Monday, September 03, 2007

Australians eating cat?

I saw this article in the Straits Times today and Mezzo sent me a link to the BBC article :-

Australians cook up wild cat stew

Besides the fact, that eating cats may be unsafe for consumption, why this would be successful in reducing the population is not apparent to me - this is yet another method of trapping and killing and will not help to reduce the population, only a sustained TNRM programme would do that.

What's even scarier is that this idea was apparently dreamed up by a children's book author.



Blogger Hai~Ren said...

Given that human greed and insatiable appetites has proven all too capable of decimating entire animal species, perhaps it might be effective to a certain extent. pity the same can't be done for cane toads. =(

Still, I do wonder if better solutions could be used. Complete eradication of feral cats seems all but impossible in a land as huge as Australia, and I wonder if widespread trapping and neutering of feral cats throughout the country in conjunction with stiff penalties for cat owners who do not sterilise or who allow their unsterilised cats to wander might be more effective in the long run.

TNRM might be quite different in the Australian context, considering that the bulk of the problem comes not from strays, but from feral cats that have truly gone wild.

3/9/07 2:20 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Hai~ren you're right in that there are different situations in different countries, but the fact remains I think that if you control the population through sterilisation (whether feral or not), it will help. Eating random cats won't do anything - one cat that is killed may have already had litters of kittens which have gone on to have their litters.

In many other countries with less urban populations than ours, TNR is used for feral cats - killing a cat just removes that one cat. New ones continue to move in due to the vacuum effect. The question is how to tailor TNR to that country's special circumstances.

3/9/07 2:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can't believe of all countries, Australia would be the one to come out with such an idea!

I can't imagine anybody not getting sick at the idea of eating cats or dogs.

3/9/07 5:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nothing new. Australians are known to hate cats.

4/9/07 8:18 PM  

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