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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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