The cat haters should shut up. They love to bleat on about killer domestic cats. How they kill billions of birds, blah blah blah, yaddah….and how they poison people with diseases…boring. Woody shut up now. As we on PoC have always said, with great common sense, the human is one of the planet’s top killers. “It” (the human) is only second to the mosquito as a world killer of people. I am a bit surprised that sad human has been beaten into second place. I had never thought of the mosquito as the world’s greatest serial killer but now I do think about it, it makes sense.
So, so what are we to make of this list? It is rather predictable, to be honest. Except, perhaps, for the mosquito leading the list. Humans being in second place as the world’s most deadly killer is predictable. An interesting statistic is the high placement of the domestic dog. The dog is 25 times more lethal to people than the crocodile. As stated the domestic cat is not on the list at all and yet there appears to be more cat haters then there are dog haters. It is a peculiar world.
Beware the freshwater snail! It kills 10,000 people annually. I presume the snail is not goring people to death in a bloody attack but that people are eating snails that poison them.
What is not on this list is the mountain lion. As I recall, the mountain lion has killed about 18 people in 100 years in America. Clearly this translates to 0 people being killed on an annual basis in recent times. I hope Americans get the message that it is entirely possible to live peaceably with the mountain lion in America and that there is no need to hunt it with dogs and shoot it out of trees for the pleasure of it!
As for the endless scares about domestic cats spreading toxoplasmosis, poisoning people and sending them into madness, those scares were madness in themselves. The domestic cat is frightened of people and runs away from people whereas the domestic dog not uncommonly attacks people, particularly children. This is the fault of people: let’s remind ourselves of that because when a domestic dog kills a child in a home it is because an adult person has bought a large, possibly dangerous dog and placed that dog in the same immediate vicinity as a child, which is a highly irresponsible act.
Human irresponsibility in respect of the domestic cat results in the cat being hurt and not the person.