A scientist is at the centre of an ethical row of animal cruelty versus scientific discovery, following his attempts to test the old maxim: "There's more than one way to skin a cat".
Barry Devers, 38, took it upon himself to go around the neighbourhood with a large black sack collecting moggies from dustbins and windowsills.
Once he had enough, Barry would then return to the basement of his mother's house and start skinning them.
"I kept hearing people say that there is more than one way to skin a cat and I thought I'd better test out the idea - for the sake of science and stuff", said Barry yesterday, "I skinned them but I didn't hurt them. I even had mother knit little sweaters for them to keep warm at night".
So is there more than one way to skin a cat? Barry has the definitive answer:
"Well yes, indeed there is. From my experiments I concluded that there are at least 4 ways. Head to tail, tail to head, centre-parting from the waist and finally the backwards-facial peel", he boasted.
Animal rights activists are up in arms, particularly after they discovers Barry had taken all their own personal collection of rare Burmese 'spider' cats and left them naked.