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The Insane War on Cats

January 26, 2013
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IMG_0023“…“Of particular interest,” notes the media release, “bird kills constituted about 13 percent of the total wildlife kills.” Thirteen percent of how many? As the Athens Banner-Herald reported in April, “just five of the cats’ 39 successful hunts involved birds.” [2] That’s right: five. Fifty-five cats, 2,000 hours of video—and just five birds….”

Ailurophobia is the irrational fear of cats. It is promoted by bird-watching bigots who hate cats and want them eradicated to save the vile little birdies.

From the beginning of time, ignorant wretches attribute evil to cats. In Europe, France in particular there would be times of wholesale slaughter of cats.  Evidently, the civilized world is facing that horrible possibility, once again, this time forced upon us by bird watchers.

“…My colleague Tom Maugh reported Tuesday on a study by University of Georgia researchers. Seems that biologist Kerrie Anne Lloyd and her team recruited 60 cat owners in Athens, Ga., who attached tiny cameras to their pets’ collars every morning when the animals were let out. After seven to 10 days, here’s what the cameras revealed:

The team found that about 30% of the cats killed prey, an average of two animals per week. The cats brought home nearly a quarter of the animals they killed, ate 30% and left 49% to rot where they died. About 41% of the prey were lizards, snakes and frogs; mammals such as chipmunks and voles accounted for 25%; and birds only 12%….”

IMG_0536The Pink Flamingo was shocked, the other day, to see where some militant bird watcher wants to gradually eliminate cats off the face of New Zealand.  It will be better for the bird population.  Sorry, but The Pink Flamingo as a phobia about birds.  I am well aware they evolved from dinosaurs, and basically continue the species.  It is the only reason I tolerate them.  If it were up to moi, birds could go the way of the dodo.

I find hate-speech and bigotry against cats to be offensive, even when “scientific”.

“...What’s not disputed is that cats are abundant in the U.S. and many of them hunt birds, as well as lizards and rodents, even if they’re not hungry. For bird conservationists, that’s enough to justify local ordinances banning outdoor cats, given that so many bird species are struggling to survive.

But cats are unlike other invasive species, as any trip around the Internet will attest. While the public may warm to the idea of keeping pets indoors, there’s no pretty way to rid the nation of feral cats. ABC suggests that cat advocates build enclosed sanctuaries for feral cats, but in the absence of such efforts, “we do think euthanasia is a responsible option,” Holmer said.IMG_0009

To cat advocates, rounding up and killing feral cats for the sake of conservation is extreme and unnecessary. “If what you’re proposing is a mass eradication by the tens of millions of this country’s favorite companion animal, you better bring some evidence to the table,” said Peter Wolf, author of the blog Vox Felina and a design professor at Arizona State University. “I’m not seeing that.”

Cat advocates want conservationists to show not only that cats are killing birds, including threatened ones, but also that they’re taking enough of them to cause long-term and wide-scale change in bird populations. “There’s a difference between mortality—the death of individual birds—and impact—a change in the population from year to year,” said Allison Grasheim of Alley Cat Allies.  Many bird species, it appears, can handle massive losses. In a controversial September 2011 PLoS ONE study, biologists at the University of Minnesota found no obvious correlation between the population trends of bird species and deaths by collisions with communication towers and windows – an even bigger source of bird mortality than cats.

IMG_0553Such a high standard of proof frustrates some researchers and advocates. “We see no justification for valuing birds and other wildlife only as populations, while valuing cats as individuals,” argued UCLA ecologist Travis Longcore and his colleagues in a 2009 Conservation Biology essay. “People who notice and care about birds are just as attuned to the loss of an individual bird in a backyard, or the decline of local populations of birds, as are feral cat advocates to the loss of individual feral cats.”…”

The Pink Flamingo does not approve of catch, spay/neuter  and release to eventually eradicate local feral cat populations.  Until I saw the effects on the local feral cat population, I was all for the process.  Not one single cat that was spayed/neutered has survived. Every last one of them is dead. I’ve been feeding and rescuing local feral cats since September of 2000.  I don’t understand what happens, but it is lethal.  They cats have not survived.

