Height Of Nuttiness –
Considering Cat Hunting
By James Donahue
April 13, 2005
A proposal to legalize the killing of feral cats is not going to succeed,
Wisconsin Gov. Jim Doyle said Wednesday. "I don't think Wisconsin should become known as a state where we shoot cats."
The idea is so repulsive
to domestic cat lovers that the concept of open hunting of even the strays has made national headlines. And small wonder.
While lawmakers in that
state are considering a bill that would allow hunters, farmers and anybody with a gun to shoot “stray feral cats”
without collars as a way of controlling their numbers, cat lovers are uniting across the land to protest.
The Wisconsin Department
of Natural Resources held open hearings Tuesday throughout every county and took advisory votes . . . probably by showings
of hands . . . and received a mixed review. The unofficial count was 6,830 in favor of shooting cats, and 5,201 against.
It will be up to the
state legislators to determine if they want to take this proposed bill seriously.
If the lawmakers are
of the same ilk as the state legislators in neighboring Michigan,
they will probably be happy to turn hunters loose on stray state cats. In Michigan
last year they passed a bill opening hunting to mourning doves.
Neither cats nor mourning
doves have any food value. They can simply be targets for armed killers tramping through the state woodlands, their carcasses
left as food for insects and scavenger birds.
What we seem to have
here is a division among animal lovers and savage hunter types that have no respect for living creatures of the planet. It
is not surprising that the hunter types are outnumbering people with a love and respect for the Earth. The planet, in its
ravaged, dying state, clearly reflects human failure to nourish and protect it.
Among the arguments for
hunting cats is protecting the bird population. Indeed, the birds are dying but it is not because of the few that fall prey
to the wiles of an aggressive cat. West Nile is sweeping the nation, and the Avian Flu is
right on its heels. And other strange, yet unknown afflictions are killing our bird populations by the millions. They are
going extinct before our eyes because of human overpopulation, pollution and bad farming practices.
There is another horror
to the concept of opening free hunting to “stray feral cats” without collars that bothers this writer. As a cat
owner most of my life, I know that most domestic pet cats never wear collars, unless it is a flea collar. They are usually
free to roam the neighborhoods when given outdoor privileges.
How, then, will the shooters
be able to clearly identify a stray feral cat from somebody’s beloved pet?
It seems to me that opening
the door to shooting cats will invite a lot of unnecessary killing of pets all across the State of Wisconsin.
Also we have found, over
the years, that most “stray” cats were once domestic house cats that either got lost, or were abandoned by their
owners. They are smart enough to live successfully in the wild, in spite of their small size and vulnerability to fast moving
cars and the people who already hunt them, law or no law.
We have successfully
coaxed such creatures back into being good house cats. All it takes is patience and tender loving care. My mother cared for
numerous strays by feeding them every day at the barn on our family farm. She kept her cats alive through many a harsh Michigan winter.
Cats are a remarkable
animal. I am convinced that the survivors have minds that work as well, if not better, than most of the humans that live around
them. And there is no doubt that cats are quite psychic.
Were they not a gift
from the aliens who created us? Is this not why the masses, all possessed by angelic energies, are so anxious to kill them?
The hatrid of cats is
wrapped up in superstitions. Christians linked cats to witches back in the days when Christians burned people accused of "witchcraft"
at the stake. Remember that former Secretary of State John Ashcroft, a known fundamental Christian, made it clear
that he thought callico cats were "of the devil."
Pooh to the cat killers