It's time my friends. Time to stop denying the obvious. Time to end the wanton slaughter and the tragic deaths. Time to end the terrible toll due to the unregulated ownership of...
An economist in New Zealand named Gareth Morgan has made the logical and quite correct case that his island nation should eliminate its cats in order to protect its endangered birds. He means “elimination” in the most humane way possible: Existing pets should be spayed and neutered and allowed to live out their lives, but no new cats should be allowed to be born or imported.
But, but, but, that couldn't be true, could it?
“If we extrapolate the results of this study across the country and include feral cats, we find that cats are likely killing more than 4 billion animals per year, including at least 500 million birds. Cat predation is one of the reasons why one in three American bird species are in decline,” said Dr. George Fenwick, President of American Bird Conservancy, the only organization exclusively conserving birds throughout the Americas.
I know this will be painful and distressing for many of you, but it is time for some real cat control in this country. Therefore, today I call for a ban on the sale and breeding of domestic cats. If it saves just one bird it will be worth it.
I don't want to take your existing cat, let me be clear about that. Existing cats will be grandfathered in. However, under my proposal within one year you will have to undergo a background check to prove you are fit to own a cat, be certified that you are properly trained in cat safety, and confirm that your cat is spayed or neutered and registered in the National Cat Registry. You may sell or transfer your cat, but only after a background check is performed at a federally licensed pet store. The goal here is to dry up the supply of these cats over time.
I know, I know, many of you will protest that you are responsible cat owners and no bird has ever been harmed by any cat that you owned, but there are simply too many irresponsible cat owners out there and the carnage in our yards and parks has simply got to stop.
I know many of you feel strongly about the right to own a cat, but we cannot mistake absolutism for principle. I also know this will be difficult. There will be pundits and politicians and cat food lobbyists publicly warning of a tyrannical, all-out assault on liberty -- not because that’s true, but because they want to gin up fear or higher ratings or revenue for themselves. Filthy profit. And behind the scenes, they’ll do everything they can to block any common-sense reform and make sure that half a billion birds are senselessly murdered each year in America(the moral degenerates).
The only way we will be able to change is if their audience, their constituents, their membership says this time must be different -- that this time, we must do something to protect our communities and our birds.
This message has been sponsored in part by the Modest Proposal Society of America.