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Solution at hand for herds of outdoor cats, but not much progress made

Written by Ben Allen, General Assignment Reporter | May 26, 2015 2:34 PM
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(Harrisburg) -- A solution to a problem that can frustrate people not just in the midstate but nationwide could be at hand, but advocates say progress has been piecemeal.

They're called feral cats, though experts say the term community cats is more accurate for the thousands of the animals that live outside.

The Humane Society of Harrisburg Area is trying to get a handle on the problem one at a time.

Amy Kaunas, the group's executive director, says people who trap feral cats and bring them in are told the animals will be placed back in the wild.

"That's a mind-blowing experience for some people because they simply want the cat to go away. And it's a challenge for us because many times we can't give that individual what they're expecting or what they think they want," she says.

Kaunas says after neutering the cats, they have to be returned to the outdoors because they often can't live with humans.

She says a number of municipalities have tried to deal with the problem with Trap, Neuter, and Release programs.

She singled out Derry and Swatara townships, as well as Steelton Borough, for using the practice.

Kaunas says if enough people help out a little, her organization can get a handle on the cat population.

"Even if it's something as simple as 'Hey can you set a couple of traps down, bring these four cats tomorrow so we can alter them to prevent a litter happening in the next two weeks.'"

Others have banned feeding though hungry cats quickly grow irritable and get aggressive about finding their next meal, which can be problematic if they turn to dumpsters and trash cans near homes and restaurants.

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  • Johanna Van de Woestijne img 2015-05-26 16:34

    Ben Allen, the article on neuter and release of feral cats is written like an opinion piece. You don't seem to be aware that the professional associations of Wildlife Veterinarians and Public Health Veterinarians oppose trap neuter release. It is not a new program and has been practiced formally and informally for decades in many parts of the country, and proven to be ineffective in reducing feral cat population numbers in open systems.

    Trap neuter release can reduce cat numbers in limited situations of closed systems (predatory fencing) and high rates of neutering. In open systems, trap neuter release does not actually reduce the feral cat population due to immigration into the area of intact animals, which reproduce at a level high enough to keep cat populations stable or increasing. Dumping cats back out into the environment is also extremely damaging to native small mammals and birds, which are important to the health and balance of local ecosystems. I suggest you contact Dr Travis Longcore of University of Southern California, who has performed much research on the failure of trap neuter release in urban wildlands.

    You also seem to be unaware that cats transmit Toxoplasma gondii through their feces, which is a public health issue. The feces wash into the food and water supply in free roaming situations, infecting wildlife as well as people, resulting in fetal demise, fetal hydrocephalus, ocular lesions leading to blindness. Livestock to can suffer fetal demise and the meat becomes an infection source again too for humans. There are several other infectious diseases transmitted by feral and free roaming cats, one of which is rabies. The neutered released cats are not adequately vaccinated against rabies, because they are seldom vaccinated at all, or recaptured for the boosters. About 20% of the feral cats are infected with immunocompromising viruses which cause rabies vaccination failures. Rabies is a fatal disease. Cats are the domestic animal causing the largest proportion of rabies post exposure prophylaxis treatments, which start at $2000. The PEP saves lives, but it sure isn't cheap.

    The nuisance factor too is a little under represented in your article too. Cat feces in your garden are unhealthy and unpleasant for responsible people who keep their cats indoors and provide litter boxes. You didn't even mention that American Bird Conservancy has a more effective program for feral cat control called Cats Indoors, where they educate people to keep cats indoors, neuter before the first litter, and maintain regular veterinary visits for vaccinations and parasite treatment. They support removing feral cats from the environment, required licensing and regulation of dogs and cats alike. When you write about matters that affect the public health, food supply, water, and environmental health, you really should research a little more of the science behind the topic. Let me know if you want references to the research or scientists in the field. Everyone likes a warm fuzzy article, but a little more public health information and communication about the science is in order. All the best, Johanna van de Woestijne, Stanford Med '87

  • TNR Researcher img 2015-05-27 01:23

    When you find out that your elected officials are just really bambi-cartoon-educated cat-licking imbeciles (who take the "word" of deceitful and lying cat-hoarders), those who are in favor of destroying everyone's property and lives, spreading 3dozen+ deadly diseases that cats spread to humans today, killing off all your NATIVE cat-species with feline diseases, and rare marine mammals and inland otters from cats Toxoplasma gondii parasite, and torturing to death all our native wildlife with their vermin invasive species cats; then if you live next-door to a TNR cat-hoarder here's some further help for you to PERMANENTLY solve the problem that these demented and astoundingly disrespectful TNR cat-hoarders cause before they ruin your lives even further -- until the next election.

