Monday, January 28, 2013

Of Cats and Kakapos

Confession: I love cats. They're cuddly and cool, and I enjoy their company. At the same time, I wish they had never been domesticated. The pet cat craze, which began in, oh, ancient Egypt, has resulted in ages of pain and suffering for both cats (the bazillion feral cats clinging to miserable lives in dumpsters, for instance) and the native wildlife they are instinctively drawn to hunt.

Undaunted hunters? Photo by Fowler&fowler / Wikimedia

Frankly, I don't see a good solution to the feral cat issue - one that will end happily for everyone concerned. But, there's a man in New Zealand who thinks he has the answer to his country's endangered species crisis (think kiwis and kakapos). 

His proposal is neither fluffy nor fun, but if you'd like to read more about it, here's the place to do it:

Cat Controversy in New Zealand 

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