I just spotted a sickening picture on Facebook. I thought I’d write a post around it. Maybe it’s a boring subject. For me it is a subject that is at the core of the reason why, in the short or long term, all the wild cats are in jeopardy of becoming extinct in the wild or totally. That is not an exaggeration.
In this post I am not writing about business destroying wild cat habitat which prevents wild cats living. I am writing about the wanton killing of wild animals which upsets me deeply. For this reason I am compelled to write about it and to try and understand it. This is a very difficult subject and I respect other people’s ideas, cultures and opinions. As I hate the killing of wild cats for fun (sport) or because they clash with people’s lifestyle, I have to ask the question, “Why do people kill wild cats?”.
As a Northern European, if I was living in central America, I would love to see bobcats in the area. If one came into my yard I’d photograph it. I would like to become acquainted with the cat. I would try and befriend the cat although I would respect his or her wildness. I know many Americans think the same way. I have read comments where Americans have demonstrated their delight at seeing a bobcat or a cougar.
If I was a farmer or small holder in America and a bobcat killed some livestock I’d ask myself, “what did I do wrong and could I protect my livestock better?”. I wouldn’t think of ways to kill the bobcat. Obviously, I am miles apart culturally from some people in some parts of America, including the woman in the picture who I have mocked with my caption. For me she deserves it. Although she may feel she had a good reason to kill the cat. I can’t think of any good reasons, sorry.
She lives in central America, Council Grove, Kansas. Is this a cultural thing in Kansas? Do people in California think the same way as people in Kansas? I sense that California is closer to Europe than the other 49 states of the United States because there are eight cities in California that have banned the declawing of cats. In all of the UK declawing is banned. Also the puma is fully protected in California. That is not the case in other states. I am told that California is not typical of the US. Am I right?
What is the Mentality Behind Killing Wild Cats?
It has to start with a lack of respect for animals. It just has to. If a person respects other animals you can’t kill them for a careless reason.
The keeping of wild cats for pleasure or commerce is a gradually dying concept. The law in the USA is putting a squeeze on people who like to keep wild cats in cages (private zoos) or as pets. This signals a change in culture, at last, to a more respectful relationship with the wild cats. There is a gradual change in favour of the wild animal.
I have to conclude that people who kill wild cats for the wrong reasons are less well developed intellectually and culturally than people who dislike it. It is about developing a culture and an intellect that informs people that the better course is to find ways to live in harmony and in balance with all life on the planet. It is in our power to achieve it. Unfortunately, the people who are empowered to effect this can’t work out how to do it or don’t care.