Alinity Divine is being investigated after throwing her cat during stream (updated)

Popular Twitch streamer Alinity Divine is facing criticism from animal rights advocates and Twitter users alike after throwing her cat over her shoulder and onto the ground during a livestream.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) and the Saskatoon Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) tweeted about the incident, calling for the removal of Divine from Twitch. The Saskatoon SPCA announced that its animal protection department is currently conducting a formal investigation.

“A formal cruelty complaint regarding this matter has been filed with our Animal Protection department and is currently under investigation,” the Saskatoon SPCA wrote on Friday.

Update 6:30pm CT, July 20: PETA Senior Director Stephanie Bell told the Daily Dot that PETA supports Saskatoon SPCA’s investigation.

“The videos of Alinity abusing her cat are disturbing and warrant her removal from the platform. Animals rely on us to protect them,” Bell wrote in a statement. “[PETA] urges everyone to report incidents of cruelty to animals whenever they are witnessed.”

On Friday, PETA posted a clip of Divine throwing her cat, along with its response–leading PETA to trend on Twitter.

Many users shared that they actually agree with PETA for once and started sharing other controversial clips of the streamer. One of the old videos dredged up shows Divine spitting vodka into her cat’s mouth, which she wrote happened “well over a year ago” and was “a stupid thing to do.”

Divine also responded to the new accusations on Twitter. She apologized and said she understands concerns about her animals’ wellbeing.

“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.

Twitch has not yet responded publicly to the animal abuse accusations.

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Sierra Juarez

Sierra Juarez

Sierra Juarez is a freelance journalist and fact-checker based in Mexico. She most enjoys writing about human rights and politics and working in audience engagement. Her work has appeared in the Texas Tribune, the Austin American–Statesman, and the San Antonio Current.