Give thanks for all the wonderful things in your life. Give thanks for the life lost so that you eat today, no matter what form that life comes in; and don’t let anyone make you feel bad about what you put on your plate. If you’re a vegetarian/vegan, hold your tofurky (or replacement meal of your choice) high and proud. If you’re an omnivore don’t let someone bully you out of what you want to eat. Be happy and spend today with people and animals you care about.
"Although ferals are fearful of humans, they are still members of a domesticated species, and they are ill-equipped to survive on their own. Feral cats do not die of “old age.” Many are poisoned, shot, tortured by cruel people, attacked by other animals, or hit by cars. Others die of exposure, starvation, or highly contagious fatal diseases, such as rabies, feline AIDS, feline leukemia, and feline infectious peritonitis." -PETA
PETA once again spreads false rumors about animals, which is ironic, being as they’re the self-proclaimed experts on what’s good and bad for animals. They encourage people to trap feral cats and take them in for euthanasia; and I have a few things to say on this:
- Cats are one of the only species to domesticate themselves. What we call the common house-cat actually chose to stay by humans to make use of the food and shelter. In fact, anyone with a cat will tell you that that cat does what it wants, when it wants. My own will disappear for days if he’s not happy with me (usually when I get back from a trip).
- Cats have been living feral in human communities for 10,000 years; they are quite capable of taking care of themselves given the opportunity. They are successful hunters and survivors, which is why we allow our cats to roam free while dogs are typicaly confined to a space (house, yard, etc). Do they still get hit by cars? Yes, but so do many non-domesticated animals in human communities. PETA will tell you otherwise.
"Although ferals are fearful of humans, they are still members of a domesticated species, and they are ill-equipped to survive on their own."
- Cat trapping is very dangerous to cat owners. I remember a few years back where I came across a case of a man setting cat traps in the alley behind his house, then taking in the animals he caught to the local pound. Many of these animals were put down for being feral.
Meanwhile home owners within a 3 block radius started complaining that their cats were missing. Turns out the cat traps weren’t just catching feral cats, but pets too. Many owners don’t collar their cats (and many who try quickly find out that cat’s who don’t want to be collared wont stay collared), and there was no way for the local shelters to know who many of those cats belonged to.
The stereotypes PETA perpetuates are based off of the view of feral cats as a nuisance, and the fact that they aren’t as plump and their coats as shiny as your typical house cat. Animals are not a nuisance within human society, they have as much of a right to it as we do. When overpopulation becomes a problem spaying and neutering is an acceptable option, but please don’t trap cats to turn in for euthanasia.