Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Bird Advocates Who Oppose TNR

Recently, I blogged about the Fairfax County Animal Shelter embracing TNR, now I want to share one individual’s response to the county shelter’s positive actions. According to the FairfaxTimes.com, Linda Cherkassy of Voorhes, NJ says, “a ‘trap-neuter-return’ program is a misguided, ineffective and controversial method of management for feral cats.” She goes on to support the American Veterinary Medical Association’s claim “that any reduction through such programs is insignificant.” She continues to also agree with bird advocates saying “cat predation may supersede habitat loss as a primary threat to birds' survival.” Really? She thinks cat predation is more of a threat to birds than habitat loss? But that is exactly how most “conservationists” think, and therefore, they advocate for the “removal” and out-right killing of feral cats and oppose TNR programs.

I Googled Linda Cherkassy to see if she is associated with any organizations and I came across the Cat Defender’s blog. The writer mentions her and several others who side with bird and wildlife proponents saying, “For her part, Cherkassky is far more honest, albeit murderous, when she argues that all feral cats should be killed outright. As far as this monster is concerned, cats are merely vermin and do not have any rights. Furthermore, she and Donato would even like to see the feeding of feral cats, but not birds of course, criminalized.”

The writer goes on to dispute comments from Cherkassky and other bird advocates that say “since cats are not native to North America they have forfeited their right to exist on these shores.” The blogger points out that “If that is to be the standard by which all species are to be judged, then neither the USFWS, the ABC, Cherkassky, nor Donato have any right to be here because they, too, constitute an invasive species. The same rationale would equally apply to America's more than one-hundred-thirty-seven species of non-native birds.”

Then, the writer reminds us that “Felis domesticus were…forcibly shipped to America and elsewhere against their will…the first cat is believed to have been brought to Peru in 1535 by the Spanish conquistadors in order to combat the rampant spread of rats that they and other imperialists (Vikings, e.g.) had introduced to the Americas.” The blogger says that “Considering their history as victims of imperialism, the invaluable contributions that they have made in protecting grain stores and checking the spread of diseases carried by rats, as well as their inalienable right to both life and liberty, cats have without question earned the right to live wherever they please or circumstances dictate and that includes outdoors.”

To read the entire blog post, please click here.

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