FW: Cats

To: "'Julian Bielewicz'" <>
Subject: FW: Cats
From: "Glen Netpro Sales" <>
Date: Thu, 10 Jul 2014 09:05:26 +1000
Hi Julian,

I agree totally with your underlying message that rather than cats being the
problem that people are the problem.

It is one of humanities greatest failings in that we create a problem and
then go ahead and blame everything else once the consequences arise.

Cats are just one these failings, Flying Foxes are another...we have knocked
down so much of their native environment and then complain bitterly when
they move into towns/places where they become inconvenient to us.

Kangaroos are another, we supply plenty of food and water for them in a
country that never used to support the quantities of freely available water
and are "surprised" when their populations increase and become a "problem"
for us.

The list goes on and on and it doesn't take much research to find what
"animal" is really behind all these "problems".

End Rant :)

Glenn McRae

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-----Original Message-----
From: Birding-Aus  On Behalf Of
Julian Bielewicz
Sent: Thursday, 10 July 2014 8:48 AM
To: Ross Macfarlane; 
Subject: FW: Cats

Unlike Ross, I am unashamedly a cat lover; nay, I consider myself an animal 
lover per se and make no exceptions.

I have, over the years, travelled to many corners around the globe and on 
each occasion have come across top notch birders who also have a pet cat [or

two].  That tally includes top birders here in Australia.

The current anti-cat thread is an old chestnut that keeps raising its often 
nonsensical head on an almost regular basis and appears to become more 
radical with each reincarnation: de-sex ALL male cats; round them up and 
send them back to England; shoot all feral cats; shoot, or in some other 
way, do away with ALL domestic cats; etc., etc., ad nauseum, ad bloody 

"Feline phobics" tend to overlook a number of salient points.  You yourself,

Ross, hinted at one of their oversights.  There are infinitely more cat 
lovers than birdwatchers in Australia and politicians work on the greatest 
ballot return for the least effort.  Cat lover votes outnumber birdwatcher 
votes by a significant margin. Indeed, if it came down to the mass genocide 
of cats in Australia I doubt that even all birders would jump onto the 
bandwagon of these drastic measures.

And of course cats are not the root problem, people are.  People, 
specifically Europeans, brought the cat to Australia.  Europeans are 
responsible for far more habitat/fauna destruction than any other introduced

species to these shores.  In terms of destruction, how would a canal estate 
development [a solely human activity] equate with the damage caused to 
wildlife by feral cats?

It would seem to me that those serious about safeguarding our native birds 
against the menace of this European pet malady  should first consider a 
campaign to eradicate all irresponsible Australian cat owners: castrate all 
macho males; ship them all back to England [these people have to be Poms, no

self-respecting dinky-di Aussie would ever release a cat into the wild].

Or we could simply exterminate all the Australian ferals - the gays and 
lesbians;  the Communists and anyone else who votes left of the Political 
Party we favour; the Vegans and the Greens; the Jews, Moslems and all other 
hair-brained, half-bake quasi-religious groups [the "God Squad" springs 
immediately to mind].

Without these irresponsible feral humans surely the problem of feral cats 
will be immediately eliminated.

Oh dear!  I suppose I'll now get another bollocking from Bill.



P.S.  I also maintain a birdtable and regularly feed wild birds.  Most 
unscientific and Bolshie of me although I doubt I am alone in practising 
this heinous indiscretion. 

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