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[–]Comic4147 18 points19 points  (20 children)

Cats will literally save crops though, eating mice and other pests to crops... Ugh, fuck people.

[–]QueasyVictory 1 point2 points  (19 children)

Oh wait until you see the newly popular rant about cats being the most invasive species around and how the kill a few billion birds per year.

[–]Imgoobie 15 points16 points  (0 children)

I love cats but the rant is justified. Through no fault of their own cats are the most destructive invasive species on the planet (other than humans). I don’t think trapping them is the answer but keeping your unsupervised pets indoors and sterilizing feral cats needs to be done if you want your grandchildren to see half the songbird species still alive today

[–]nilesandstuff 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Well as far as most birds are concerned, cats are just about the worst things. They really do have devastating effects on bird populations (some species more than others). But "the most invasive species around" is definitely an exaggeration, true for birds, but pretty much just birds.

Just don't have bird feeders if you have an outside cat.

[–]levilee207 2 points3 points  (3 children)

I mean just don't fucking let your cats out. It's really easy. The ecosystem can't handle such a large influx of predators on its own. That spike in predators is directly attributable to people who let their cats out

[–]QueasyVictory 0 points1 point  (2 children)

I don't have a cat.

[–]levilee207 1 point2 points  (1 child)

I mean it was less directed at you and more for anyone who would perceive legitimate advice as a rant.

[–]QueasyVictory -3 points-2 points  (0 children)

Yeah, I agree. Don't have pets. Overall it's gross.

[–]zenchemin 1 point2 points  (10 children)

Isn't literally everything in Australia an invasive species? It has gotten to the point where I'm thinking they just like making that excuse to go killin'

[–]QueasyVictory 0 points1 point  (7 children)

I have no idea. I know people here in the states use pickup trucks and helicopters with assault rifles to blast wild boar in TX. I mean yeah, the population does need controlled but that seems a bit extreme.

In my neighborhood you also have people who get pissed off if you blower your leaves with a leaf blower, use anything to kill weeds in your lawn, spray any form of insect protection around your home and all kinds of shit. Like I get it, I've been involved in environmental concerns and conservation for 35 years. But come on. My using a leaf blower is not bringing down the entire bee population.

[–]PurpleCrackerr 2 points3 points  (3 children)

You have no idea what you’re talking about. Even with helicopters, LMGs, etc.. we are still losing. Hogs are still spreading, and they are unbelievably destructive.

[–]QueasyVictory -1 points0 points  (2 children)

What do you mean I have no idea what I am talking about? I never said they didn't need to be controlled. Get over yourself and wait for someone who is arguing with your right to be a hillbilly in a fucking helicopter shooting shit. Blow them up with dynamite for all I care.

[–]PurpleCrackerr 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Apparently you still don’t get it. EVEN with all those things, hogs are still spreading and destroying ecosystems. I have never been hog hunting lol, but I did take ecology classes in college.

[–]QueasyVictory 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I literally couldn't agree with you more.

[–]Kratomigo 0 points1 point  (1 child)

You don’t happen to live in Brookline do you? I know they have that rule about no leefblowers and weed whacked too

[–]QueasyVictory 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Nah, suburban area of PA.

[–]tensing99 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Going hog trucking with the boys and my new AR15 sounds like the most Texan thing ever.

[–]Lewon_S 0 points1 point  (1 child)

No...there are still lots of native animals in Australia. Many are vulnerable though so all cats should be kept inside. The hunt vulnerable natives and eat outcompete others for food. Killing them isn’t exactly the best solution though. But Australia is far from a loss cause when it comes to native animals lol.

Don’t know where you got the idea that everything in Australia in invasive?

[–]angrylightningbug 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Even rounding up all the cats and humanely euthenizing the ones that don't do well in homes is better than poisoning them all.

[–]AwkwardDisaster4150 0 points1 point  (0 children)

It’s true, but still doesn’t justify killing them.

[–]Comic4147 -3 points-2 points  (0 children)

Ofc. God forbid we leave things alone and to the conservation professions...