    The 100% effective and PERMANENT SOLUTION. Guaranteed. Tested and approved.

    You will find that it is 100% ineffective to try to discuss this with any cat-advocate (this very discussion being a PERFECT example, proving it beyond any doubt left in the known universe). Do what I did after 15 years of trying to reason-with and educate the ineducable (at the loss of THOUSANDS of native animals that their cats tortured to death on my lands). Ignore every last thing that every last cat-advocate might ever say and you too will solve a centuries' old problem PERMANENTLY in less than 2 seasons of your time, for a cost of only $0.003 (1/3-penny) to $0.04 per cat. Cat-advocates ARE the problem, they can't be any part of the solution. If you include them in the solution then YOU WILL FAIL. They now deserve and require the EXACT same amount of respect and consideration as they have shown and given to every other life on this planet, animal and human included, that being -- ABSOLUTELY NONE. Then and only then will you solve this global ecological disaster that they created and are hellbent on perpetuating.

    No trapping program in the world has been able to catch-up to cats' breeding rates, this is precisely why Trap & Kill failed as well as Trap, Neuter, Re-abandon (TNR) is an even bigger failure. Actively and aggressively hunting them down, employing "Hunted to Extinction" methods, is the ONLY way to get ahead of and stay ahead of cats' breeding rates, their ability to out-adapt to any trapping method used, and also the rates at which criminally-irresponsible cat-lickers let more invasive-species vermin cats be born and dumped illegally outdoors.

    Licensing and laws do nothing to curb the problem. If cats are required to be licensed then these lying, deceitful, manipulative, and conniving cat-lickers just stop putting collars on their cats; as they did by me. And they won't even bother getting them micro-chipped, especially not that. They want absolutely nothing that can hold them legally accountable for their actions and the actions of their cats. We're not talking about the topmost responsible citizens of the world, you know. They don't want that responsibility of what they and their cats have done coming back on them. If they had even one iota of a sense of responsibility and respect for all other lives on this planet we wouldn't even be having these discussions.

    Any non-native cat that is allowed to illegally hunt our native wildlife where I live then in turn gets hunted until dead. No delays, no excuses, NO EXCEPTIONS. That's the very best way to keep these invasive species vermin from destroying any more native wildlife or spreading any more of their 3dozen+ deadly diseases to all other animals and humans. They had annihilated all the wildlife on my lands for 15 years, until on advice of the Sheriff I shot and buried every last one of hundreds of their vermin cats for them (AS-IS THE LEGAL RIGHT OF EVERY LAND-OWNER). Collared or not -- for you MUST destroy ALL stray collared cats as well, they are the very source of every last feral cat. If you don't destroy them too then you have done NOTHING to solve the feral cat problem. Guaranteed. All the cat-lickers by me told me for over a decade that all their "pet" cats were sterilized. But upon inspection during shooting and burying hundreds of them, NOT ONE of their cats was sterilized. Cat-advocates and cat-owners who let cats roam free are manipulative and deceptive LIARS -- one and all.

    If you live where its not legal to use firearms (areas zoned as "residential") then check into 700-1200fps air-rifles and round-nosed vermin-pellets. Many of the new ones come with their own sound-suppressor designs built-in, specifically designed for shooting vermin cats in urban areas, the demand is that great. Just remember, shoot-to-kill is a perfectly legal way to rid your homes and lands of these diseased vermin cats. Shoot-to-maim is animal cruelty, and rightly so, all hunters know this. Don't let them parade another illegal shoot-to-maim case in the media to exploit yet another suffering cat for donations for themselves. They torture enough cats to death with their TNR programs for that and make $millions by doing so. (Check out Better Business Bureau's findings of "Alley Cat All Lies" for one example of how to become a multimillionaire by torturing stray cats to death by letting them roam free. http://web.archive.Org/web/20131013073823/http://www.bbb.Org/charity-reviews/national/animal-protection/alley-cat-allies-in-bethesda-md-107/financial They can't become millionaires if they euthanize them first! No, they need dead and suffering cats in all the streets of the world so when they find them dying of TNR "attrition" they can further exploit dead and injured cats for massive donations to their own bank-accounts. You too can become a deceptive, manipulative, and morally reprehensible $multimillionaire by following this animal-torturing and cyber-bullying business-model invented by Becky Robinson!)

