why I hate cats and dogs

Subject: why I hate cats and dogs
From: Ronda Green <>
Date: Tue, 22 Nov 2011 08:55:39 +1000
I have trouble with hating animals that are just following their instincts - I 
direct my anger towards the folk who dumped kittens or pups in the bush, let 
their pets roam at night, or those who intentionally introduced pest species

We don't have to hate everything we need to ban or kill, and doing so can lead 
to needless suffering

Some conservationist-minded people who would never dream of being cruel to most 
animals do terrible things to cane toads as a kind of punishment for what they 
do to our wildlife, but the toad is totally unaware of the problem, and their 
ancestors never asked to come here any more than the convicts did - they should 
be killed quickly and humanely just as any creature that needs dispatching. I 
sympathise with one resident of the Adelaide Hills for wanting to kill the 
foxes, but not for capturing one and then giving herself the satisfaction of 
beating and strangling it.

Foxes are lovely, intelligent, sensitive animals, but it was idiotic to bring 
them here (and what a stupid reason - for gentlemen to go hunting!), and 
criminal to take them to Tassie more recently (now that we have no illusions as 
to what their effect will be). They need to be exterminated wherever possible, 
but do we have to actually hate them while doing so?  Do we want our abattoirs 
staffed by people who hate the cattle and sheep they're killing?

WIth cats and foxes, I tend to think of them in much the same way that 
Frederick did of the Pirates of Penzance: "Individually  I love you all with 
affection unspeakable; but, collectively, I look upon you with a disgust that 
amounts to absolute detestation."

I have not kept a cat for over 40 years now, although I used to be very fond of 
pets I had way back then, but the on;y way I would keep them would be in 
extensive enclosures we can't afford.  I still keep dogs, but they are confined 
to the garden by a high chain wire fence, sleep in the house at night, and know 
very well they will be reprimanded for chasing anything living, and I have 
deliberately not chosen terriers or hunting breeds when selecting new puppies 
for the household.

Ronda Green, BSc(Hons) PhD
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