I think we often take for granted the power we have, not just as cats, dogs, pigs, donkeys, and birds, but as bloggers and as a powerful blogging community. While there are many things we do well, one of the things we excel at it identifying a wrong and going after it head first. We’ve tackled many challenges over the years, some with success, and some with little to show for it. But that does not stop us from trying.
The matter at paw I am addressing is the recent attack on cats. Several of those attacks have come from unsuspecting places and from those we might have considered as allies. The most recent attack comes in the form of funded research which has drawn the conclusion that us cats are decimating the bird population. I am sure you have seen it, at least I know lots of you have, because I have seen your writings in response to this attack.
My friend June, from Alley Cat Allies summed it up nicely in a newletter I received, so I shall just quote it…
“Articles scapegoating cats have been all over the news this week, from The New York Times to USA Today.
These stories are based on biased research that could lead to more outdoor cats being rounded up and killed. It’s absolutely horrifying.
The media are relying on a so-called “study” funded by the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Division of Migratory Birds that recklessly perpetuates a bogus debate. It’s propaganda, and Alley Cat Allies is demanding that the Smithsonian denounce it.
This “study” is a direct attack on our progress with Trap-Neuter-Return. In communities across the country, TNR stabilizes and reduces the population of feral cats and saves millions of cats from being killed in shelters. This Smithsonian report is a desperate attempt to set back that progress.
Please, don’t let that happen. We need you to stand with us right away. We have to stop this junk science advocating for the mass killing of cats and immediately combat the lies.
Speak out and stand with us. Tell the Smithsonian: Stop spreading junk science that will kill cats.
This “study” was authored by researchers with an anti-cat track record. It appeared in the online journal Nature Communications.
The authors arrived at their chosen conclusion by cherry-picking data in the most egregious fashion. Worse still, they cite a discredited researcher, a colleague who was convicted and then fired for trying to poison cats.
Let’s be clear: the real threats to birds and other wildlife populations—deforestation, climate change, and habitat destruction—are being ignored.
We cannot stand for cats to be scapegoats.
More killing should never be the answer. We’ve got to come together and speak out now to save cats’ lives—they’re counting on us.
Click here to tell the Smithsonian to stop spreading false information that puts cats at risk.”
If you have not done so already, please go sign the petition. Then write about it and help call attention to this wrong.
Then there is another story that caught my attention in The New Zealand Herald. If you have not seen it, here is the leading paragraph…
“Top New Zealand economist Gareth Morgan is launching a campaign to eradicate domestic cats.”
If you care to read the story, you can find it HERE.
Both stories are harmful to us cats and, as June pointed out above, can lead to more homeless and helpless cats.
So, let’s do what we do best, write, write, write and make sure you make your feelings known. Writing about wrongs is something we should never be afraid to tackle so we can right these wrongs. And no matter what this humans say, I say adopt cats, we deserve it!!!!! More Forever Homes More Often! Purrrrr! Zip! Later!
My human signed the Alley Cat Allies form yesterday – I am glad to see there is a growing backlash to this awful smear campaign! We must keep it up!
I could not have said it better. Hope you don’t mind, I linked directly to your blog.
Thanks for the information.
I sure did sign the petition. That just makes me sick. The TNR program is helping so many cats and also people don’t realize that someone is usually feeding these cats that are trapped, neutered and returned. And if the cats are getting food they are not going to catch birds as much as they would if they were starved.
We sure will write about this.
I hope they will stop this useless junk science. During the years we had to bear a lot of trash what they were selling to us as “scientific facts”. I will sign the form too and I hope it works…
glad I was able to get enough internet here to sign the petition…. thanks for sharing…. Horrible
Mum went straight to the petition and signed it – what bigoted people – they are the ones that need to be starved and used in experiments.
Luv Hannah and Lucy xx xx
The cat read about this the other day but pffted it off as some nut. Never knew it had spread so far. I guess a rant is now due at my bar. All studies are a bunch of biased crap, trying to blame something else and blind people to the real issues.
Just ranted a ton and tomorrow it will run!
I hope it helps .. I signed it.
I’ll sign the petition. Have you seen the site https://www.voxfelina.com/ ? The site is dedicated to analysis of these claims against feral cats. My video was a satire on the study about how cats are killers. Climate change and harmful chemicals are the real killers. Feral cats have always existed so why the big fuss now.