    Then there's always the "SSS and TDSS Cat Management Programs" that are exploding in popularity worldwide: Shoot, Shovel, & Shut-Up; or Trap, Drown, Shovel, & Shut-Up. Both methods are legal on every square foot of this earth. No local ordinances were violated if it never happened. In fact, most law-enforcement agencies prefer that you use either of those two methods so that these criminally-negligent cat-lickers don't cause even more problems for your community than they already have with their disease-infested vermin. As we ALL know, the only thing worse than having feral cats is drawing feral-cat-lickers (criminally irresponsible cat-hoarders) right to your door. They will do everything possible to destroy your life even further than they already have with their cats if they find out you are even thinking about destroying their vermin for them. Cat-lickers delusionally believe that any land on which a cat has stepped-foot is their own property and they can manipulate and control the owners and all laws on it. There are dozens of their cyber-stalking and cyber-bullying attacks on individuals, businesses, whole towns, and even corporations on a weekly basis. One time so bad that they even drove a loving veterinarian to suicide, and she only tried to save the life of one of their outdoor hoarded TNR cats. http://banvetabuse.blogspot.Co.Uk/2014_03_01_archive.html They will even send death-threats to Congressmen and their families. Google for: Oda Lawmakers Shun Security Threats

    Here too is a good example of what will happen should even one of their TNR cats get ran-over by a car (or dies from any other form of their "loving and humane attrition") near your place of business or your home: http://www.facebook.Com/photo.php?fbid=747875778604304 And here's what really happened: http://www.wtov9.Com/news/features/top-stories/stories/alleged-animal-abuse-investigated-weirton-5308.shtml Someone not even associated with this business ran-over one of their free-roaming cats by accident. The fun part of this cyber-bullying attack (which, luckily the business-owners had excellent lawyers and were able to get most of their cyber-attack sites shut-down fast in one day, and sue the piśś out of anyone involved), is that the group behind it all and supported by Alley-Cat-ALL-LIES (where I found the above facebook link still available) even admitted that those photos were from Europe over three years ago, another from China six years ago. http://www.chinasmack.Com/2009/pictures/kittens-found-abused-dead-mother-kunming.html They just paste dead-cat photos around whatever business they want to destroy where any of their TNR cats get ran-over. Isn't TNR GREAT!! LOL

    This is precisely why everyone is learning to destroy all cats on their properties as quickly and quietly as possible. Telling nobody beforehand about any cats even being there. Long before these psychotic cyber-bullying cat-licker sociopaths and psychopaths get wind of the cats. Shoot (or trap & drown) cats first -- tell no-one later. The only thing worse than feral cats are feral cat-lickers. You can legally shoot the former, not the latter. You need to pay lawyers and courts to get rid of the latter. THEN you can get rid of their cats. And the sad part is, that's EXACTLY what happens, each and every time. People are wising-up. If ANY cats are around they destroy every last one of them first, before they make any other move. Before these cyber-bullying cat-lickers can do anything about it to try to destroy and waste everyone's lives even more than they already have with their disease-infested invasive-species vermin cats. Not quite the results that these sociopathic cat-lickers had intended, but that's what they're getting! :-)

    Where cats have already learned to evade all trapping methods for trapping & drowning (and you aren't confident with firearms or air-rifles (local ordinances permitting)), then inexpensive generic acetaminophen (overseas paracetamol) pain-relievers are a more species-specific vermin poison (though harmful to most reptiles, which won't be dining on the cat-bait-foods that you'll be using) -- a method condoned by even Audubon, Smithsonian, and National Geographic today. Stray cats have been listed as "vermin" since the early 1900's. (I learned this from a cat-licker. Thanks cat-lickers!) This is why it is even legal to use any and all vermin-poisons on them. For an even more species-specific vermin poison check into the toxicity of "Lilium" species of flowers too. Be certain the plant contains the word "Lilium" in the scientific-name (other plants with the word "Lily" in the common-name may be toxic to other species besides cats). Common N. American "Day Lilies" also work, they are the one exception to the rule that the name "Lilium" needs to be in the scientific name. Lilium species of flowers are 100% fatal to cats ONLY, even a bit of pollen on their fur that they lick-off will do. If they even drink a bit of water in which a bunch of Lilium flowers have been kept -- that too is fatal, but totally harmless to all other species of animals (including dogs). Much safer for the environment and all other animals than the rat-poisons and antifreeze that cat-lickers have forced everyone into using on their cats. These plants when harvested and dried for year-round cat-eradication use is even better, as the unknown toxin is concentrated during the drying process (the blossoms and pollen being most toxic), and the dried plants are even more palatable to cats. An excellent mulch for anyone's garden or a ground-up additive for any tins of food left lying around.

