Abc, Being Alone, and America: . Outdoor cats face danger
from cars, disease, predators
and cruel humans
Domestic cats DO NOT
belong outdoors as they're
not a natural part of our
ecosystem. They're a
genetically modified species
& a non-native, invasive
Cats kill up to 3.7 billion birds
20.7 billion mammals,
800 million lizards and 300
million frogs every year.
. Domestic pets like dogs
& ferrets & even exotic pets
like snakes & lizards do not
roam free & hunt outside.
Why should cats?
A 2011 study indicates
that cats have caused the
extinction of 33 species of
birds, mammals and reptiles
Some of you may have seen my reply to a post and the ask I received about outdoor cats, so here is a little infographic about outdoor cats.
Don’t let your cats outside.Don’t let your cats outside.Don’t let your cast outside.
No exceptions. Nope, I don’t care if Muffles is super-special and adventurous. Nope, still don’t care that it’s different where you live. Please refer to the original bullet points.
(*gets ready to hit ‘Block’ on a thousand angry cat owners*)
this is a mess
have you gobshites genuinely never fucking heard of farm cats jesus wept, if i never see another fucking townie animal rights activist it’ll be too fucking soon.
the current political system we live under doesn’t give a fuck about nature. wildlife charities have had a huge downward swoop in donations due to the recession caused by the powers that be, fracking is being done on national parks and nature reserves, roads are hastily built through wildlife rich areas and adequate warning signage is not provided…
but no, it’s us ordinary people and our pesky outdoor cats that are the cause of…extinct….species…? really? is this the hill u want to die on OP??? get back 2 me
I’m not refuting that humans kill far more animals than cats do, but over a billion animals are killed annually in the US by outdoor cats. That’s also a huge problem. I’m also aware that wildlife rescue organizations are losing donations - I’m the vice president and co-founder of a 501©(3) non-profit organization and not only do we scrape by on small donations while dozens of animals come in a month, many of which are injured by cats. We just had to euthanize a yearling squirrel because it was mauled by a cat and had full hind-end paralysis from the attack. Believe me, I understand.
“An estimated 60 to 88 million cats are owned in the US and an estimated 60 million more are feral… While loss of habitat is the primary cause of extinction, cats are responsible for the extinction of 33 species of birds worldwide. Cats kill an estimated 480 million birds per year (assuming eight birds killed per feral cat per year.)” That is a grossly conservative number, and only accounts for feral cats, not outdoor pets. And that’s just birds. Plus the other wildlife that are killed by cats annually.
Here’s another resource, a smaller scale research program called Kitty Cams: “Hunting cats captured an average of 2 items during seven days of roaming. Carolina anoles (small lizards) were the most common prey species followed by Woodland Voles (small mammals). Only one of the vertebrates captured was a non-native species (a House Mouse).” From the same group: “44% of cats were
witnessed stalking or
chasing prey; 30% captured
An article from Mental Floss, sources listed at the bottom of the article:
“84 million House cats in the United States
4 to 18 Birds killed by a typical house cat every year
8 to 21 Small mammals killed by a typical house cat every year
30 million to 80 million Free-roaming, feral cats estimated to be living in the United States. They either survive alone or live in colonies. In Washington, D.C., for example, there are estimated to be some 300 outdoor cat colonies.
23 to 46 Birds killed by each feral cat every year
129 to 338 Small mammals killed by each feral cat every year
1.4 billion to 3.7 billion Total birds killed by America’s cats every year
15 Percentage of all bird deaths estimated to come at the hands — er, paws — of cats
6.9 billion to 20.7 billion Total small mammals killed by cats every year”
From a report on ABC News: “Cats are responsible for the deaths of 1.4 to 3.7 billion birds and 6.9 to 20.7 billion mammals every year, according to research conducted by the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.”
From the American Bird Conservancy: “If we extrapolate the results of this study across the country and include feral cats, we find that cats are likely killing more than 4 billion animals per year, including at least 500 million birds.”
