Posted: 11/03/2015 at 17:53
I think I shall acquire a pair of greyhounds, train them to attack cats and let them roam freely. If anyone complains, I can just quote Lunaraia at them.
Maybe an eagle owl? I'm sure those are big enough to take a cat, and they really are natural species. I suspect the cat would die rather faster than any of its victims, either way, but it's near enough the same thing, isn't it?
It's weird, isn't it, Hostafan? Dog mauls child to death, we destroy the dog. Dog mauls cat to death, we destroy the dog. Crocodile takes child, crocodile gets hunted down and killed. Crocodile takes dog, crocodile gets hunted down and killed. Shark takes child, shark gets hunted down and killed. Shark takes dog, shark gets hunted down and killed. Shark takes man, shark gets hunted down and killed. Dog kills sheep, dog gets shot. Man shoots neighbour's sheep, man goes to jail. Man kills neighbours' dogs, man goes to jail. Dog mauls guide dog, dog gets destroyed. Man kills songbird, man gets charged with a crime. Cat tortures a thousand songbirds, mice, voles, newts, shrews, frogs and so on to death ... people say that's okay. Farmer shoots dog that's attacking his sheep, that's fine. It's legal. I shoot a dog that's attacking a child in my garden, that's fine (although I'd probably have to be close enough to use the pitchfork instead). GemmaJF uses that .22 to shoot a cat that's attacking songbirds, though? That'll be a lifetime ban from owning any gun and a huge fine and six- or seven-figures damages claims, won't it?
I found a dead bluetit near my feeders a few years ago. Then I found the corpses of three baby bluetits that had starved to death. The dead parent hadn't been eaten, just killed ... for the fun of it. If I'd caught a child doing that there'd have been legal repercussions for the child's family. Catch the neighbour's cat doing that, though, and I can legally ... umm ... shout at it?
There was mention recently of a group trying to get a cat protection manifesto into the general election, signing people up to only vote for a party that promises to restrict air rifle ownership, ban the sale of anti-freeze in summer, outlaw the use of snares altogether, give cats more legal protection et cetera. Well, I promise not to shoot, snare, poison, crush, skewer, bisect, strangle or asphyxiate any cat in its owner's home. Now can they please keep the disease-riddled, sociopathic, bastard things out of my garden? At the very least, can they each reimburse me for £1,000 of bird food? I've got receipts for a lot more than that, and I didn't spend it all just to entertain some furball.