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Originally posted by SteveR
reply to post by Bisman
This is a good response. You are the first responsible cat owner to post to the thread.
Originally posted by ForestForager
reply to post by ollncasino
The cats I killed were not collared, were on my property, and threatened the birds that came to my feeders, and the squirrels that came to me for nuts... it's no different then trapping/killing a rat... people keep those as pets too.
Originally posted by gangdumstyle
Yes they should be.
Originally posted by SteveR
Yep, pet cats are routinely hunted here... I salute you for your work and foresight ForestForager. Every little bugger that is hunted and killed makes a good day. It is the owner's fault for letting the cat out. Incredibly irresponsible people. Angry pet owners who come looking around here find more than they bargained for.
Stupid humans. One day when all the wildlife is eradicated they will say "Oops, what did we do?"
edit on 2013/2/3 by SteveR because: (no reason given)
The Catholic Church was the most powerful entity in Europe at the time, and the masses were consumed with the presence of evil and eradicating it in any form it might be believed to take. Because of their secretive nature and their ability to survive extraordinary circumstances, the general population came to fear cats as consorts of Satan. The innocent cats began to be killed by the thousands.
The cats ultimately got their revenge, of course. Since there were few felines left, the rat populations increased unchecked, and the plague grew even more widespread. You’d think that the humans would make the connection by this point, but instead, they made things even worse. They began to associate the plague’s new vigor with the cats and even with dogs. They believed that since both of these animals typically harbored fleas, they must be the cause of the plague. Subsequently, cats were outlawed in many parts of Europe, and huge numbers of cats and dogs were killed. In fact, at one point in the middle ages, there were barely any cats left in England at all.
Even though cat ownership was illegal in some regions, a few people kept their felines. Other people finally noticed that these cat owners often seemed to be immune to the black plague.
Of all God's creatures there is only one that cannot be made the slave of the lash. That one is the cat. If man could be crossed with the cat it would improve man, but it would deteriorate the cat.
- Notebook, 1894
Originally posted by conspiracycritic
I think a ban on "outside" cats would be perfectly reasonable. It would address the issues of overpopulation and predation. Most cats - in my experience at least - would be perfectly fine living inside the majority of the time. If a cat is outside, it should be on a leash. There is no reason to hurt local wildlife unnecessarily.
Originally posted by SaturnFX
Why can't they create some sort of feline centered fertility virus that cuts down their litter sizes dramatically. Key would be having a treatment to increase specific felines (domestic) fertility when desired.
Wonder how hard it would be.
I haven't caught up with this thread yet but you do realize feral and unleashed dogs do also inflict a lot of damage on the environment. I realize not everyone lives where there are lots of feral dogs running around, but those who do give some very compelling accounts of how destructive these animals are. I have seen some idiot out at Myrtle Beach let his off leash dog attack a sea gull and damage the bird's wing. You would think the gull would have been able to fly away but that dog was fast, cunning and the bird was caught off guard.
Originally posted by dmsuse
People are too selfish to ever give up cats, the human race is parasite on the earth.
People need to start looking past their own selfishness to see the bigger picture.
It will never happen though So my suggestion would be, to let your dogs loose and let the cat owners watch as your dog tears it apart
The irony in this though, is that when a cat would go tearing apart a bird, the owners will not bat an eye lid. Yet when a dog tears open a cat it's somehow so much worse. loledit on 3-2-2013 by dmsuse because: (no reason given)