A Canadian politician who previously stated that Israel doesn’t ‘deserve to exist,’ has caused a stir in his hometown after claiming he likes to run over cats and even kittens with his car.
Stephane Gendron, the mayor of Huntingdon, Quebec, whose other career is as a radio jockey, has been forced to apologize for describing how he enthusiastically kills cats with his car.
Gendron made the comments while on-air and later claimed that they were supposed to be humorous.
“When I see a cat in the street, I accelerate,” Gendron said, according to the Globe and Mail.
“Stray cats have no business on the street,” he continued. “So bang! I accelerate.”
He then described running over a baby kitten.
“The other day I backed up over a newborn and I’m sure it didn’t feel a thing,” Gendron said. “The pickup passed over him like it was nothing.”
Gendron issued an apology after the SPCA (Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) said it had opened an investigation into the mayor, whose town of 2,450 is between Montreal and the New York State border.
“On July 9, 2013, I made largely exaggerated comments on the overpopulation of cats that constitutes a nuisance in our urban and rural areas,” Gendron’s statement said.
“I myself have to deal with this problem on my property, with many dozens of stray cats that come and cause problems.
“I admit that the imagery used served no purpose in advancing the debate on this issue… For all these reasons, I apologize. The use of dark humour was inappropriate in dealing with such a subject.”
In 2011 Gendron outraged the North American Jewish community with comments about Israel made on his radio show.
“Products made in Israel on land stolen from the Palestinians that is walled in, in an apartheid regime where they are cut off, it’s very serious…And a country like that does not deserve to exist.”
In a follow-up email to reporters Gendron explained his position: “I am defending a state with both Palestine and Israel living together,” he wrote. “I may be naive, but this is my position. Israel as it is today is not my cup of tea.”