University of Florida Has Been Overtaken by Feral Cats

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The University of Florida's Gainesville campus is starting to resemble the smelly apartment of an old cat lady. The school has been overtaken by more than 100 feral cats, and it's ignited a war on campus over what to do with them. While the school current's policy could lead to many of the cats being euthanized, some students and staff are hoping for a more humane approach. 

The problem hit headlines last week when the school decided to take a tougher approach to the cats, according to The Gainesville Sun. Officials discovered that some of the cats were living in a crawl space underneath the business school, so they decided to install iron gates at the entrance. Unfortunately, one cat was left inside, so UF staff member Kat Worden (an appropriate name) ran off and grabbed a crowbar to free the unintentional cat prisoner. 

"I'm not going to let an animal starve to death under the building," Worden told The Gainesville Sun.

The current UF policy mandates that all stray cats found campus be captured and transported to the local animal services shelter. Cats that go unadopted are eventually euthanized, and because most of the cats on campus are feral they have little hope of finding homes. 

Some on campus say there's a better way, including members of the vet school. Vet professor Julie Levy runs a group called Operation Catnip which captures feral cats, neuters and spays them, and then releases them. 

Levy says that such a program, mixed with other approaches, could lead to reduced cat population. A similar approach was taken at UCF, and the Orlando college reduced it similarly sized feral cat population to less than ten. 

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Powaq
Powaq

Licensing and laws do nothing to curb the problem. If cats are required to be licensed then cat-lovers just stop putting collars on their cats, as they did by me. And they won't even bother getting them micro-chipped, especially not that. They want absolutely nothing that can hold them legally responsible, liable, and accountable for the actions of their cats. We're not talking about the topmost responsible citizens of the world, you know. They don't want that responsibility of what their cat has done coming back on them. If they had even one iota of a sense of responsibility and respect for all other lives on this planet we wouldn't even be having these discussions.  

 

On the other hand, I found something that DOES work and works well. It's the ONLY thing that works. Where I live cat-lovers quickly learned that, collar or not, their cats get shot on-sight no matter what. Simple as that. 100% effective. Love 'em or lose 'em!  ("Shoot to maim" is animal cruelty, but "shoot to kill" is a perfectly legal and humane way to destroy any nuisance animal on your property; minus endangered and protected species, cats are on no such lists. The same principles that apply to all methods of humanely hunting other animals also applies to vermin cats.)

 

They either learn to stop getting more cats that die under the wheels of cars, from animal attacks, rat-poisons under people's steps, or antifreeze in a gutter or garage; OR they finally learn how to be a responsible pet owner, respectful neighbor, and learn to keep their deadly-disease spreading, native wildlife destroying, invasive species animal under confined supervision, as it should be. Win win win all around. They don't care how their cat might suffer to death if they let it roam free. A well-aimed bullet is, BY FAR, the MOST humane death that their free-roaming cat will ever hope to meet.  

 

You can't train a cat to stay home but I found that, in time, you CAN train a cat-owner into being a responsible pet-owner and a respectable human. Most of them are so phenomenally stupid, disrespectful, and criminally irresponsible though that you have to make at least 12-15 of their cats permanently disappear before they even start to figure out what they've been doing wrong all during their sorry, useless, and pathetic lives.

 

Good luck!

Powaq
Powaq

The TNR CON-GAME

 

FACT: Trap & Kill failed because cats cannot be trapped faster than they exponentially breed out of control.

 

FACT: Trap & Sterilize (TNR) is an even bigger abject failure because these man-made ecological disasters cannot be trapped faster than they exponentially breed out of control, and they also continue the cruelly annihilate all native wildlife (from the smallest of prey up to the top predators that are starved to death), and the cats continue to spread many deadly diseases that they carry today -- FOR WHICH THERE ARE NO VACCINES AGAINST THEM. Many of which are even listed as bioterrorism agents. (Such as Tularemia and The Plague -- Yes, people have already died from cat-transmitted plague in the USA. No fleas nor rats even required. The cats themselves carry and transmit the plague all on their own.)

