FW: Cats

To: "Ross Macfarlane" <>, <>
Subject: FW: Cats
From: "Julian Bielewicz" <>
Date: Thu, 10 Jul 2014 08:48:24 +1000
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 nauseum.

"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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