Well written Andrew. On the topic of your Ragdoll - I had a cat, until I
discovered Aboriginal relatives staying with us so liked the cat that they
wanted to take kittens back to their outstations as pets. That cat killed
only one bird that I know of -but it was a Forest Kingfisher, an uncommon
sight in the middle of Darwin.
After the cat died I decided never to have another.
Denise Lawungkurr Goodfellow
1/7 Songlark Street,
Bakewell, NT 0832
043 8650 835
On 13/1/13 6:09 AM, "Peter Shute" <> wrote:
> 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
> Sent from my iPad
> 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
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