    However, you really need to dispose of that cat safely and hygienically so that wildlife won't die from the deadly diseases cats spread even after their death. Leaving ANY cat out in nature, alive OR dead, is no better than intentionally poisoning your native wildlife to death. I know this. I fed one of the hundreds of shot-dead cats on my lands to some wildlife under my care, those animals and their offspring that they had while under my care then died from some disease in that cat-meat. Cats truly are complete and total wastes-of-flesh. They can't even be used to feed wildlife safely.

    I don't see anyone dumping cats where I live anymore. They don't even adopt more than can be kept under lock & key 24/7/52. When driving through the area I don't see even one cat on anyone's doorsteps anymore. I always keep an eye-out to see if there are more free-roaming cats that will have to be shot. And if I'll have to leave fish-oil trails on all the roadsides again, leading right to my IR surveillance system and laser-sighted rifle. The eradication of these vermin was so complete and effective that cats are non-existent from my area for over FIVE years now. Not seen nor heard a single one. So much for that cat-lickers' oft-spewed and manipulative "vacuum effect" deception and lie too, eh?

    Leaving ANY of their invasive species cats outside in my area means certain death for their cat, its further existence can be counted in hours. You'd think everyone else could learn from this simple lesson. The quickest way to solve an unwanted animal and irresponsible pet-owner problem is to let everyone know that you will quickly and humanely destroy every last one of their unwanted, uncared-for, or unsupervised animals for them. They either grow up fast or, far more plausible, dump their animals elsewhere to become someone else's problem.

    You just can't be an enabler of criminally irresponsible spineless and heartless idiots -- or they remain that way. (At least where you live, anyway.)

    **IF THERE ARE NOT DIRECT AND IMMEDIATE IRREVERSIBLE CONSEQUENCES TO PET-OWNERS' CRIMINALLY-NEGLIGENT AND CRIMINALLY-IRRESPONSIBLE BEHAVIORS AND VALUES THEN THEY LEARN ABSOLUTELY NOTHING.**

  • TNR Researcher img 2015-05-27 01:25

    The TNR CON-GAME

    FACT: Trap & Kill failed because cats cannot be trapped faster than they exponentially breed out of control.

    FACT: Trap, Neuter, & Re-Abandon (TNR) is an even bigger abject failure because these man-made ecological disasters cannot be trapped faster than they exponentially breed out of control, and they also continue to cruelly annihilate all native wildlife (from the smallest of prey up to the top predators that are starved to death), and the cats continue to spread many deadly diseases that they carry today — FOR WHICH THERE ARE NO VACCINES AGAINST THEM. Many of which are even listed as bio-terrorism agents. (Such as Tularemia and The Plague — Yes, people have already died from cat-transmitted plague in the USA. No fleas nor rats even required. The cats themselves carry and transmit the plague all on their own.)

    FACT: Hunted To Extinction (or in this case, extirpation of all outdoor cats) is the ONLY method that is faster than a species like cats can exponentially out-breed and out-adapt to. Especially a man-made invasive species like these cats that can breed 2X-4X's faster than any naturally occurring cat-species.

    FACT: THERE IS ABSOLUTELY _NOTHING_ HUMANE ABOUT TNR. Nearly every last TNR'ed cat dies an inhumane death by road-kill, from cat and animal attacks, environmental poisons, starvation, dehydration, freezing to death, infections, eaten from the inside-out by parasites, etc. And if very very lucky humanely shot to death or re-trapped and drowned (the two most common methods employed on all farms and ranches to protect their gestating livestock's offspring and valuable native wildlife dying from cats' Toxoplasmosis parasites). This doesn't begin to count the thousands of defenseless native animals that cats skin alive and disembowel alive for their daily and hourly play-toys. And pitting cat against cat to fight-to-the-death for territory is ABSOLUTELY NO DIFFERENT than those who run criminal dog-fight rings to see who wins. They spend YEARS in jail. IT IS A HIGHLY PUNISHABLE CRIME TO FORCE *ANY* DOMESTICATED ANIMALS TO FIGHT EACH OTHER FOR THEIR VERY SURVIVAL.