Feral cats limit mice. In desert areas, it is essential to keep the mouse population in check.  If not, the diseases they spread are deadly, for humans.  Something like 80% of bird freaks want something done to control the cat population to protect the little birdies.

Daily Beast

Daily Beast

In New Zealand, the bigoted anti-cat campaigner, Gareth Morgan is losing.

Atlantic Wire

Atlantic Wire

Perhaps the problem is the American Bird Conservancy.  Maybe the group who needs to be spayed and neutered, to insure that no innocent cats are destroyed are the members of the American Bird Conservancy!

This post was written with the assistance of Doc Holiday, who finds the entire topic extremely upsetting.  She was so upset that she found it very difficult to take a cat nap.  photo

“...”It is undeniable that cats do prey on birds, and that in some cases this predation can have negative impacts on native bird populations,” Kornreich said in a statement. “It is important to point out, however, that some studies have shown that birds are much more adaptable to predation than initially thought, and that, in fact, in some cases feline predation may impart a survival advantage to native bird populations by controlling rodent or other potential predator populations, for example.”

Both Temple and Johns rejected the notion that removing cats could have a negative impact on birds and said such fears shouldn’t hold back efforts to curb cat predation…”

I get tired of anti-cat bigots and their impurrfect lies.

• “The Interior Department’s 2009 State of the Birds report concluded that domestic and feral cats annually kill ‘hundreds of millions of birds,’ one reason why a third of the 800 bird species in the USA are endangered, threatened or in significant decline.” [1]

In fact, this report does nothing more than imply a causal link between predation by cats and decliIMG_0242ning bird species—providing nothing in the way of evidence. As I pointed out earlier this year, even very high levels of mortality do not necessarily lead to population-level impacts. In a study published late last year, for example, conservation biologists Todd Arnold and Robert Zink found that, “although millions of North American birds are killed annually by collisions with manmade structures, this source of mortality has no discernible effect on populations.” [2]

• “Smithsonian scientist [Peter] Marra says feral cats are ‘a major threat to birds,’ responsible for the extinction of 30–35 island bird species around the globe.” [1]

Well, at least Marra acknowledged the context here: islands—which is more than we can say of Fenwick & Co. On the other hand, the figure typically cited is exactly 33. But what’s a couple extinctions either when the claim simply isn’t true. As I revealed in an August 2011 post, only eight of the 33 “extinctions” were attributed to cats exclusively; and of those, just two species are actually extinct.IMG_0031

• “Teresa Chagrin, PETA’s animal care and control specialist, says that ‘it is mystifying that anybody would say that a painless, quick end is cruelty when the other option is slow, lingering, painful, horrible deaths by cruelty from people, from attacks by dogs, or being hit by a car, or dying slowly of disease or… gangrene in a ditch somewhere.’” [1]

I was under the impression that PETA was opposed to zoos, but maybe not. After all, Chagrin’s argument can easily be applied to any animal living outdoors (including all those birds, of course, some of which are “dying slowly” of West Nile Virus). What’s truly “mystifying” here is Chagrin’s bottom line: the most responsible—indeed, if we really take the E in PETA seriously, ethical—way to prevent (potential) suffering is with preemptive, wholesale killing.

• “Those opposing TNR got boosts from two recent scientific studies, one concluding that even house cats let outdoors were prolific killers, the other calling feral cats a public health threat and more likely than dogs to carry rabies.” [1]

“Prolific killers”? Kerrie Anne Loyd, whose PhD work Raasch is referring to, told CBS Atlanta in April: “Cats aren’t as bad as biologists thought.” [3] I’m surprised he didn’t link back to his paper’s reinterpretation of ABC’s misrepresentation of the study.

IMG_0016_2And the study about cats being a public health threat? I’m still working on that post (which was supposed to be this post). For now, let’s just consider (again) rabies.

