A lady famous for having a ginormous ass turned herself into a walking pussy joke yesterday when she tweeted a sexy picture of herself manhandling a cat. Now she stands accused of animal abuse.

PETA, various gossip blogs, and a zillion irate Twitter users freaked out over this picture, which Kim tweeted from the set of a photo shoot. (The natural follow-up for her Harper's Bazaar nudie shoot, of course, being a sadomasochistic tableau involving a domestic animal.)

But isn't this the way mommy cats carry their babies? By the "scruff of the neck."

Vets do it this way, too, and the SPCA says it's fine. But PETA says it's not:

Kim Kardashian isn't the only person who mistakenly thinks that because a mother cat picks up her kittens by the scruff of the neck that a supportive hand under the rump isn't needed.

Kim's krime of kruelty is not manhandling the cat enough, because she was supposed to grab its booty. And now we've set ourselves up for a Kim Kardashian butt joke. PETA's criticism is very distressing to Kim, because PETA is America's foremost purveyor of naked celebrity billboard campaigns, so if Kim doesn't stay on their good side, she'll never get the nude exposure that sister Khloe did. And so she took to her blog she had approval from the cat's stage mom and veterinarian to swing it around by the scruff of its neck.

Verdict: Kim Kardashian did not torture a cat, but she was kind of rude and failed to buy it a drink before going to second base.