Just a heads up for all you progressives, and the "conservatives" who feel the need to rally for any status quo. There's a new major legislative agenda in the making.
Yesterday, the news out of New Zealand was that there is a local bird species that is going extinct. . . . . because of cats catching them and presumably eating them. So they are going to have a push to round up the feral cats, and reduce. . . . gradually. . . . the family pet population to zero.
First of all, cat owners will need to license their cats. . . . . and pay a hefty fee to aid in protecting birds.
Amazingly, the thinking somehow follows the trajectory of the gun control agenda. . . .
next cat owners will need to spay and neuter all cats. . . . eventually this will mean fewer people have cats. . . . and eventually, no one will.
. . . . . . .
In the interim, it will be a heavily fined offense against pet owners whose cats kill a precious bird. Maybe thousands of dollars, or whatever is the NZ equivalent. . . .
In will become law that anyone seeing a feral cat in the neighbors trash cans will be required to report it to the authorities, or if you don't and some bird feathers are found on your lawn, you will be guilty just like a legal cat owner would be. . . .
>> > > > >
Today, on our news, I heard a report that cats are responsible for killing billions of birds annually, and billions of "mammals", too.
cats have for a long time been second-class citizens in our country. . . . it looks like the liberals are going for a "final solution" that would make Stalin or Mao or ****** feel their work may have hope still. A cat receives no "endangered species" protection anywhere on this planet, at least not the housecat variety that sailors once kept on board ships to rid the hold of rats.
And, oh, notice the political correctness terminology here. It's not acceptable to use the words "rats", "mice", or "aerial bombers", or "winged pests" to describe the most common disease vectors on this planet, or the fruit thieves. . . or food spoilers. . . .
poor little mammals being killed by evil cats. . . . yeah, mammals makes it seem like it's us, and worthy of any law that could save them. . . .
I didn't read the OP, but I've never posted in a babe thread.
Just wanted to see how it felt.
It's actually not that bad, but I don't think I'll be doing it again.
Never got gonorrhea or crabs either, right playa?
Originally Posted by UGLI baby
Cats and another animal (help Zulu) are classic examples used in island ecosystem conservation. They have their place ridding humanity of pests but islands aren't one of them. What makes them so good as killers on confined ships has the same consequences on confined islands.
Growing up, I enjoyed the [ocassional] squirrel pair, the coveys of quail, and the wild ferrets. Cats eventually ate them all. I also liked not having mice, moles, & voles.
Gyp says mmmhhhmmmmmm
yah. I heard stories of Tonga and presumably other small islands. . . . where people have to take special measures to keep from being eaten by rats while they sleep. . . .
Originally Posted by franklin
I consider rattlesnakes to be my respected helpers in my fields. . . . the owls, hawks, eagles, coyotes, and other snakes or predators need help.
If you could somehow do a biomass accounting tablulation of all life forms, probably the most mass would be mosquitos, followed by various other insects. But mice would still outweigh the humans by a thousand to one. Think of all that carbon dioxide they exude. . . . all the water they drink. . . . all the poop they drop. Even with our genius for mass production of toxic stuff, we're no match for mice. . . or rats. . . of a thousand varieties. Though, admittedly, they do reduce the danger of wildland fires by all they eat, and fertize the soil, and though they carry disease to us, and can make a house unfit to live in, they don't do the evil kind of pollution we do with our innovative creation of unnatural material stuff. . . . or gases. . . .
And while I dearly love and cherish my swallows who fly around my swather to gobble up all the insects I stir up, I seasonally see hordes of starlings and other birds who can truly be pests. . . .
I think cats are great helpers to human life. We should protect them in our cities, not exterminate them. Probably few city dwellers anymore are aware of the good they do, and the blue-haired ladies who overrun them with their caddies are going to bawl all the way to the Humane Society with their checkbook to atone for their trauma. Nobody who actually cares about cats seems able to stand up to the legislative agenda being pushed by the HSA, which protects few animals, and spends 90% of the donations raked in from their pathetic kitty commercials on their own perks and their lobbyists.
Last edited by babe; 01-31-2013 at 11:07 PM.
What benefit does this endangered bird provide humans? My guess is nothing... let the cats play. They can import some starlings.
Moral of the story .... dont F with cats
Cats kill more biomass worth of prey than any other animal on the planet. I've had some badass cats growing up. I've seen one of my cats snatch a bird out of the air.
My cat can eat a whole watermelon.