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UK: Why are so many cats being poisoned? — 5 Comments

  1. Animal cruelty has never been prioritised by the police, so the budget cuts excuse is B.S.

    Cruelty investigations are primarily conducted by the RSPCA and privately prosecuted by them in the U.K. The police provide the legal authority (which the RSPCA lacks)to assist with arrests and seizures of animals.

    I’m well aware that the RSPCA isn’t perfect, but without them I dread to think how few cruelty cases would ever come to court. It’s a sad state of affairs when we have laws in place to protect animals and yet we still rely so heavily on a charitable organisation to seek justice for animals.

  2. The Guardian’s comment “the fatalities have been nationwide, from South Shields to Southport.” is rather misleading since those two towns are only 163 miles apart in an east/west direction in the North of England. Hardly nationwide.

    Whenever there is news of multiple cats being poisoned in the U.K., it always seems to occur in one or two towns and cities. This suggests to me that these poisonings are the deliberate act of one or more persons, rather than a downturn in the public’s attitude towards cats.

    The comments on the Guardian news story were better than the article itself. It was reassuring to read that even those who are unhappy at the presence/activities of cats in their garden, wouldn’t resort to cruelty. I’m not surprised at the humble water pistol being the most popular deterrent. It’s very effective at discouraging unwanted feline visitors.

    This was my favourite comment on that article;

    “Cats do not shit ‘all over’ your garden. I’m sorry, but it simply isn’t true. Cats are very shy and careful about where they defecate.

    Look, your garden is an outside space. You can’t keep it free of nature. Birds shit in it. Rodents shit in it. Things die and decompose in it. It’s the outside world. A little hidden cat shit isn’t doing anyone any harm.”

  3. I agree with Serbella and Dee. My cat will be protected as long as I’m alive. She goes out with halter and leash. Mostly, she and I just sit next to each other, after she’s eaten some grass, and sniffed enough to satisfy. Sometimes I let go of her leash, but I’m never far behind.

    She recently got spooked by a dog barking, and ran away from me, and was out of sight. But as I came back to our sitting spot, she was there waiting for me. Ahh, relief!

  4. Just another perk for having inside only cats. We, here, can trust no one. That docile looking old man next door is lacing cat food with rat poison. The U.K. is moving more and more in our direction. The safety of our cats is upmost.

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