Of the 49 rabies cases reported in humans since 1995, 10 were the result of dog bites that occurred outside of the U.S.; the remainder were traced either to wildlife or were of unknown origins. [4] Since 1960, only two cases of human rabies have been attributed to cats. [5]”…”

Here in New Mexico, cat haters are using the rabies excuse to murder innocent cats.  Someone on the HOA where I live wanted to use the lies told by  bird lovers here NM to eradicate all of our feral cats.  The Pink Flamingo Kitties have a wonderful vet who provided information that there were several rabid skunks in the area, but no rabid cats.

Anyone who would want to eradicate a cat would do anything!

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The Pink Flamingo wishes to inform her readers that no cats were harmed in the embarrassing photos taken during 2012.  Cats featured are Bubbles Silverman – calico, on her back, stoned from C-nip; B(r)at Masterson – white with gray – stoned from C-nip; Madam – hiding in tree; Hoss Cartwright – red tabby; Doc Holiday is playing in a birthday bag.  The kitten is 1 year old Precious Little Baby Kitten – Baby.  Her Gotya day is March 2.  In a six month period, she accumulated a $1100 tab in damages to broken antique glass-ware.  She has thus far not made any attempt at restitution.   Baby has grown into a beautiful long-haired Maine Coon.

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14 Comments

  • jose maria says:

    Beautiful cats! Cats were once treated as gods in ancient Egypt. Don’t imagine that they have ever forgotten this.

  • SJ Reidhead says:

    Thank you. They have a tendency to remind the poodle about their past deity status. My thing about cats is that they’re a lot of fun. Take one over-sized “kitten” who doesn’t comprehend her size, yet, and yo never know what is going to happen.

    SJR

  • jose maria says:

    The feral cat war is going on down here too. People are complaining about cats going to the bathroom in their yards, which is a lot of BS because cats are very meticulous. I was feeding some cats at my place last year (I may have written about this) One of the neighbors called the Animal Control and had them all picked up. The nasty thing about it was that she waited until about dark to get them to come out. (while they were eating). They even picked up the possum of was feeding. I can’t imagine anybody doing something like this. They were not doing any harm. I was upset. I cried. I agree with you. People who want to eradicate cats will do anything. If God made an animal prettier than a baby kitten, he kept it for himself. That’s the way I feel about cats.

  • SJ Reidhead says:

    You told me about that. If they were on your property, and you did not give animal control permission, that was wrong. It may have been illegal. We go back and forth here because on of the board members hates cats. I lived in fear that they would pick up Madam. Animal control here automatically murders anything they catch, so you need to be so careful here. They had a women doing it who basically took home anything she caught that could be tamed, or needed a home, or got them to a good shelter. Not now, though.

    Cat haters don’t realize that feral cats, yes there needs to be a decent spay/neuter program, if it will work – didn’t where I live, then again, I wouldn’t put it past animal control to have picked up a few when they were after the skunks. We don’t have snakes, mice, rats, and in NM, that’s a big deal.

    People who hate cats are pure evil! There, I said it.

  • jose maria says:

    No cats, lots of rodents.

  • Woodsman says:

    Destroying cats is neither hating cats nor a fear of cats.

    Why do mentally-unbalanced and psychotic cat-advocates always presume that if someone is removing a highly destructive, deadly disease spreading, human-engineered invasive-species from the native habitat to restore it back into natural balance that they must hate that organism? Does someone who destroys Zebra Mussels, Kudzu, African Cichlids, Burmese Pythons, Brown Tree Snakes, or any of the other myriad destructive invasive-species have some personal problem with that species? (Many of which are escaped PETS that don’t even spread any harmful diseases, unlike cats.) Your ignorance and blatant biases are revealed in your declaring that people who destroy cats must somehow hate or fear cats. Nothing could be further from the truth.

