This is a picture of an Australian man, with a cheesy smile, holding up, by its skin, a very large, dead, black feral cat from the area called Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory, Australia (see map). He probably killed it.
He believes that the feral cat is becoming very large in Australia because of an evolutionary process and that it is killing a wide range of native wildlife species. He also believes that it has to be exterminated at every opportunity and the chosen method is the gun. Basically they just like shooting cats.
The photograph is from the Warddeken ranger group. I am sure it is protected by copyright but as the Australian newspaper, the Sydney Herald, has stolen photographs protected by copyright from PoC, in the past, and failed to respond to my requests to remove them, I feel free to publish the photo here.
In this photograph, which creature do you think looks the most dangerous and which one kills the most wildlife?
The answer is the human. He is responsible for far more wildlife destruction than the feral cat. That is a fact. However, they don’t see it.
The chairman of the ranger group, Dean Yirbarbuk says:
“We hope this project will help us to try and find a way to get rid of the cats.”
I have always said the Aussies have a thing about their feral cats. In general, they hate them but they fail to accept the fact that they introduced them to Australia and failed to act as responsible cat owners or managers. Now they want to slaughter them en masse. An example of typically blind, hypocritical humankind.
There is a parallel between the American and Australian “feral cat problem”. A significant percentage of the people of both countries like to kill feral cats.
There are more civilised ways to do things and the first step is to do a bit of introspective thinking. Humans are the root of the problem and of native wildlife damage. Only arrogance prevents an acceptance of that simple fact.
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