity from @Twitch immediately. She is using the platform to post animal abuse, which sends a dangerous message to anyone watching her videos. Cats are not props to abuse for more views 🐱pic.twitter.com/EsIsB5o6Tf
Twitch has so far refused to ban the streamer while the investigation and the pleas have, so far, borne no results, but the ire of the viewing world could be enough punishment as it is. On the flipside, many onlookers out there don't see Alinity's actions as too big of a deal as cats are known for being agile and land on all fours more times than not.
While throwing a cat out of frustration could be dismissed as a one-off, Alinity's behavior extends past playing hot potato with her pet feline, as she's given the poor thing vodka on stream as well.
Alcohol is, of course, poisonous to cats in small amounts. Moreover, it can possibly result in their deaths.
The streamer has taken to Twitter to apologize, claiming that she simply dropped the animal and that the vodka thing was over a year ago. However, she does acknowledge wrongdoing.
"I also understand the desire to report me to pet authorities and encourage anyone to do so if they feel pets are being mistreated, by anyone, anywhere," she tweeted. "My animals are well loved, and live in a warm and caring home, and I will comply with any authority that seeks to validate this."
Alinity has also reported that people have been coming to look for her at her house and questioning her neighbors over her whereabouts, while others have been posting old or fake screenshots in order to discredit her.
She's invited SPCA to come to check on her cats and hopefully clear things up too. Regardless, there is a low probability she will be able to live this down.