    FACT: The only difference in destroying cats immediately and humanely instead of trapping, sterilizing, then releasing them to an inhumane death and forcing them to fight-to-the-death for survival; is that money isn't going into Becky Robinson's Alley-Cat-All-Lies pocket, or an HSUS or SPCA board-member's pocket, veterinarian's pocket, cat-food company CEO's pocket, or a drug-company CEO's pocket. And that's the ONLY difference! Support yet another organization that exploits and perpetuates the suffering of animals for their own personal financial gain, then try to sleep well at night.

    FACT: These manipulative, deceptive, and deceitful TNR proponents are now clipping cats ears ONLY. WITHOUT vaccinations nor sterilizing them. They do this to save money and protect their outdoor hoarded cat colonies from being trapped and euthanized by the state because the clipped-ear shows officials that they have been sterilized and vaccinated. Why pay $140 for each cat and all that time when just a trap and a simple snip of scissors on each one can also protect their hoarded cats from being destroyed? (I have absolute proof of this.)

    FACT: Cats are a man-made (through selective breeding) invasive species. And as such, are no less of a man-made environmental disaster than any other caused by man. Cats are even worse than an oil-spill of continent-sized proportions. They not only kill off rare and endangered marine-mammals along all coastlines from run-off carrying cats' Toxoplasma gondii parasites, they destroy the complete food-chain in every ecosystem where cats are found. From smallest of prey gutted and skinned alive for cats' tortured play-toys, up to the top predators that are starved to death from cats destroying their ONLY food sources. (Precisely what cats caused on my own lands not long ago.)

    FACT: In _SEVENTEEN_YEARS_ Alley Cat ALL-LIES branch of NYC have only reduced feral cats in their own city by 0.08% to 0.024% (as the months go on that percentage becomes more insignificant), allowing more than 99.92% to 99.976% to exponentially breed out of control. Here's how Alley-Cat-ALL-LIES' deceptive math works: If you TNR 4 cats and 3 get flattened by cars this translates to 75% fewer feral-cats everywhere. Alley Cat ALL-LIES of NYC can't even reduce cats in their own city, yet they promote it as a worldwide solution. Then even bigger fools fall for it and promote it.

    FACT: When researching over 100 of the most "successful" TNR programs worldwide, JUST ONE trapped more than 0.4%. Oregon's 50,000 TNR'ed cats (the highest rate I found) is 4.9% of all ferals in their state. Yet, by applying population growth calculus on the unsterilized 95.1% they will have trapped only 0.35% of all cats in their state sometime this year. Less than 0.4% is a far cry from the required 75%-85% to be the least bit effective.

    FACT: Their mythical "vacuum effect" is a 100% LIE. A study done by the Texas A&M University proved that any perceived "vacuum" is just the simple case that CATS ATTRACT CATS. Get rid of them all and there are no cats there to attract more. I proved this myself by shooting and burying hundreds of them on my own lands. ZERO cats replaced them FOR FIVE YEARS NOW. If you want more cats, keep even one of them around, more will find you. That university study also found that sterilized cats very poorly defend any territory. Non-sterilized cats, being more aggressive, take over the sterilized cats' resources (shelter & food if any). If there is any kind of "vacuum effect" at all, it is that sterilizing cats cause non-sterilized cats to restore the reproductive void.

    FACT: During all this investigation I have discovered something that is unfaltering without fail. Something that you can bet your very life on and win every last time. That being — IF A TNR CAT-HOARDER IS TALKING THEN THEY ARE LYING. 100% guaranteed!

    • Rebekah img 2015-08-03 15:16

      I like how you don't have any sources to back your "facts up with".

      TNR keeps cats from breeding out of control and reduces population. Alley Cat Alleys links to many case studies that you probably ingnore.

      Indoor cats also eventually die. It's true, there are many ways feral cats can die, but they're no more painful that dying from a terminal disease or having a household accident. I don't think it's fair to use dog fighting as an argument against feral cats, because that's illegal and animal advocates spend a lot of time fighting against it.

      Furthormore, it is illegal to shoot, poison, or otherwise kill any cat in Pennsylvania. http://www.pspca.org/humane-law-enforcement-and-litigation/humane-litigation/pennsylvanias-animal-cruelty-laws/
      In most states there are laws against killing even feral cats, because you never know who might own or care for a cat.

