Letters

Don’t Blame Cats

Nov 13, 2019

To the Editor:

There are many reasons for a decrease in the bird population, but it is not homeless cats. Fertilizers, weed killers and other environmental poisons, such as Round Up and other toxins, contribute to this loss. However, Ms. Cherkassky would rather blame the unlucky homeless cats (“Cats Kill Millions,” 10/30).

Additionally, she dissed her neighbor for feeding homeless cats. Apparently, she does not respect nature and does not think that cats have a right to life.

I commend members of the Friends of Southern Ocean County Animal Shelter, who trap the cats and have them spayed/neutered and return them to where they were found. The volunteers continue to provide shelter and food all year long, which keeps the population down while still respecting life.

Margaret Rapp

Barnegat Light

Comments (4)
Posted by: Nancy Keating | Nov 15, 2019 10:08

Thank you. Happy to know that FSOC Animal Shelter follows TNR techniques, proven to reduce populations of 'community 'cats.

Nancy Keating

Oceanside, CA



Posted by: Linda Cherkassky | Nov 20, 2019 01:42

Ms. Rapp, there are indeed many reasons for a decline in the number of birds, but simply declaring that unowned cats are not one of them not only disregards what has been substantiated through numerous peer-reviewed research papers, but also demonstrates an inability or unwillingness to separate emotion from logic.  This is not about what I ‘would rather blame’ and your attempt to make this personal exposes your bias regarding this issue.  Whether or not you accept that domestic cats are the leading direct anthropogenic cause of wild bird mortality does not change this reality.

 

You may not be aware that domestic cats are not native to any habitat anywhere in North America.  A single cat can extirpate native fauna from a given site.  Perhaps you should explain how sustaining and subsidizing artificially high densities of a non-native invasive predator respects nature.

 

Finally, you should exercise prudence and common sense when writing, and avoid making accusatory statements about what I have or have not done in my neighborhood.  This is not Kindergarten.  Potentially libelous remarks will not be tolerated.



Posted by: Linda Cherkassky | Nov 21, 2019 01:08

Ms. Rapp, there are indeed many reasons for a decline in the number of birds, but simply declaring that unowned cats are not one of them not only disregards what has been substantiated through numerous peer-reviewed research papers, but also demonstrates an inability or unwillingness to separate emotion from logic.  This is not about what I ‘would rather blame’ and your attempt to make this personal exposes your bias regarding this issue.  Whether or not you accept that domestic cats are the leading direct anthropogenic cause of wild bird mortality does not change this reality.

 

You may not be aware that domestic cats are not native to any habitat anywhere in North America.  A single cat can extirpate native fauna from a given site.  Perhaps you should explain how sustaining and subsidizing artificially high densities of a non-native invasive predator respects nature.

 

Finally, you should exercise prudence and common sense when writing, and avoid making accusatory statements about what I have or have not done in my neighborhood.  This is not Kindergarten.  Potentially libelous remarks will not be tolerated.

 



Posted by: Anthony E Galligani | Dec 07, 2019 11:13

Blame cats? I don't blame cats. They do what they do. They are hunters. It's the people who released them who are to blame. But cats certainly kill numerous wild birds. And I understand and appreciate your love for our feline friends. I love cats too. I have one. But the wild populations should be removed. As a resident of Barnegat Light I'm sure you know that the piping plovers nesting there are a threatened species. All it takes is one hungry cat to kill a nesting pair. Anyone who respects nature and understands the tragedy of extinction. A feral cat lives for maybe ten years. The extermination of an entire species is eternal. Humans have a responsibility. Sometimes cleaning up after themselves or fellow humans is an unfortunate byproduct of that responsibility. Those who release domestic animals because they haven't thought things through place a burden on the environment, on humane minded individuals and on the animals themselves who live a dangerous and uncomfortable lives without the love and security they deserve. You should direct your ire towards those people versus Ms. Cherkassky.



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