Rapture Pet Rescue Creator: It Was a Hoax
Post-Judgment Day pet care offer a 'social experiment'
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 22, 2012 2:45 AM CDT
Updated Mar 22, 2012 3:15 AM CDT
"But who's going to look after the cat?"   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – The guy behind the company offering to look after believers' pets after the Rapture has admitted that the whole business was a hoax. Bart Centre says he decided to come clean after New Hampshire authorities launched a probe of Eternal Earth-Bound Pets for engaging in "unauthorized business of insurance," USA Today reports. Centre says the business never collected a penny, and never recruited any atheists to look after left-behind pets—despite his claims business was booming last year because of Harold Camping's predictions.

Centre says he decided to start the business as a "social experiment" after wondering "How much do believers really buy into this? How committed are they to their pets? How much do they trust atheists?" He says only two people contacted him looking for post-apocalypse pet care, and he told them that no atheists in their area were available. "The last thing I wanted to do was start getting involved in actual contracts," he says. State investigators say they're continuing the probe because of Centre's contradictory remarks to the press.

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Mar 22, 2012 2:00 PM CDT
Find a need and fill it... the American Dream! If anyone out there wants me to take care of their pets after any (coming, yet-to-be-announced) rapture, I will gladly charge them for the care of their beloved pets... (they would want SOMEONE to do it, right, after all, pets are not allowed in heaven are they?) First the money would go to make sure that I have the necessary equipment (dog pens, cat enclosures/towers/play toys/litter boxes)... I have enough property to do this... (even if I didn't, there SHOULD be lots of extra [empty] land that I could use in such a case as where the 'believers' just vanished, i.e. raptured) Second, I would state in the contract that in case such rapture did NOT occur, there would be no refunds (but I would expect a certain amount of money deposited to ensure that I had the financial means to care for their beloved pets)... Lastly, I would laugh at any government agency who tried to "launch a probe... into unauthorized business of insurance"... it is not insurance, right? Insurance is something you collect money from when something unforeseen/catastrophic happens and the people are around to collect the benefits. It would not be my problem if the rapture didn't happen, only my responsibility to make sure the animals were taken care of once it DID happen. How would they consider this fraud, unless the company did not have the means to take care of the animals... Even if money HAD exchanged hands... what about all of those people who donated their money and gave up their jobs because they were sure the rapture would happen... do they get re-compensation?
Mar 22, 2012 9:00 AM CDT
Too bad. I'd have been interested to know how the DOI would prosecute - his business would have been just as legitimate as any televangelist claiming god was going to take them if people didn't send them money.
Mar 22, 2012 7:44 AM CDT
This guy is just another warped Christian, I can't think of a religion that has more problems coping with modern issues. They look childish and weak. Christianity dulls spiritual growth and makes people venerable to their own weaknesses.