      It's unfortunate that some individuals have resorted to snipping cats' ears without practicing TNR, but these people are not concerned with the animals' well-being. There is a place in Camp Hill that will neuter, vaccinate, and de-worm cats for $25, so it's inexpensive enough around HSUS that people have no excuse for faking TNR.
      http://www.nobodyscats.org/
      TNR is also beginning to include microchipping, which will allow groups to doucle-check that a cat hasn't just been ear-tipped.
      http://www.peggyadams.org/tnvr

      Toxoplasmosis is a parasite that can cause flu-like symtoms. People can protect themselves from toxoplasmosis by wearing gloves or washing their hands when having contact with dirt, covering up sandboxes at night, and being careful when handled raw, untreated meat. Toxoplasmosis hasn't been found to kill people or livestock unless they are immunocompromised, at which point any virus, bacteria, or parasite is likely to kill you.
      http://www.medicinenet.com/toxoplasmosis/article.htm

      Unfortunately, TNR isn't widespread enough to affect state cat populations, but we might get there someday as low-cost TNR clinics become more common.

      Finally, a vacuum refers to an empty space. Trapping and euthanasia cannot maintain an empty space, because the entire USA is full of homeless cats.

  • TNR Researcher img 2015-05-27 01:26

    If your cats were only destroying invasive species (cats themselves being a noxious invasive species), then nobody would be complaining. But your vermin cats destroy anything that moves. Letting a cat roam free is absolutely no better and NO LESS CRIMINAL AND MORALLY REPREHENSIBLE than intentionally throwing rat-poison around on everyone's property to kill any living thing. Your man-made vermin cats are now driving hundreds if not thousands of species of native animals to EXTINCTION across the whole planet. Have you no conscience nor morality left?

    Apparently gutting-alive and skinning-alive animals with everyone's vermin cats, tortured to death just for your cats' play-toys and YOUR entertainment, no other reason, is perfectly acceptable to you. Yeah, you're all fine upstanding "animal-lovers" who respect all other lives around you and all other life on earth, aren't you.

    Are you not even aware that Toxoplasma gondii oocysts when dried (and still viable) become aerosolized and drift on the wind? You can contract potentially-deadly T. gondii just from a cat-owner's yard when it's not been raining for a week and you inhale any air that passes over their land.

    Free-roaming cats and people improperly disposing of indoor-cats' cat-litter are actually killing-off hundreds of rare marine-mammal species, even rare whales and your beloved manatees, (countless numbers of individual rare animals) on coastlines of all the world. A global ecological disaster worse than any oil-spill that has ever existed or could even be imagined. There are now harsh fines in areas of California for anyone found dumping cat-litter illegally -- not in some environmentally-contained landfill. At least some of them "get it".

    Birds are just a minor subset of all the thousands of native animal species (billions of individual animals) that cat-lickers (criminally irresponsible cat-advocates) are annihilating around the world with their man-made invasive species vermin cats.

    Not only are these demented invasive-species house-cats-ONLY "animal lovers" now killing off all Big Cats in all wildlife reserves around the world:

    http://www.thenational.Ae/news/uae-news/big-cat-owners-warned-to-keep-them-acres-away-from-feral-strays

    And for the ultimate example of absurdity and species-conservation irony, now making all moggie-licking residents of the UK (the inventors of that TNR insanity) the complete laughingstocks of the whole world, they've already made their ONE AND ONLY NATIVE CAT SPECIES EXTINCT in the UK with their invasive species "moggies":

    http://www.guardian.Co.Uk/environment/2012/sep/16/scottish-wildcat-extinction

    "A report, produced by the Scottish Wildcat Association, reviewed 2,000 records of camera trap recordings, eyewitness reports and road kills, and concluded there may be only about 40 wildcats left in Scotland in the wild today. 'However you juggle the figures, it is hard to find anything positive,' says Steve Piper, the association's chairman. 'The overwhelming evidence is that the wildcat is going to be extinct within months.'" ... "However, it is not the loss of habitat that is causing the current cat crisis in the Cairngorms. It is the spread of the domestic cat." ... "'Essentially the Highland wildcat is being eradicated by an alien invasive species: the domestic cat.'" (report quoted from two years ago, they are no-doubt extinct by now)

