Video game streamer apologizes for throwing a cat
The Canadian streamer could face animal cruelty charges
A popular video game streamer who goes by Alinity on Twitch has come under fire for an incident that made it to video last week. Alinity, whose real name is Natalia Mogollon, has racked up a significant following on the streaming platform and this could come back to hurt her. 6.57 million people have now seen her throwing a cat over her shoulders.
The incident occurred as she was recording one of her video game sessions. Her cat Milo apparently decided to steal some of the spotlight and pops up from underneath the camera frame. Alinity grabs the feline and puts the cat-always-lands-on-its-feet theory to the test, tossing it behind her.
The incident has found a significant amount of backlash, with many calling for the streamer to be banned from Twitch. PETA, of course, weighed in, as well, and used the incident to push for its followers to take a stand for cats. It said on a Twitter discussion about the cat-tossing activity, “Cats are not props to abuse for more views.”
The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is already on the case. It said that it has received several complaints and that it is currently investigating the incident.
Alinity has tried to offer an apology, saying on Twitter, “Hey everyone, I understand the concern and I am sorry for my lapses in judgement. Shouldn’t have gotten frustrated with Milo, but I dropped him on the floor behind my chair. I’m not that strong.”
That might not be enough, however, as other videos of her treatment of her pets have come to light. One video shows her kicking her dog and another shows her pouring vodka in her cat’s mouth. She hasn’t commented on the dog incident, but has admitted to getting her cat tipsy.
In offering her mea culpa about the latest incident, Alinity added, “I think a lot of people are doing this because they believe they are doing the right thing, so no salt. I don’t pretend to be perfect, and I will always try to do better, and improve myself.”