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When feral cat advocates are a little crazy

There's a war a-brewing in southern California between "animal rights advocates" and two coyotes.

Here's the deal: Feral cat advocates think that feral cats should be able to live in nature but be exempt from its rules. This means that if two coyotes decide to come along and eat a few of the invasive cats loitering on campus, then the coyotes must be exterminated post-haste. Oh wait, I mean they need to be "trapped" and "relocated", which is euphemism for "snared and shot". Anyone who thinks trappers go around live-trapping and releasing is living in the same vicinity as Goldilocks.

What has twisted up my proverbial panties is not the infamously irksome wedgie but the mind-numbing argument that because people feed cats and "love animals" that they have the right to advocate the needless slaughter of wild, native animals. I am baffled why - somehow - the "rights" of the feral cats to loiter about campus dining on canned tuna and dry kibble supersedes the "rights" of wild predators to hunt them.

Since this is my own personal journal, I get to advocate nothing in reference to the feral cat problem. I do get to advocate letting the coyotes be coyotes in their ever diminishing world called nature.

It should be duly noted that I like cats just fine. I'm even a fan of feral cats. That people take the time and money to feed them is considerate - I would like this approach to be applied to me as well (no tuna, please). I'm not going to try and conjure up a solution for feral cats, I'm just conjuring up a solution to the coyote problem...which is that there isn't a problem and they should be left alone.

Feral cat advocates on my flist may now berate me. Coyote advocates may pat me on the back.

The end.


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houses7177
Jul. 15th, 2008 07:58 pm (UTC)
*pats you* Coyote advocate here. I am not a huge cat fan in general but I support feral cat colonies--but I also support the right of coyotes to eat them. Nature and all that.
dragonvyxn
Jul. 15th, 2008 09:22 pm (UTC)
i'm with you on this... because, you know what? animals eat each other! is anyone delusional enough to think that cats wouldn't eat coyotes if they got a chance? no? ok, great. they're carnivores! it's what they do!
miss_teacher
Jul. 15th, 2008 11:09 pm (UTC)
Exactly. And if the coyotes are killed, what do these people think is going to happen to that feral cat population if there are no more "natural" predators. They are going to be freaking out and complaining about the shitload of cats howling and pissing everywhere.

Why don't they stick up for the deer, rabbits, mice, etc that the coyotes eat? And are all these people veg*n? I doubt it.
miss_teacher
Jul. 15th, 2008 11:12 pm (UTC)
ok so the article says the cats are spayed/neutered. Then why hasn't the population died out?

And if the coyotes are caught and removed, and not actually killed, they will probably be back. If those those two then the coyotes who take that open territory. It's not fair to completely relocate these coyotes to a place they are not familiar with and might have issues with the resident coyotes living there already. Whereas the cats can find homes with people anywhere.
dragonvyxn
Jul. 15th, 2008 11:14 pm (UTC)
right - put your money where your mouth is, overeager feral cat people! if you really love animals, fight for all of them, not just a few.
yesididit
Jul. 15th, 2008 09:28 pm (UTC)
i agree with you. if people want to let feral cats roam free in nature, they have to abide by natures rules. all of them.

nature doesnt make exceptions. do not pass go, do not collect $200.
urbpan
Jul. 15th, 2008 10:23 pm (UTC)
You know where I stand! (pat, pat, pat)
polyphonicvegan
Jul. 15th, 2008 10:58 pm (UTC)
ranty mcranter
The coyote "problem" in San Francisco annoys me just as much. It's not like the coyotes are frequenting downtown dining establishments (like that chap in Chicago). They're hanging out in the wilds of the city. The places were we humans should leave them the eff alone. But oh! If some human loses a dog or cat to a "vicious" coyote, we should shoot them! Never mind that we're invading what little land they have left. Same goes for the poor pups in the Marin Headlands. Humph.

I don't get the logic of those feral cat advocates, probably because there is none. So a feral cat eats a feral mouse or bird. That's fine. A coyote (AKA feral dog) eats a cat. OMG NOES! Speciesism much?
rozae
Jul. 15th, 2008 11:11 pm (UTC)
I'm a feral cat advocate. ...who thinks the Coyotes have more right to be there than the cats. I hope nothing bad happens to the Coyotes. They're just being Coyotes for goodness sake. =\
nuin
Jul. 15th, 2008 11:41 pm (UTC)
Cat lover, and coyote lover here.

Nature is red in tooth and claw. The cats are not native and destroying native wildlife (songbirds anyone?) Yet killing them outright helps nothing. Killing the coyotes helps nothing as well.

Research on Feral cats has indicated that trap/neuter/release is the best option available at this time. There is no easy answer. Killing the coyotes just opens space for other coyotes to find the kitty banquet.

There is never an easy, simple solution.
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