Twitch streamer Alinity apologises for throwing cat during video game live stream

A Canadian video gamer has been forced to apologise after a video of her throwing her cat during a Twitch live stream went viral. 

In the clip, Natalia Mogollon - who streams under the handle Alinity Divine - picks up her pet Milo and hurls him back over her shoulders. 

The video blew up on social media and was shared by animal rights organisation PETA, who called for Alinity to be banned from the streaming platform. 

"Take a stand for cats and please remove Alinity from @Twitch immediately," PETA wrote in a tweet. 

"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."

Other commentators from the online gaming community echoed those sentiments.

"If you 'game so hard' that you toss animals without any thought, it's time to stop gaming, or stop owning animals," one Twitter user wrote. 

"That is not a good person," wrote another.

The incident prompted the resurfacing of two more controversial videos of Alinity interacting with her pets. In one clip, the gamer allows her cat to drink vodka out of her mouth, while in another, she kicks her dog as it's following a cat across the room.

Comedian Ricky Gervais tweeted about Alinity's actions: "So many stupid people in the world." 

Alinity has since taken to social media to explain herself and offer an apology. 

"Hey everyone, I understand the concern and I am sorry for my lapses in judgement. I shouldn't have gotten frustrated with Milo, but I dropped him on the floor behind my chair. I'm not that strong," she wrote. 

Addressing the video in which she appears to feed her cat alcohol, the Twitch user wrote: 

"The vodka thing was well over a year ago but it was also a stupid thing to do." 

"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 continued.

"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 concluded her message with a video of her holding her cat and kissing him while music plays in the background. 

"I don't pretend to be perfect, and I will always try to do better, and improve myself," she wrote.   

The appeal doesn't appear to have paid off, however, as Alinity went on to claim she's at the center of a "witch hunt" in which people are using fake screenshots and attempting to threaten her in person. 

"Please stop coming to my house and asking my neighbours where I am. It's actually really scary," she tweeted on Monday.

Twitch's creative director addressed the situation, saying he didn't have the moderation power to suspend her account, but he did not condone Alinity's behaviour. 

"As a cat owner, I'm very upset over the recent news. I am also someone who does not have moderation powers or enforcement,"Marcus 'djWHEAT' Graham said on Twitter. 

"I want to see a ban. I do not want to be harassed because you think that's the right thing to do." 

The SPCA in Saskatoon, the city where Alinity lives, confirmed it was investigating a formal cruelty complaint in relation to the incidents. 


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