Droughts caused by global warming have caused diseased rodents to invade urban areas in search of water, and liberal bureaucrats searching for an “environmentally friendly” way to get rid of them have caused an environmental catastrophe instead.
Here in Sacramento County, officials launched the “barn cats program” as a “safe way” to take care of the vermin population. Officials in Lancaster County, South Carolina, took a different approach and imported 500 feral cats from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
With feral cats on the prowl, officials said, pests like rats and mice could be eliminated without poison or traps that can harm children or other animals.
But Peter Marra, head of the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center, says 63 species extinctions around the world are now linked to people who love cats more than their human neighbors. And other scientists say cats are among the 100 worst non-native invasive species in the world.
There’s no doubt that cats are “just cute,” Marra said, but cat-lovers need to embrace a “different mind-set” toward the animals. “It sounds extreme, but the situation has got out of control.”
One village in New Zealand may ban cats and 70 other non-native predators, prompting some citizens to accuse local officials of creating a “police state.”
“You’re just told one day that your cats, your treasured little possessions … either they get trapped in the traps, or those that survive can’t be replaced,” one resident said.
The U.S.-based Best Friends Animal Society, which “operates the nation’s largest sanctuary for homeless animals,” says “every animal is an individual and deserves to be treated as such.”
Others, like New Zealand’s Omaui Landcare Charitable Trust, say the cat-loving community is responsible for the deaths of billions of birds and mammals each year.
Back here in Sacramento, the cat population is “out of control.”
“We literally are at capacity. We have no open kennels,” said Janna Haynes, spokeswoman for the county’s Bradshaw Shelter. And Front Street Shelter manager Gina Knepp said, “The cat population is a bit out of control right now.”
Other county officials would only speak on condition of anonymity.
“We didn’t predict that feral cats would exterminate 63 entire species,” said one liberal bureaucrat. “In hindsight, it was terrible public policy, but I still believe that a police state might be the only way to save humanity from global warming and our own poor choices.”