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article imageRSPCA says cat owners only want cats that look good in 'selfies'

By Walter McDaniel     Jul 31, 2014 in Environment
Officials with the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) have released reports stating that black cats are not being adopted since they aren't popular in "selfies."
Taking selfies is a modern trend that started with the simple use of cellphones and expanded with pop culture videos such as #SELFIE. Major sites now even give tips for taking a perfect "cat selfie." According to this trend the RSPCA says many black cats get passed over for other breeds because they look worse in selfies.
Information comes from the Telegraph who interviewed center operators who claimed that their establishments are "full to bursting" with cats of darker hues. Trends seem to have little to do with bad luck since it's even happening even in the sections of the United Kingdom where these cats are good luck. Instead this trend appears to rely on a perception that black cats aren't photogenic.
RSPCA authorities are putting up promotional pages and encouraging pet lovers to take these breeds in. Overcrowding could become a problem if reports are true. RSPCA officials have been accused of killing half the animals they take in and activists called them out over a "death row" controversy.
For their part the RSPCA is regularly in the news for rescuing many animals including 78 rabbits. Officials also seek to find homes for many strays across their working area. Readers who want to become involved can read about their operation here.
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