Thursday, 6 January 2011

Feral Cats v. Endangered Birds

I have a dear friend who is deeply involved in the feral cat capture-neuter- return campaign and, somewhat ironically, also an avid birder.

So I watched Cat Crazed on Doc Zone tonight on CBC. I can't find the program online but here's the trailer.

Simply put, it's cats versus birds. Even neutered, they hunt. The oft-repeated number of 50 million feral cats versus some very tenuous bird numbers makes this one a no-brainer.

Kill the cats.

But the obsessed cat people -- almost all women -- go bananas. Beeeg trouble at the civic level.

Calgary to the rescue! As the doc drily points out, in the land where licensing guns drives people batshitcrazy, licensing cats is no biggie.

And seems to work.

I'm looking forward to hearing what my catlady/birder has to say about the doc.


double nickel said...

Seems like CBC radio stations across the country are playing this up. I heard a bit of nonsense from the Winnipeg morning crew earlier today. Anyhooo, thousands of birds are falling out of the sky with no explanation, and we're worried about cats? For fucks sake.

Canadian silver bug/Green Assassin Brigade said...

@ Double nickel, 50 million feral cats do a lot more cumulative damage than these sudden bird die offs, and it happens every day.

Each of those 50 million cats eat at least 1 mouse, 1 chipmunk or 1 bird per day. That's one hell of a lot of cumulative damage and it cannot be blow off as just the natural order when house cats are an introduced predator not an indigenous one. Catch and neuter is a waste of resources and we will never get enough of them to lower the population.

Cats are not special and should not be given more consideration or rights than indigenous animals. Cat people are more unstable and rabid than both pro lifers and tea baggers but the truth is feral cats need to be hunted and killed.

double nickel said...

Somebody's off his meds.

deBeauxOs said...

"Cat people are more unstable and rabid than pro lifers and tea baggers ..."


And the authority regarding this information transmits the data to you via the receivers in your teeth fillings, right?

croghan27 said...

"Kill the cats.

But the obsessed cat people -- almost all women -- go bananas. Beeeg trouble at the civic level."

crogh is a cat person and if someone undertakes some .... ultra legal actions against cats near him he will respond with a similar ultra legal reaction.

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