    It is people who let a destructive invasive-species roam free that tortures-to-death all other wildlife, wasted for their cats’ play-toys, that have zero respect for ALL life. They don’t even care about their cats dying a slow torturous death from exposure, animal attacks, diseases, starvation, dehydration, becoming road-kill, environmental poisons, etc., the way that ALL stray cats suffer to death. They don’t even respect their fellow human being. This speaks more than volumes about your disgusting character. People like you should be locked up in prison for life for your cruelty to all animals, cruelty to your own cats as well as all the native wildlife that you let your cats skin alive or disembowel alive. If you let cats roam free you are violating every animal-abandonment, animal-neglect, animal-endangerment, and invasive-species law in existence.

    If people do hate cats today, have LEARNED to hate cats today, you have nobody but yourself and everyone just like you to blame. YOU are the reason people are now realizing that all excess cats must be destroyed on-site and on-sight. You’ve done so much to make people care about cats, haven’t you. If you want to do something about it, direct your sadly and sorely misplaced energies at those that are causing the problem, not at those who are actually solving it AND HAVE SOLVED IT 100%. Like I did on my own lands. Shot and buried hundreds of cats over 3 years ago. I’ve not seen even ONE cat since! (Contrary to cat-lickers self-deceptive lie and myth about there being a “vacuum effect”.) All native wildlife is returning to my lands, at the rate of almost 1 new species per day. Things couldn’t be nicer!

    THIS IS YOUR FAULT and THE FAULT OF EVERYONE JUST LIKE YOU. You have NOBODY but yourselves to blame.

    You can take that all the way to the very last shot-dead cat’s grave.

  • Woodsman says:

    p.s. Cats weren’t even native animals in Egypt. They were imported from other regions. Then to “worship” them properly; they were all killed at a young age, mummified, then offered as animal sacrifices to their Gods. This is why they found 300,000 young mummified cats buried there.

    They were treated as “Gods” alright, but only as non-corporeal Gods. They couldn’t be Gods in their eyes if the cats were still living.

    People who want to worship cats today, claiming that’s what Egyptians did, aren’t doing it right. They must kill them while young, mummify them, then leave them at the alter of their nearest place of worship. It seems that today’s cat-lovers just can’t do anything right.

  • SJ Reidhead says:

    “...Since cats were cult animals in ancient Egypt, they were commonly believed to have been domesticated there,[9] but there may have been instances of domestication as early as the Neolithic.A genetic study in 2007 revealed that domestic cats have descended from African wildcats (Felis silvestris lybica) c. 8000 BCE, in the Middle East. According to Scientific American cats are the most popular pet in the world, and are now found almost every place where people live…”

    SJR

  • SJ Reidhead says:

    You have shot and killed hundreds of cats? I suspect if someone knew you had done this, you would be under a jail for animal cruelty. I’ve had some irrational spews here, but you take the prize! I somehow suspect you don’t live in an area where there is a lot of wildlife or you would know that cats have nothing to do with wildlife in the area. My parents were feeding outside cats until MOUNTAIN LIONS, BOBCATS, and the neighbor’s dogs killed them. It happened while they were out of town. They had rounded up dozens of cats to have spayed and neutered, spent thousands of dollars on the process, to have them slaughtered by the wildlife you said cats destroy.

    If you knew anything about wildlife you would know that cats are not an apex predator. They kill rats, mice, snakes, and BIRDS! I hate birds. I have a phobia about them, a serious phobia. BUT, you might be able to better comprehend life in the desert, realizing that those precious mice, rats, and snakes you appear to worship carry deadly diseases that cats eliminate when they kill them.

    Co-existing, quite well with the outside cats, in the area where my parents live are: prairie dogs, coyotes, mule deer, elk, mountain lions, bob cats, wild hogs, wild turkeys, skunks, raccoons, and maybe even javalina. Because the area is being over-run with mountain lions, cats in the area must be kept indoors, or they will be killed. No person in their right mind even thinks that a cat can take on anything much bigger than it is, because they can’t. Most cats don’t even bother killing birds. That is a lie told by idiot bird-lovers. Speaking of which, my mother feeds, constantly.

