feral cats and immigration (The Age)

To: Andrew Stafford <>
Subject: feral cats and immigration (The Age)
From: Peter Shute <>
Date: Sun, 13 Jan 2013 07:39:05 +1100
Good response, Andrew. Having said that, while I think it's absurd that feral 
cats are only despised because they're not native, I have noticed an attitude 
to ferals among some people that's similar to racism.

They seem to have an excessive hatred for Mynas, etc, and cane toads are often 
subjected to all kinds of painful deaths. Perhaps it's necessary to hate 
something in order to continue culling it, and perhaps Franklin has noticed 
this and got the cause and the effect the wrong way around.

Peter Shute

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On 13/01/2013, at 12:19 AM, "Andrew Stafford" <> wrote:

> After my somewhat intemperate outburst regarding the publication of Professor 
> Adrian Franklin's piece in The Age earlier this week (I called it "the 
> biggest load of crap this side of a dysentery epidemic"), Birding-Aus filled 
> up for a day with far more useful posts than mine about the feral cat 
> problem. I would like to thank all those people whose posts led me to links 
> that I quickly assembled for an opinion piece of my own by way of reply. I 
> was intending to do this anyway - but those replies saved me a lot of time in 
> research, and I thank everyone who contributed to the topic. These replies 
> need to be written quickly if they're to be published, so it was a great 
> help. I trust I haven't plagiarised anyone! I did borrow the superb quote 
> from Ross Macfarlane's brother at the end, which I acknowledged, though not 
> by name.
> The piece appears in today's Age, quite to my surprise (no one contacted me 
> to tell me it was going in) - 
> One thing that got edited out of my short bio at the bottom was that I keep 
> my lilac-point ragdoll indoors!
> Thanks again
> Andrew
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