Cats in cages
Here are some of the cats when the door is opened. We were trying to see if there was some way to help in the interim because the man says he is jobless and is living out of a car, which is parked next to the van.
Knowing he is homeless, of course the situation would be more difficult. If this was a situation where he is in a bad financial situation, but needs some help of course we would see if we could help in some way.
The cats did look pretty well fed and some of them are allowed out, but the rest are fighting and territorial - he says they fight over his attention, though Rebecca and I were trying to tell him that they were probably fighting because they were unsterilised.
He also says he wants to take all the cats and travel the world with them. He is going to move them to an unspecified country (top secret because the ISD would love to know according to him) where it will be nice and rural and they will be allowed to roam to their hearts' content. There they will be allowed to breed, because sterilising is unnatural.
He said it was not ethical to sterilise a cat because it is natural to breed. We pointed out there are many things we do to children as well - like vaccinations - that aren't natural and done without their consent but for their welfare. He said that was different, his cats do get vaccinated but that it was for health reasons. We pointed out that sterilisation does make them healthier and they live longer but he wasn't convinced.
I told him that it would be very difficult to drive out of the country with a whole bunch of cats. There are all manner of export permits to get - and it doesn't mean that other countries will be any more tolerant of the cats.
Rebecca and I had a little breather to look around the area and to regroup. As Rebecca pointed out that this isn't the first person who says that they are planning to move away with their cats.
Rebecca and I pointed out that the poor sterilised female is getting mounted several times - that this wasn't fair to her, nor was it very ethical to allow that to continue happening when she clearly wasn't happy. He admitted the cats were bothering her but said that it was 'natural'.
Also he plans to breed them when he has moved away to continue to line, but once they get too inbred, he will let them go, and because they will be feral and hence able to fend for themselves in the wild, they will be fine.