*Hello Lee, and others, Lee, would you, by any chance,know how I could find that true study? I would love to get my hands on that!
I was contacted by some residents of a small island off the coast of Southern California,Santa Catalina Island. The Island is owned by the Wriggly family, same Wriggleys who make the chewing gum. It only has about 400 or so year round residents, because it is a small island, and only a tiny portion of it is inhabited. Most of the island (85%) is a nature conservancy, and the Wriggleys are very proud of this contribution to nature and science. Well, tourism is the mainstay of the island locals living in Avalon (the town on the island) and people boat and fly over,often bringing their cats,and sometimes the cats stay, either on accident or purposefully lefty there. So, the island has a large feral population,as the island has no real vet or vet hospital, but only a weekend vet, more or less. To be fair, they weekend vet,along with help from Pasadena Humane Society, has made an effort to TNR some of the cats of Avalon. The problem lies in that on the 85 percent of the island not easily accessible to humans, some cats,though ve5ry difficult and arduous to survive on, have taken up residence on the 85%. So,those cats are not only not easily trappable, if at all possible to do, but have been reeking havoc on the islands wildlife balance. Some of the Avalon locals contact6ed me to help with TNR and said the cats need a solution: Wriggleys don't want to kill them,because of the bad publicity it would bring, but something has to be done.So while I was preparing to present something to the Wriggley family to help solve the problem without a bloodbath, I got another message that the Wriggleys hired an exterminator company and most of the cats on Avalon, were now gone. It would be great to have that study to use right about now... * * Love and Katnip, ~Kat~ =^,,^= **"I'm Kat Parker. I park cats."** * > > > ---- Lee Evans <moonsiste...@yahoo.com> wrote: > > All these "killer cat" articles are a backlash against TNR. It's > unfortunate that some people are so mentally paralyzed that they don't > realize that spaying and neutering a cat (or dog) will stop the > reproductive cycle. A spayed cat is a spayed cat, one cat. An intact cat is > a cat and then more and more cats with each birth of kittens. I have spoken > to people who say, "Well yes, but even if you spay the cat you still have a > cat. Using this logic, any time you have a quantity of individuals who are > considered "too many", including human overpopulation you should look > towards a solution that involves killing the individuals, which instantly > rids the area of the unwanted human or non human but doesn't solve the long > term problem of overpopulation. Hitler tried this form of birth control, > killing those individuals that he thought were not valuable and should not > reproduce. Obviously, it didn't work too well. Any time killing is involved > in population > > control, there will be people who will not go along with the program > because of issues like compassion and aversion to death. > > Now here's a true study. There was a town in Arizona or Colorado (not sure > which State) that did have a large number of free-roaming cats. They did > trap them and kill them and were down to very few cats. Most of the > remaining cats were kept inside. It was actually against the law to allow > cats outside. Mother Nature hates to be tampered with. In a year, the town > was overrun by rats and mice and crop eating small mammals. People were so > upset that the City Council voted to import several hundred cats from > shelters in surrounding towns so that they could rebuild their outside cat > population. It seems that in spite of the 150 million estimate of cats and > the billions of dead mice and rats and birds, we see no dearth of mice, > rats and birds, including song birds. And yes, cats are an "introduced" > species although the cat family of larger cats such as mountain lions, bob > cats and others were here already when explorers arrived to settle this > continent. > > There was a good reason why the cats came along. If they hadn't, the > rats and mice that infested the ships would have eaten the food supplies > before the ships could complete the journey. All that would have been left > would have been skeletons of starved to death settlers. > > > > Spay and Neuter your cats and dogs and your weird relatives and nasty > neighbors too! > > > > > > >________________________________ > > From: Kathryn Hargreaves <khargrea...@gmail.com> > >To: email@example.com > >Sent: Sunday, February 3, 2013 10:02 PM > >Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] War on Cats and Others > > > > > >Take heart: > http://www.npr.org/blogs/13.7/2013/02/03/170851048/do-we-really-know-that-cats-kill-by-the-billions-not-so-fast > > > > >
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