Saving 120 million birds and animals with one stone

BBC: Cat allergies 'could be blocked'
Scientists say they have developed a technique which could prevent allergies caused by cats.

Wouldn't it be far easier—and more environmentally friendly—simply to prevent cats?

New Scientist (28-Apr-2001): Every year in Britain, pet cats kill about 120 million birds and mammals—and about 6 million reptiles and amphibians. Thanks to feeding by humans, this predator has achieved densities that no natural ecosystem could support, to the detriment of wildlife.

Aren't cats one form of bio-terrorism we can actually do something about? Put a solution to the real cat problem in your manifesto, Messrs. Blair, Kennedy or (no, really) Howard, and you'll get my vote.

Go on, you cowards. I dare you!

See also: A Modest Proposal

Filed under: Nonsense

Richard Carter

A fat, bearded chap with a Charles Darwin fixation.


  1. Right on, Brother. I am going to go out and immediately not buy a cat. If you have any suggestions on other Direction Action we could take, let me know. I'm in all the way.

  2. But the last time someone decided to get rid of all the cats, wasn't the end result an unchecked rat population and ultimately the Black Death?

  3. I have no idea what you're talking about, but the answer is probably yes.

    To clarify, my cat-phobia is of the 'hatred' variety, not the 'fear' variety. And it only refers to so-called 'domestic' cats.

  4. I frequently have no idea what I'm talking about either, not that it usually stops me...

    At the risk of incurring further displeasure I should acknowledge that a cat lives with me. At the rear of our house is a tank reservoir behind which lives a family of urban foxes. In between the two a wild rabbit has now set up home with apparently no fear of either predator. I think it may be the hardest rabbit in the world - or a relative of the killer rabbit from Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Either way, it has my respect.

  5. It's actually a place where they keep tanks. Lots of tanks. In fact - warning: Spike Milligan joke ahead - tanks a million.

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