I took Denise's use of the word "delegitimise" to mean making cat ownership
less attractive, rather than illegal. I think this is already happening with
the increasing voluntary use of cat runs, although there is always a strong
push back every time a local council tries to bring in tougher laws.
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> On 2 Jul 2014, at 7:39 pm, "Andrew Thelander" <> wrote:
> OMG Denise, haven't you seen all the cat posts on Facebook? Have you surfed
> the internet to see all the cat lovers and their support services? If the
> Australian conservation community goes head-to-head with the world of cat
> lovers, I have no doubt at all who will win - and in a flogging! And will
> that flogging advance the conservation cause or set it back disastrously?
> IMHO conservationists will have to be very smart about the way they deal with
> the cat issue. The sort of ideas I am reading on birding-aus at the moment
> would be a bad move. Game over, in fact. It will take restraint, empathy and
> intelligence to have any chance of solving this one! The big stick won't work.
> PS re smoking, did you read last week's Saturday Paper page one article?
> PPS I don't own a cat.
> PPPS I love you all so please don't flame me!! :-)
>> On 02/07/2014, at 5:12 PM, Denise Goodfellow wrote:
>> Perhaps the overt keeping of cats should be delegitimised like cigarette
>> smoking. That doesn’t necessarily stop people from smoking, but it may mean
>> that cats are less attractive and have less status than our native wildlife.
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