    I don’t know who you are, but I do suggest some psychological help. As for letting a pet cat go outside, no one in their right mind would do that. My mother’s beloved Hondo Kitty was murdered by a mountain lion several months ago. He was the only one of our cats who go outside. One reason no cat owner in their right mind would allow a cat to go outside is because of weird people like you who would shoot them on sight. Someone did that to one of my animals, and I would have them arrested for animal cruelty.

    No, go bother someone else.

    SJR

  • unknown jane says:

    I’m a fence sitter on this one (sort of): while I see no need to eradicate cats, I do see the problems a booming feral/loose cat population can cause. They can and do a lot of damage to native songbirds and small mammals.
    Plus they do spread a lot of disease, as well as contribute mightily to their own overpopulation.

    Now, this isn’t really the cats’ fault — it’s the fault of humans, who refuse to neuter, vaccinate, worm, and contain their pets (or worse, decide to dump them out of doors when they are no longer wanted).
    And the cats wind up suffering along with native species: the life of a feral cat is usually brutish and short, marked with disease, injury, thirst, and hunger. If they do get caught they usually wind up euthanized, as they are either too sick or too wild (and this goes for kittens as well as adults — there is a very brief window of opportunity). People may think that is cruel, but there really isn’t any other way around it; if it was feral dogs people would want them rounded up and dealt with, and look at what’s happening to mustangs — who were at least once indigenous to the Americas and do not wander our streets. Cats are no different.

    So the real push should be for people to take care of their pets (and no, by no means do I think all animals must be inside — but feed, water, neuter, and proper healthcare the outdoor ones) — would certainly do a lot to resolve the issue imhao.

  • SJ Reidhead says:

    The life of a feral cat, in my condo complex, is as follows: Jump up on condo HOA prez. jeep, jump up into carport roof where a large warm bed has been created. Breakfast at any one of about four locations where there is food. Afternoon nap on top of truck near heat duct. Lunch is at office where food has been put out or at my unit. If you get knocked up and have kittens, drop them off at several different units for them to be rescued and given good homes. We take care of our feral cats here. We have no mice, rats, or snakes – that’s why they live very good lives.

    Today’s house cat has evolved to the point where it basically cannot even hunt for itself. No one in their right mind lets their cat outside. I don’t care where you life. That’s what I kept telling my mother about Hondo, but she kept letting him go out. I don’t even open my front door without putting up a gate to discourage curiosity.

    SJR

  • unknown jane says:

    Most feral cats are not taken care of at all, and there are a lot of them. Sometimes the lucky ones wind up in somebody responsible’s barn, and they get fed, watered, taken care of (including neutering), and it isn’t too bad a life for them; my mom had a couple that lived well into their teens and one to 20 who were barn cats, and they did their job of clearing out rodents pretty well so they were appreciated — but I know plenty of horse people who are constantly deluged with a new batch of dumped off cats every few months (word gets out about who will take care of the stray cats in their barns)…so they wind up trapping them and having animal control take them (of those the vast majority get euthanized). There’s really no other way for it — every year to wind up with 20 or so cats on your doorstep/barn is too much.
    Then there are the people that just put out some food and wind up with 20 or so unneutered, unvaccinated cats on their place, having more kittens, until critical mass hits, they become a hazard to themselves even and a nuisance — and then they trap them and have animal control deal with them, and those really do wind up all euthanized because they’re usually wild as all get out and have leukemia or something, so absolutely no hope for them.

    I worked for animal control and with animal cruelty investigation covering a couple of counties; it’s not a fun job, even though it’s necessary.

  • SJ Reidhead says:

    I agree with you on most of this. We’ve had some horror stories here. NM’s worst example of cat hording was a few miles from my parents. People are terribly abusive to cats.

    SJR

  • HH says:

    Woodsman, you can just crawl into a corner and die, for all I care.

    My cat has been a source of joy in my life – and anyone trying to harm her has to get through me.


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