posted on Feb, 5 2013 @ 04:50 PM
reply to post by purplemer
Goldfish and really all aquarium fish present the threat of a number of zoonotic diseases that can be transmitted to their handlers. I've personally
run across fish tuberculosis and I could potentially catch it from my fish. I take very onerous precautions in maintaining my aquarium so that I
don't catch disease myself or allow it to get out into the water supply. It is such a burden and so not worth the risk to me anymore that whenever
my current population passes on, I will abandon the hobby. It's beyond the scope of this thread, but so much has changed since my childhood and a
lot of it revolves around growing challenges in disease and parasite control due to overuse of medications to cover for bad hatchery practices and the
decline of reliable suppliers for home aquarists.
ANY pet potentially can give you a disease or pass one into the environment. I read not long ago of negative impacts of dog wastes on local small
bodies of water.
And the birds themselves are little incubators of disease and parasites and filth. Have you ever seen how nasty the area around a bird feeder looks?
I caught West Nile Virus around the time several dead crows were found scattered around the street and on my property in my old neighborhood. I called
the county for help in disposing of the bodies and their response was nothing. So much for my tax dollars at work to protect the environment and the
citizenry. In my current neighborhood three wiley crows are infamous for pulling off unsecured trash can lids and scattering garbage all over the
But this is not about which pet or wild animal is better, safer, cleaner for humans. This is about humans taking any animal, in this case cats, and
managing their care and stewardship so badly they cause a mass chain reaction of fail and then wanting to find a cheap easy way out that seems to draw
all the people itching for an excuse to kill just because they can.
Maybe catch, neuter, release combined with humane euthanasia to cull the population to manageable numbers by approved authorities (not open
participation for every John Q. Public cat hater) IS the most effective and efficient and humane way out of New Zealand's wildlife crisis. I hate to
think it, but seeing pressures and parasite problems lessen after professionally managed white tailed deer culls in my area leave me openminded enough
to consider the option.
We do currently pay a tax for our cats and dogs where I live. It is just called a licensing fee. At any rate I can't believe a member of ATS is
advocating for more taxation. When the federal, state and local governments get through flaying us alive with taxes and fees and permit fees and
licensing fees and inspection fees etc. etc. there really is barely anything left for giving back to the community in ways that are of our own
More taxation is rarely, if ever, a positive answer to any problem. It all gets misappropriated from its intended purpose and just goes to cronyism
But I do agree anyone who owns ANY animal has a responsibility to their community and to their pet to manage their pet wisely and take responsibility
like an adult should for their pet's actions and impacts. I'm not against laws and fines to enforce responsibility on those who refuse to
acknowledge they have any.