GLOBAL WAR ON CATS: Study Says New Laws Needed to Protect Mice from Cats

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via: catster.com

In what appears to be a bit of fortuitous timing for Gareth Morgan and his Cat Eradication campaign, a US study was released a few days ago with the practical title: The impact of free-ranging domestic cats on wildlife of the United States.

Published in the prestigeous publication Nature, the abstract states  

Anthropogenic threats, such as collisions with man-made structures, vehicles, poisoning and predation by domestic pets, combine to kill billions of wildlife annually. Free-ranging domestic cats have been introduced globally and have contributed to multiple wildlife extinctions on islands. The magnitude of mortality they cause in mainland areas remains speculative, with large-scale estimates based on non-systematic analyses and little consideration of scientific data. Here we conduct a systematic review and quantitatively estimate mortality caused by cats in the United States. We estimate that free-ranging domestic cats kill 1.4–3.7 billion birds and 6.9–20.7 billion mammals annually. Un-owned cats, as opposed to owned pets, cause the majority of this mortality. Our findings suggest that free-ranging cats cause substantially greater wildlife mortality than previously thought and are likely the single greatest source of anthropogenic mortality for US birds and mammals. Scientifically sound conservation and policy intervention is needed to reduce this impact.

David Stein has a pretty good go at the loonies

Yesterday, I wrote a satirical post about “Anthropogenicists,” the pseudo-scientists who believe that humans are the cause of all earthly problems, from weather and climate anomalies to earthquakes, floods, volcanoes, tsunamis, hurricanes, and species extinction. To an Anthropogenicist, humans are the sole root of all evil. Because nothing bad – no earthquakes, no floods, no volcanic eruptions, and no species extinction ever happened before man arrived on the earth. Anthropogenicism is a religion of the left, proof that when humans reject traditional religious beliefs, they merely go on to create some other faith-based schema to believe in.

I was inspired to write yesterday’s post by recent attempts in New Zealand to ban domestic cats, because humans, by owning cats, are committing “genocide” against rodents and birds. And even though I don’t claim to be psychic (except when I’m doing my “mind-reading” magic tricks while trying to pick up young ladies in a bar), I must say, I was oddly prescient in this instance. Because this morning, the Huffington Post’s “green” section called for U.S. “policy intervention” to deal with the “anthropogenic” menace of domestic cats.

The people specifically calling for this “policy intervention” (why can’t they just come out and say “government intervention?”) are U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service/Department of the Interior bureaucrat Tom Will, Smithsonian Institute/University of Minnesota loon Scott Loss, and Smithsonian Institute/University of Washington crackpot Peter Marra.

I think the only way to grasp the sheer idiocy of their proposal is to quote it directly. So let’s do that:

Anthropogenic threats, such as collisions with man-made structures, vehicles, poisoning and predation by domestic pets, combine to kill billions of wildlife annually. Free-ranging domestic cats have been introduced globally and have contributed to multiple wildlife extinctions on islands. The magnitude of mortality they cause in mainland areas remains speculative, with large-scale estimates based on non-systematic analyses and little consideration of scientific data. Here we conduct a systematic review and quantitatively estimate mortality caused by cats in the United States….Our findings suggest that free-ranging cats cause substantially greater wildlife mortality than previously thought and are likely the single greatest source of anthropogenic mortality for US birds and mammals. Scientifically sound conservation and policy intervention is needed to reduce this impact.

I love how he lets rip. Let’s enjoy

It’s the “guns kill people” idiocy, but now applied by leftist pseudoscientists to the animal kingdom. It’s the fallacy, “humans own cats, and therefore ‘cause’ rodent and bird deaths,” ignoring the reality, that cats, being natural predators by virtue of inborn traits, become of value to humans.

What we’re witnessing is a religious cult, the Anthropogenicists, doing exactly what superstitious crazies in Europe did hundreds of years ago, when cats were killed en masse because they were “witches,” which led to rats, now unthreatened by their natural predator, spreading the Black Plague that wiped out over a third of Europe’s population. And if you think I’m claiming that Anthropogenicists are as bad as old-time witch-hunters, you’re wrong. I’m saying they’re worse. Because mankind in the 1300s could be excused a certain amount of ignorance. But today, such stupidity is unforgivable.

I’ll confess that I hope the Anthropogenicists continue their anti-cat crusade, because, in the end, the left always overplays its hand. There are too many leftist cat-lovers, and I don’t exactly mind them getting schooled in the concept of how nanny-statism will eventually target something you don’t want to give up.

  • dotcom

    My cat asked me to comment on her behalf ‘cos her cat-paw keyboard is under repair at the moment.
    She asked me to remind humans that cats are fucken heroes if they kill mice, but fucken villainous murderers if they so much as touch an exotic bird (remembering that exotic birds are introduced pests just as much as mice are – my cat understands these things).
    But remember this, please, she said. To us cats, what is a mouse after all? Why, isn’t it merely a bird without wings. And a bird is a mouse with wings. Do you expect us to go to cat university to understand what wings are?

  • Hamilton Lad

    My cat has been hiding under the bed since this furore erupted. I have only been able to coax her out by offering her a dead tui wrapped in a picture of Bob Kerridge ….

  • cows4me

    Pandora is well and truly out of the box but the loonies believe one little twink in the system will right all the wrongs of the world. I knew old lady that swallowed a spider springs to mine. For every reaction of man to control nature nature fights back with outcomes that are many times worst then the initial problem. Another example I remember studying at school, the Chinese had a campaign in the 1950s to wipe out the four pests, rats, flies, mosquitoes and sparrows. So sparrows were the first to feel the wrath of the people and sparrow numbers were decimated. But oh dear flies and mosquitoes numbers increased expediently. We never seem to learn.

  • steve and monique

    Maybe if the limit of cats per household was one,and Registration/and having them spayed/neutered(unless a breeder)and contained at night was enforced, like we do with dogs then this problem may well be on its way to being sorted.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Phil-T-Tipp/100003227683747 Phil T Tipp

      Are you fucking mental? What problem? FFS.

      Shit. I just fed the troll, didn’t I. Dammit.

    • David Broome

      Steve and Monique I hope you like rats because this ‘lock up cats at night’ stuff is lunacy. Why don’t you lock up the rats and mice at night too, that’s right, you can’t, hence why we have a non-toxic, biodegradable biological control agent and it is called a cat. I suggest you try one. Given what you have written it would seem you don’t.

      • steve and monique

        Have 3 cats,and a paddock at the rear of the house,and no Mice/Rats,because the number of loose cats in our area total 24+.And by the way my shed has an old fashioned snap trap or two for the one that get away.We put our 3 in at night.Has saved a few vet bills too,

    • Steve (North Shore)

      That could apply to a household that is on the benifit, one child and then parents speyed/neutered

      • Lion_ess

        That would be a more useful starting point, Steve – give yourself a pat.

    • Lion_ess

      Gareth certainly got to you didn’t he? Imagine how many new jobs this could create for the jobsworths – a whole new department of clipboard-carrying, night inspectors; and a little surge in rates to pay for it.

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