    As well as killing off all their inland River Otters in England (and elsewhere) with their cats' parasites:

    http://www.wildlifeextra.Com/go/news/otter-toxoplasmosis.html

    As well as cats' parasites killing off all rare and endangered marine mammals on all coastlines around the world (worse than any oil-spill that has ever existed or could even be imagined):

    http://news.msn.Com/science-technology/deadly-cat-feces-killing-thousands-of-marine-mammals
    http://www.environmentalhealthnews.Org/ehs/news/hawaiian-monk-seals

    And these cat-licking "animal lover" psychopaths and sociopaths are also killing off all the Mountain Lions (Cougars, Puma, Endangered Florida Panther, etc.), and all other native cat species in North America:

    http://rapidcityjournal.Com/sports/local/feral-cats-pose-threat-to-birds-lions/article_8ec451c9-4b03-55a3-baa7-71ac577905cb.html

    But now these cat-lickers are even killing off rare whales and causing massive birth-defects in the indigenous Inuit people who depend on seal-meat for their very survival. Seals that were infected (and are also dying-off) from these cat-lickers' cats' parasites.

    Cat parasite found in western Arctic Beluga deemed infectious

    http://news.ubc.Ca/2014/02/13/bigthaw/

    Let's thank these psychotic bible-home-schooled cat-lickers for all the fine work they do for being such fantastic "animal lovers", shall we? THEY JUST LOVE CATS SO MUCH! So caring! So thoughtful! So intelligent! So FULL of love for living things! So much so that they will even sacrifice whole races of humans to death-by-birth-defect to prove how much they love their cats.

    I'd love to thank them all, each with a gift of a solitary-confinement prison-cell -- FOR LIFE. Better yet, for their VAST ecological crimes and sins against all of nature and all of humanity, hanged-until-dead would be a far more fitting "gift" for them AND the whole planet. That used to be the punishment for engaging in bio-warfare against the human population and all other animal life in any country. I say bring it back -- special, just for them.

  • Frederick Minshall img 2015-08-09 03:32

    I wrote this commentary which appeared in the Alaska Dispatch, main newspaper in Anchorage, last year when the KKK (Kute Kitty Kultists) started making noise. Challenged 'em to public debate, with UA of Anchorage offering a venue. They've refused. Here's the article:

    'Community cats' are a community hazard and don't deserve special treatment

    Al-Hajj Frederick H. Minshall

    July 6, 2014

    The terms “feral” and “stray cat” are no longer politically correct. “Trap-neuter-and release” advocates demand we henceforth refer to abandoned and wild-born Felis domesticus as “community cats.” For honesty’s sake, I propose they be called “invasive species” — because that’s what they are, no more and no less. TNR proponents argue it’s our duty to assume “community ownership” of deleterious invasive species' populations.

    Feral cats worldwide have caused 33 bird extinctions, are the primary cause for 14 percent of insular wildlife extinctions, and are the principal threat to 8 percent of critically endangered species worldwide. Hawaii’s state bird—the semi-flightless Nene’ goose — was nearly wiped out by introduced cats and mongooses, its population reduced to 30 by 1952. Today most Nene’ geese live in zoos.

    Hawaii has more endangered species than any other state. Amazingly, TNR activists foster feral cat colonies there, members of which were caught on tape destroying Hawaiian petrel nestlings, an endangered seabird — population 50.

    Cats kill more birds and mammals in the U.S. than do automobiles, poisonings and collisions with human structures combined. A Smithsonian Institute study found that 84 million “at-liberty” house cats and 30-65 million feral cats destroy from 1.4 to 3.7 billion birds and from 6.9 to 20.7 billion mammals in the U.S. annually.

    I recently asked “Mojo’s Hope” founder Shannon Basner, a proponent of TNR in Anchorage, to provide ONE example of successful feral cat colony attrition via trap-neuter-release. She admitted she couldn’t. The only “data” she offered were testimonials from fellow TNR proponents who claim it’s working. I wasn’t impressed.

    Every spayed cat returned to a colony enhances survival of un-spayed colony members’ kittens by reducing competition for resources. Thus TNR can actually INCREASE the growth rate and persistence of feral colonies, particularly if they’re fed.

    The heartwarming stories of fewer kittens turning up in shelters thanks to TNR are wishful thinking at best. With less competition, smaller, weaker animals—i.e. kittens of cats NOT trapped, spayed and released — risk baited traps less often, so they don’t show up in shelters as much. And those un-trapped, un-spayed cats? They have between one and five litters of up to 12 kittens a year.

