Concerns have been raised about the card game “Exploding Kittens” which can be bought in stores and online.
Toni Brockhoven, chairperson of Beauty Without Cruelty, has even written to the makers of the game about this and received a reply that the game isn’t about kittens exploding, it’s about kittens exploding other things.
However, she said she is still uncomfortable with the name of the game because online, people may be less inclined to read the instructions.
Speaking to Weekend Witness, she said that there is nothing funny or amusing about the title of the game.
“We know attention spans are shortening, and we live in a violent and currently even more stressed society, where many appear to need little incentive to hit out and hurt. While this is not usually what Beauty Without Cruelty does, we will act on public concerns, just as we have done ....”
She said that animal cruelty cases are difficult to prosecute. Every year, more than 10 million animals die from abuse in the USA alone.
She added that cats are estimated to be the second most common victims of animal cruelty after dogs.
People who commit intentional animal cruelty are not misinformed, but are purposefully hurting a cat, often the result of violent tendencies.
“A cat, especially a kitten, is an easy victim for abuse because they can be trusting of people. Animal cruelty is a known predictor of a future serial killer, which an FBI study confirmed in 1988. In one survey, 71% of domestic violence victims reported that their abuser also targeted pets,” she said.
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Brockhoven forwarded the reply she got from the company.
It read, “We’re sorry to hear our game has caused you frustration. We would never want to imply we’re harming kittens or that we encourage others to do so. They’re our favourites! We absolutely love cats and animals in general.”
The company said that to clarify, the game isn’t about kittens exploding which is terrible and cruel, it’s about kittens exploding other things. “They’re mischievous and arsenic, not suicidal. Sorry about the confusion!”
In the deck of cards are some Exploding Kittens.
You play the game by putting the deck face down and taking turns drawing cards until someone draws an Exploding Kitten.
When that happens, that person explodes. They are now dead and out of the game.
This process continues until there’s only 1 player left, who wins the game.
The more cards you draw, the greater your chances of drawing an Exploding Kitten. Basically if you explode, you lose.
If you don’t explode, you win. All of the other cards will lessen your chances of getting exploded by exploding kittens.