Pellie said she is going to sign the petition as soon as I leave my comment.
Isn’t it amazing how overwhelmingly crazy humans can be???
This makes Mommy very angry. She can’t believe how ignorant some people are. Mommy will be signing the petition on our behalf.
Poor kitties…I can’t understand why anyone would want to hurt or get rid of them 🙁
we signed the petition and we couldn’t agree more. we need to speak up and let people know that the “science” is wrong…..
Thanks for sharing!
I’ve signed the petition. This is so upsetting!
Oh my dear Brian,
WELL SAID!!!!!!!! and Thank you!
Why do the innocent always get the blame?
My mommy & daddy don’t let either us ever outside to do anything.. We are indoor kitteh cats. Sure we look at the birds and squirrels but we don’t do any animal or human any harm..We are loved and cared for and never left outside to fend for ourselves, my Mommy and Daddy were upsett by the article in the news papers and radio and tv..We don’t live in a world of outdoorness and to tell the truth shelters here will not let any kittehs be adopted if they cannot be inside kitteh cats..Have a wonderful day Brian and your… Read more »
Don’t they know that the drastic reduction in the population of cats in 13th and 14th century Europe was responsible for the drastic increase in rodents that led to the Black Plague?? Sheesh. Ignoramuses.
We did not know anything about this until yesterday. We will get busy.
Have a great day.
Hugs, Max, Bugsy and Knuckles
We’ve been on since since the Gareth Morgan story broke. Cat lovers and bloggers know how to lobby and rally the troops. We will triumph.
We got our mom to sign the petition. We will get our uncle to sign it tonight!
grate post dood N signin de petition taked like 20 seconds N this time we due noe R math !!
Thank you for this very thoughtful and well-written post. We had planned to mention the plight of our beloved kitties in a blog tomorrow. We will do that but also link to your site as we don’t think we could state the situation better than you have. Purrs and hugs from the kitties at http://www.thecatonmyhead.com, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Lisbeth, Astrid and Calista Josette
Typical, pick and chose the stuff that makes your point. Ignore the rest.
Brian you are so very correct. Well sad buddy
we’ll have the human sign the petition.
we do not know why there always seems to be a rush to blame something that is not causing a problem, but in our society there seems to be on so many levels.
We are ashamed at how ppl blame innocent cats.
I had already signed. Thanks for sharing!
There was an item on a chat programme in the UK today about this!! They had a cat “hater” and cat “lover” going head to head. The thing that was pointed out was that the study was spurious because no one, but no one, knows exactly what percentage of the total bird and small rodent population have been killed by cats! It could be (and probably is) exceedingly small. Much more damage is done to wildlife by humans!
Shame on the Smtihsonian for lending the power of their name to this…Sahme on them Morgan is a loon and hopefully folks will realize that and treat his insanity as the joke that it is…around the world we are trying to save animals from extinction caused by man…and this fool wants to eliminate an entire beloved species…aaargh!
I signed and am spreading and passing along the link!
We just went and signed the petition.
It’s all so confusing and sad. 🙁
Great post, Brian. We must stop the spread of unsubstantiated information like this.
Gosh, this is terrible! Statistics can be so easily manipulated. 🙁 On my way to sign…
Thank you for sharing Brain,
you always have very unique opinion.
We signed! Honestly, of all the environmental things to worry about….glad we’ve solved that whole global warming/fossil fuels thing.
Thank you so much Brian for sharing the link to “sign” the petition. Consider it done.
We’ve been just so shocked at the crazy momentum this ridiculous story has gotten. The Smithsonian should be ashamed. The ramifications of their actions and words could be devastating.
Easy summed it up well….junk science. What a lot of rubbish. We will go and sign. Have a fabulous Friday.
Best wishes Molly
We’ve seen the news and wonder why so many are looking under rocks for excuses to kill cats. Thanks for writing about it.
Thank you Brian. I was horrified at these attacks on cats and that so-called decent types of media propelled it forward and even called cats murderers. COME ON! Murderers??? Aside from everything else it was and is a horrific attack on a species and I am afraid of the consequences.
I shared it on FB.
We agree completely – and we signed the petition. We just *hate* the shoddy journalism behind this…!!
The petition is signed. Thank you!
Well said 🙂