    Most importantly, TNR advocates utterly ignore that a released spayed cat continues merrily destroying wildlife as long as it lives regardless of whether or not humans feed it. Each feral cat kills from 23 to 46 birds and 129 to 338 mammals annually. One of my two cats is 14 years old. If instead of keeping her inside I’d “spayed and released” her, she would have by now likely consumed up to 644 birds and 4,732 mammals.

    There are, however, numerous examples where eradicating invasive species not only succeeded, but halted and reversed environmental damage. The following are examples from among 41 peer-reviewed scientific studies listed on the International Union for the Conservation of Nature website:

    Long Cay Island, British West Indies — re-introducing endangered rhinoceros iguanas into their native habitat became possible after the feral cats which extirpated them from Long Cay were eliminated. The iguanas are now thriving. TNR advocates may not find iguanas as “cute” as cats, but that’s no basis for wildlife stewardship.

    Northwestern Mexico — the Island Conservation and Ecology Group, Instituto de Ecologia del Universidad Autonoma de Mexico, Centro de Investigationes de Biologias de Noroeste and offices of the Areas Naturales Protegidas in 1994 aided local people in eradicating feral cats from 26 islands off the northwest coast of Mexico. By 2001 they’d succeeded on 16 of them. Twenty-six endemic reptile, 21 endemic mammal and one endemic bird species recovered once the cats were gone. For two other endemic birds it’s too late — they’re extinct.

    Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge personnel started eradicating introduced foxes from 39 Aleutian Islands in 1949. Native waterfowl, ptarmigan, shorebird and seabird populations quadrupled or quintupled. Endangered Aleutian cackling geese were reintroduced to those islands and by 2000 had rebounded from near-extinction to more than 35,000 birds.

    Felis domesticus, the "house" cat, is a selectively-bred hybrid bearing little resemblance to its wild parent species, the European and African wild cats, Felis sylvestris and F. lybica. Therefore F. domesticus isn’t a “natural” part of ANY environment, including that of its wild forebears. Want proof? European and African wild cats are critically endangered because they’re being displaced and genetically swamped by their own “domesticated” hybrid descendants.

    Feral cats are an ecological disaster even in the home ranges of the species from which they were bred. When they’re introduced into regions were NO wild cats naturally occurred, their impact on native fauna is incalculably worse.

    I ask TNR advocates — why do feral cats deserve special treatment? Why not feral Norway rats? Why not feral pigeons? Why not feral Burmese pythons, brown tree snakes, snapping turtles, African clawed frogs, cane toads, lionfish, grass carp, northern pike?

    All those species were introduced outside their native ranges by humans and have adversely affected wildlife populations, human populations or both, where they became established. Why should feral cats be treated differently from other harmful invasive species?

    TNR apologists flail and screech that killing feral cats is “cruel,” but say nothing about the cruelty of allowing their precious outdoor “pets” to destroy billions of wild animals. Biologist and columnist Rick Sinnott called TNR “cat hoarding without walls.” It’s worse than that — this selfish, hypocritical practice constitutes cat hoarding without commitment, cost or inconvenience. Wild animals and birds pay the cost in blood, and human communities through exposure to disease.

    Al-Hajj Frederick H. Minshall is a U.S. Navy veteran with a degree in fisheries biology who has lived in Alaska since 2004. He's an Ithna-Ashari ("Twelver") Shi'a Muslim whose chief hobby is overindulging his five grandchildren. "Al-Hajj" (Arabic root "Hijr"—"journey") means "the Pilgrim," and is a traditional title for one who has made pilgrimage to Mecca.

    The views expressed here are the writer's own and are not necessarily endorsed by Alaska Dispatch News, which welcomes a broad range of viewpoints. To submit a piece for consideration, e-mail commentary@alaskadispatch.com.

    • Native img 2016-09-15 19:03

      Fredrick Minshall, you are misinformed. The Hawaiian Nene goose is alive and well on Maui and the Bg Island and numbers are rising because hunting was prohibited. People, not cats were the reason for the decline in numbers.

      "by 1999 the total population was estimated at 960 to 1,000 birds"
      BirdLife International. (2000) Threatened Birds of the World. Lynx Edicions and BirdLife International, Barcelona and Cambridge.

      I wonder how many of your other 'facts' are manufactured as well. Had I enough time... but you are not worth it.

      You are simply a cat jihadist who won't let facts get in the way of your opinions.

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