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 Tuesday, 12 April 2005
Tuesday, 12 April 2005 11:43:37 (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) ( )
I'm not a cat person. Partially because I am deathly allergic, but also because I was raised in an anti-cat household. If you are going to have a pet, the only respectable option is a dog. But over the years I've gotten to the point where I don't dislike cats, or wish them ill. Some people love them, and that's just fine.
Wisconsin however, has a problem. Irresponsible cat owners have allowed their pets to escape and over many years these cats have become purely wild. They are no longer pets, they are like a lynx or bobcat (only less dangerous). They are no different than any other wild animal in any objective sense. Additionally, there are now enough of them that they are becoming an environmental problem, not unlike other foreign imported bugs, animals and plants that get inserted into our ecosystems and wreak havoc.
It is no surprise then, that there's a move underway to provide a mechanism by which this wild cat population can be managed. That only makes sense. It is our responsibility to manage the environment, especially when the problem at hand is one of our own creation. It is legal to hunt and trap other wild cats, and that makes sense. Likewise, it makes sense to provide some comparable laws for the wild cats humans have introduced into the ecosystem. Of course wild cat pelts have no value, so they are merely a nuisance, like skunks and many other animals, so it follows that they'd be treated in a comparable manner.
Subjectively I am sure this bothers many cat owners. But objectively it is quite logical. As a long-time dog owner, I can tell you that it is perfectly legal for people to shoot your dog if it is roaming free and acting as a nuisance. If a dog is out there chasing deer, it can be shot. And that's good - animals (even pets) that turn wild must be subject to control. It is up to the owner of the pet to act responsibly and control their pet. Dog or cat, the issue is the same.
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Tuesday, 12 April 2005 13:08:54 (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00)
I grew up hating cats. I now have two of them and I've owned six. I say that to let you know, that as a cat owner, if you see my cat outside acting wild, chasing and killing every small animal it meets, breeding uncrontrollably, I BEG you to shoot it. When domesticated animals escape and become wild, they are living on unfair terms with nature. I had the unfortunate experience to see one of my cats who had escaped in the farmlands of South Georgia return to "visit". I held him in my lap and stroked his fur. It was like old times and I could tell he was happy...for a brief moment. A sudden noise in the forest nearby startled him and he turned on me and attacked my face with a protective animal instinct that I hope I never have to experience again. I was lucky enough to get my arm in the way, but he ate it up.
Wednesday, 13 April 2005 08:03:22 (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00)
Here kitty, kitty, kitty
Wednesday, 13 April 2005 12:18:28 (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00)
I like cats. I think they are cute and cuddly, and sweet for the most part...but wild and unchecked they are an environmental disaster waiting to happen, and something must be done...

...although I would prefer a proactive *something* be done about cat owners who let their animal sroam, who don't spay/neuter...who dump batches of kittens off alone in the wild...

To paraphrase Heavy Metal: The Movie...

"Hangin's too good for 'em, burnin's too good for 'em. They should be torn into itty bitty peices, and buried aliiiiive..."

But your milage may vary.

Tuesday, 19 April 2005 14:20:57 (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00)
I'm an unabashed cat person. I grew up with both cats and dogs, and prefer cats, although I am fond of larger breed dogs (with minor exceptions suchas the late, adorable and sorely missed moppet of the Wagner household...and I'll admit to a fondness for the current pouch de masion). I find them incredibly cute and adorable for the most part.

But I have no objections to this hunt in principle. Cat's can't be held responsible for their instinctive behavior, it's the owners who let them run wild that should pay the price. I wish there were a better way to handle it, something like what they do with the feral cats that live wild in Italy, especially Rome. But if it needs to be done, do it. The only problem I forsee is the unfortunate tendancy of some hunters to revel in the bloodletting, which I find personally distasteful. I think hunting is fine, but it should be approched with respect - even if it is just a feral housecat.
The Evil Cub
Wednesday, 20 April 2005 06:54:23 (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00)
Well it is highly unlikely that anyone would hunt them for sport. They can't be eaten, and their hides are worthless. They'd be “hunted” as a nuisance just like people “hunt” skunks or other problem animals. In other words, if one starts hanging around your house and you have a gun handy, you’ll probably shoot it.

It is unlikely that anyone will revel in the bloodletting – they’ll just kill it and be done with it.
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