Taste Better blogged about the fact that China has begun killing stray cats in preparation for the Olympics. Take a look at this horrifying article about Beijing's cat death camps.
The Chinese government's plan to deal with their feral cat problem is disgusting. They should be ashamed of themselves.
Deb at Invisible Voices posted about this article on CNN.
The article is appropriately titled, "Town puts price on cats' heads." The town of Randolph, Iowa is offering $5 for each feral cat brought in. The cats will be kept at a veterinarian clinic for an unspecified amount of time. If a cat's "owner" does not claim the cat, s/he will be euthanized. Wonderful.
And, to make matters worse, John Snyder, Vice President of Companion Animals at the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), supports the killing of strays! The CNN article states "he doesn't have a problem with humanely killing a stray cat."
John: Rounding up stray cats and killing them is never humane!
Is HSUS actually in agreement with PETA on euthanization? Is that their solution to the pet overpopulation? I hope not. I hope the comment made reflects Snyder's own opinion, and not that of the organization at large.
I am pro-pet. I love my dog and cats, and believe companion animals enrich our lives in more ways then we know. That said, we do need to control the overpopulation problem. It's terrible that millions of animals are dying in our shelters each year. HSUS estimates the number of shelter euthanizations to be between three and four million.
I have a better solution to our pet overpopulation, involving a four-pronged approach:
- Put a ban on breeding
- I say this risking an assault by defensive breeders again (see comments from my previous post)
- Cats wreak havoc on the ecosystem, as they are unnatural predators introduced by us
Does anyone else have any ideas? Please feel free to share.