 

FACT: THERE IS ABSOLUTELY _NOTHING_ HUMANE ABOUT TNR. Nearly every last TNR'ed cat dies an inhumane death by road-kill, from cat and animal attacks, environmental poisons, starvation, dehydration, freezing to death, infections, parasites, etc. And if very very lucky humanely shot to death or re-trapped and drowned (the two most common methods employed on all farms and ranches to protect their gestating livestock's offspring and valuable native wildlife dying from cats' Toxoplasmosis parasites). This doesn't begin to count the thousands of defenseless native animals that cats skin alive and disembowel alive for their daily and hourly play-toys. The only difference in destroying cats immediately and humanely instead of trapping, sterilizing, then releasing them to an inhumane death; is that money isn't going into an HSUS or SPCA board-member's pocket, veterinarian's pocket, cat-food company CEO's pocket, or a drug-company CEO's pocket. And that's the ONLY difference!

Powaq
Powaq

FACT: Cats are a man-made (through selective breeding) invasive species. And as such, are no less of a man-made environmental disaster than any other caused by man. Cats are even worse than an oil-spill of continent-sized proportions. They not only kill off rare and endangered marine-mammals along all coastlines from run-off carrying cats' Toxoplasma gondii parasites, they destroy the complete food-chain in every ecosystem where cats are found. From smallest of prey gutted and skinned alive for cats' tortured play-toys, up to the top predators that are starved to death from cats destroying their ONLY food sources. (Precisely what cats caused on my own land not long ago.)

 

FACT: Hunted To Extinction (or in this case, extirpation of all outdoor cats) is the ONLY method that is faster than a species like cats can exponentially out-breed and out-adapt to. Especially a man-made invasive species like these cats that can breed 2-4X's faster than any naturally occurring cat-species.

 

FACT: In _TWELVE_YEARS_ Alley Cat ALL-LIES of NYC have only reduced feral cats in their own city by 0.08% to  0.024% (as the months go on that percentage becomes more insignificant), allowing more than 99.92% to 99.976% to exponentially breed out of control. Here's how Alley-Cat-ALL-LIES' deceptive math works: If you TNR 4 cats and 3 get flattened by cars this translates to 75% fewer feral-cats everywhere. Alley Cat ALL-LIES can't even reduce cats in their own city, yet they promote it as a worldwide solution. Then even bigger fools fall for it and promote it.

Powaq
Powaq

FACT: When researching over 100 of the most "successful" TNR programs worldwide, JUST ONE trapped more than 0.4%. Oregon's 50,000 TNR'ed cats (the highest rate I found) is 4.9% of all ferals in their state. Yet, by applying population growth calculus on the unsterilized 95.1% they will have trapped only 0.35% of all cats in their state sometime this year. Less than 0.4% is a far cry from the required 80%-90% to be the least bit effective.

 

FACT: Their mythical "vacuum effect" is a 100% LIE. A study done by the Texas A&M University proved that any perceived "vacuum" is just the simple case that CATS ATTRACT CATS. Get rid of them all and there's no cats there to attract more. I proved this myself by shooting and burying hundreds of them on my own land. ZERO cats replaced them FOR OVER 2 YEARS NOW. If you want more cats, keep even one of them around, more will find you. That university study also found that sterilized cats very poorly defend any territory. Non-sterilized cats, being more aggressive, take over the sterilized cats' resources (shelter & food if any). If there is any kind of "vacuum effect" at all, it is that sterilizing cats cause non-sterilized cats to restore the reproductive void.

 

FACT: During all this investigation I have discovered something that is unfaltering without fail. Something that you can bet your very life on and win every last time. That being -- IF A TNR CAT-HOARDER IS TALKING THEN THEY ARE LYING. 100% guaranteed!

travispillow
travispillow

@craigtimes my question for @uflorida is, would you rather have a cat infestation, or an infestation of things that cats like to eat?

drakemallard
drakemallard topcommenter

 Bender burgers ?

 

No, the cat shelter’s onto me.

travispillow
travispillow

@craigtimes Starting at about :35, looks like b-roll for the first wave of Save the Kittens ads.

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