(Also you’re putting your cat in unnecessary danger from tons of different threats by letting them outside unsupervised. So even if you don’t wanna give a shit about wildlife, maybe try giving a shit about your cat’s health life.)
(Also farm cats are often not treated well, not provided with proper veterinary care, and there are other options for rodent control that doesn’t put other wildlife in as much danger)
also consider: this is 100% something that you, as an individual, can do to mitigate some of the natural disaster that is the anthropocene. We’re on track to lose something like 80% of global biodiversity by the end of the century, and there’s almost nothing that your average citizen can do about it. But keeping your cats inside to help preserve local biodiversity and mitigating the damage that ferals do is actually something that you can do.
Candy, Charlie, and Dad: karik
should've won Wonka's
Have I watched the movie in the last decade
or more? No.
Do I have iron clad evidence to support my
1. She's the most knowledgeable about candy
She's committed to it, and knows her stuff. When
Wonka holds up a little yellow piece across the
room, she recognizes it immediately. She was
able to switch to candy bars for the sake of the
contest, so we know she has personal discipline
and is goal oriented. Also, two major projects
play directly into her strong suits: the 3-course-
meal gum that Wonka failed to make safe (gum)
and the neverending gobstopper (longevity)
2. She's the most fit to run a business. Violet
is competitive, determined, hard working, and
willing to take risks. Her father is a small town
car salesman and politician, so she could easily
pick up knowledge and support from him.
(Veruca's dad is also a business man, and in
a compatible market (nuts), but it's made very
clear that Veruca has no respect or knowledge of
business practices or hard work.)
3. Shes the most sympathetic to the Oompa
Loompas. She critiques Veruca when Veruca
demands to buy one. More importantly, Wonka
has been testing the 3-course-meal gum that
always goes wrong' on Oompa Loompas while
he presumably just watches. Violet is ready to
put herself on the front line, instead of treating
the Oompa Loompas as disposable, and would
therefore be a better boss.
4. Her personality flaw' is the most fitting for
the company. In the moralizing Oompa Loompa
song, they just say gum is pretty cool, but it's
not socially acceptable to chew it all day. The
thing is, we already know that she can stop if
she wants, because she already did that to win
the golden ticket. And yeah, she is defensive
about the perceived impoliteness of her hobby
(like when her mother tries to shame her about
her habit during a televised interview) but the
obsession with candy and neglect of social
norms is EXACTLY what Wonka is all about
This is on brand.
5. Her misstep in the factory is reasonable.
Wonka shows everyone a candy he's very proud
of. Violet is like "oh sick, that's gum, my special
interest." Wonka is then pulls a "WRONG! It's
amazing guml So in the very moments before
she takes the gum Wonka has mislead her just
to belittle her. So when he's like I wouldn't do
that" why should she give a shit what he has to
say? She's not like Charlie over here who's al
Sure Gramps, let's stay behind while the tour
leaves and secretly drink this thing that has been
explicitly stated to fill you with gas and is too
powerful for safe consumption, oh and also I
just saw what happened to Violet so I actually
KNOW what this stuff can be capable of" Also,
Violet is not selfish about her experience, she
tells everyone what she's tasting and feeling, and
everyone is eager to hear it. Taking a personal
risk to share knowledge with everyone. Violet
is Prometheus: fact.
So Augustus contaminates the chocolate
river. Charlie sneaks around and contaminates
the vent walls. Veruca destroys and disrupts
the workspace. Mike knows exactly what will
happen to him and transports/shrinks himself
deliberately. Violet had no idea what the gum
could potentially do to her, and caused no harm
to anyone or anything but herself
Lastly: Can you imagine Charlie filling Wonka's
shoes? That passive, naive boy? Violet is
already basically Wonka. She's passionate
sarcastic, candy-obsessed, free thinking, and a
total firecracker. She's even better than Wonka,
because she doesn't endanger others.
Violet should've been picked to inherit the
#charlie and the chocolate factory