Cats have been falsely accused of everything from smothering babies to cohorting with the Devil himself. People today aren't falling for the Old Wives Tales and myths of yesterday. In response Haters kicked it up a notch resorting to Nazi-like propaganda; even getting the CDC and Smithsonian on their anti-cat bandwagon.
A story recently posted by the Pussington Post reports that cats do not deserve the lion’s share of blame for the destruction of wildlife.
“Cats are formidable predators, but this does not mean that they cause extinction of other animals and should be subject to widespread extermination. The truth about predation is far more subtle than the anti-cat lobby would have us believe.” James Lautner, Senior Cats Editor .
Our current ecosystem includes cats. Living in the past doesn't change that reality. We can no more go back to a time before cats than we can a time before slavery or the Holocaust. Cats need to feed their young and survive like the rest of our wildlife, like us. There will always be casualties in terms of the food chain. That's simply the way of the world, not the fault of cats.
If cats were the triumphant bird killers that anti-cat campaigns make them out to be we would see much less birds, much less dumpster diving for scraps and less putting themselves in harms way by way of begging for food from one of their predators, us.
A recent study from Australia published in the journal Global Ecology and Biography by the American Association for the Advancement of Science journal Science reports the following:
“Native mammals were most likely to die off on islands that had rats, but not cats, foxes, or dingoes. Extinction rates on such islands ranged from 15% to 30%, but when cats, foxes, or dingoes were present, the rates plummeted to just over 10%—not much higher than on islands without any introduced predators….. a very nice, large data set, and a very well-constructed and complete analysis of the problem,” Phillip Cassey, an ecologist at the University of Adelaide Environment Institute.
Unlike the recent hate spewing junk science published by the Smithsonian and others, this is not a study of one group of cats or a study in one specific location. It looks at data from 323 Australian islands and 934 mammal populations, and that is extensive by any count; and it is precisely in such island populations that the effects of feline predation are likely to have the greatest effect. In other words, the study includes “a very nice, large data set, and a very well-constructed and complete analysis of the problem,” says Phillip Cassey, an ecologist at the University of Adelaide Environment Institute.
If cat haters are the bird-loving warriors they claim to be they will find a non-violent way to protect birds. This is how the rest of the animal rescue world operates. In this country we don't resort to murder to solve problems. If your only solution to problems and conflict is 'violence, killing, mass murder' what does that say about you and your conflict/resolution skills, your humanity, your civility?
The art of propaganda consists of awaking the imagination of the public through an appeal to their feelings. Cat Haters use the 'poor innocent birds' to appeal to the hearts of the masses. They aren't trying to save birds, they're trying to justify their murderous violent behavior and win the support and approval of the community in the process. How else do they side-step the recent advancements in Animal Anti-Cruelty laws that you and I have worked so hard for so long to achieve?
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