Australian Vet Says Keep Cats In
This is an American feral cat rescued as a kitten and tamed to become a nice domestic companion cat. Her name is Ruby. Photo by Feral Indeed!
An Australian vet, Max Fargher, who was the only vet who agreed to operate on a cat (Possum - who survived) that had been shot by an airgun 27 times has said that cats should be kept in (see The Worst Cat Cruelty story). This Australian vet says keep cats in because there have been other cases of people shooting cats in Cairns, Australia.
This vet, who works at the Greencross Veterinarians, (great praise must go to him by the way) had to operate on a female feral cat that came in for desexing and he discovered a bullet in the cat's leg. Apparently, this is the third shooting of a cat, in a week, in the district.
I believe this cruelty is, in part, the responsibility of the government for promoting the shooting of feral cats on the pretext that they are a hideous pest killing native Australian wildlife. The people of Australia believe this yet there is no hard evidence that this is the case and in any event the people of Australia created the feral cat problem so they should carry the burden of clearing it up. It is both cruel and ineffective to shoot what were quite possibly once domestic companion cats. (see Feral Cat Vacuum Effect)
The government lay down strict rules for the ground shooting of cats but who the hell adheres to them and who cares and who checks? See Ground Shooting of Feral Cats.
Photo: published under creative commons license - photo by Feral Indeed!