by John Donnelly…….
Recent cries by some to expedite the killing of cats, illustrates a callousness and depravity not often found in a civilized society. The justification proffered for slaughtering these sentimental creatures is riddled with flaws and inaccuracies. These animals are not responsible for any of the complications attributed to their species. They are not, nor have they ever been ‘the problem’.
Citizens abandoning and discarding their pets as garbage into the wild are the problem. Rather than emphasizing an ‘accelerated killing program’ for these innocent animals, perhaps a determined and collaborative mode of policing can be enforced, which would apprehend and punish the guilty parties who’ve taken it upon themselves to abandon and cast away their cats in our extended communities. Senselessly killing a beautiful creation because of its owner’s negligence, is cruel and barbaric.
We’re in agreement, cats are best cared for and the environment better served, when they’re living indoors or under the supervision of their owners. However, what shall be done with the felines released into the outdoors, or those that have been beaten to near death and thrown into a dumpster; after they’ve been taken into a cat colony and are now living a healthy and fruitful life under the supervision of a loving and dedicated caretaker?
Shall these innocent creatures be rounded up and killed, because of the sins and malfeasance of their previous owners; after they’ve been adopted and shown kindness by their present caregivers over an extended period of time (In one case, a 17 year relationship with the oldest cat)? Shall the supervisors of the colonies providing this service, at no cost to the taxpayer, be arrested and prosecuted? Shall they be imprisoned?
Individuals are entitled to set forth their opinions, no matter how groundless and inaccurate they may be. However when their beliefs and toxic biases are proffered as facts, death and destruction frequently follows. Solutions are never arrived at, as distortions exacerbate the argument. Unable to accurately diagnose the problem, said dilemma continues to pit one group against another, while the deteriorating rhetoric increases hostilities.
Ignoring the science behind many thousands of successful Trap-Neuter-Release programs, while continuing to latch onto myths and old wives’ tales to justify and substantiate one’s personal preference, is a recipe for division and disaster.
It appears that some have developed a taste for killing. I hope I’m wrong. I enjoin those promoting the extermination of our county’s felines, to shift direction and cooperatively work with me in advancing a viable and robust ‘cat adoption program’. Branching out and networking in a humane and life sustaining venture will be a positive and exciting experience. It will provide insight and an education for us all.
Scientific evidence indicates that outdoor cats can live a happy, contented and disease free existence. They do not pose a health risk to other cats or human beings. According to the ‘Journal of Feline Medicine & Surgery’: “Feral cats live full healthy lives outdoors–there is no reason for them to be killed in shelters.” Research in this renowned journal further reveals: “That of 103,643 stray and feral cats examined in spay/neuter clinics in six states from 1993 to 2004, less than 1% of those cats needed to be euthanized due to debilitating conditions, trauma or infectious diseases”.
Studies conducted by Dr. Julie Levy at the University of Florida, which followed long-term Trap-Neuter-Release programs, found that the population of felines living within a supervised cat colony declined by 66% over 10 years. After living a full and complete life, these animals were allowed to die of natural causes, under the care of individuals that loved them. Dr. Levy has provided us with ‘solutions based data’; the science that is being adhered to by our caregivers.
Trap-Neuter-Release programs have nationally been instituted and accepted as a widespread life-saving practice; supported by the ASPCA and over 250 nonprofit organizations dedicated to abandoned cats.
Renowned scientists of every stripe have attributed the world’s geo-political landscape; with its mass killings, the murdering of children and innocent civilians; along with the emergence of wanton aggression and violence as an acceptable means of political exchange, as a resultant manifestation of the deep seated cruelty, anger and hatred residing within the hearts and minds of those inhabiting the earth. Unfortunate as it may be, one cannot fool Mother Nature.
Researchers, as well as the FBI and other law enforcement agencies nationwide, have linked animal cruelty to domestic violence, child abuse, serial killings, and to the recent rash of killings by school-age children, according to Dr. Randall Lockwood, vice president of Training Initiatives for The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS).
District Attorney of Clatsop County, Oregon, and Animal Legal Defense Fund Board Member Josh Marquis provides an insightful look at the link between cruelty to animals and violence toward humans in his article, “Animal Abuse and Its Connection to Serial Killers, Kids who Kill Kids and Other Violent Criminals.”
A mirrored image of oneself often reflects the harsh reality behind one’s troubles, problems and discontent. Horrified by said view, the angst, anger and frustration with what we’ve become and who we are must be remedied by whatever means possible. Under the guise of righteous indignation, it requires no effort to defuse our suffering via blaming and lashing out at innocent and defenseless creatures, and sometimes nations, rather than accepting responsibility for the blight and discomfort we’ve created in our world and lives. Discarding antiquated ideas and habits of thinking, while moving forward in a positive and productive manner is not for the faint of heart, as it requires sustained effort.
Perhaps, the ideological conditioning brokered by the material world will give way to a new and enriched perspective. Born from the pain and emptiness of a meaningless existence, the Self-Actualized and Self-Realized principles we’ve abandoned may grasp and build upon the pleas of a desperate people, who’ve become as open minded as the dying.
Unnecessarily abusing and butchering sentient creatures, while rehearsing warped and twisted rationalizations justifying the bloodshed, are the marks of a diseased and toxic society.