> > We, the kitties of Fresno, Texas, arranged to hold the First Annual
> > Mousie Hunt because of the over-abundance of mice, rats, rabbits, > > snakes, etc, in the fields next to our house. At the time, we had > > just had several of our chickens killed by rats. The chickens were > > TORN APART, not eaten, just a vicious attack and disregard for life > > by the rats.
> When I saw the post from the Fresno kitties, they made their statement
> sound as though this was just for fun, and if there were no rats or > mice in the fields, they would have just as quickly arranged for a Pet > Rodent Hunt. As a pet gerbil, I felt discriminated against, as though > we aren't as important as cats because we're smaller than them. I felt > like they were being size-ist and species-ist. Perhaps they weren't, > but the way they phrased it bothered me and led me to believe that > they had no respect for us smaller animals. ESPECIALLY when I read > that they were going to actually_kill_ the mousies and _eat_ them!
Not having seen the original invitation to The Mousie Hunt, I cannot be
absolutely certain on this point, but what I believe we have here is a
typical case of Interspecies Miscommunication. Given that the
invitation appears to have been initially extended as a result of the
*** of a number of defenceless chickens by rats, perhaps the use of
imprecise language might be overlooked. This is covered by the
Righteous Indignation Claws. More of these unfortunate
misunderstandings might be avoided if more animals of whatever species
learned SSSpurrsqueakpeepanto. It is my judgement that a clear
disclaimer should be appended to notifications of any future hunts.
The following might make a good starting point for said disclaimer:
> > We realize that ALL mice, rats, etc. are not the types that we
> > encounter in the area we live in. We are willing to have these other > > small animals come to the Mousie Hunts in the future, and assist any > > of the mice, rats, and small animals who may be escaped pets. We > > will watch for these assistants, and not hinder their efforts.
> > Also, our friends, the horses who live in the pasture, have had many > > problems with the rats, mice, etc. eating thier food, defecating in > > the food, and otherwise making nuisences of themselves. We decided > > to have the hunt in order to bring the population of these animals > > under control, not to decimate them.
The wild rodents are obviously guilty of Endangerment Of Livelihood,
i.e., they were threatening the food supply of the horses. This is a
most serious crime. If several warnings to the miscreants have been
issued and ignored by said party, then the Death Penalty may be
appropriate, especially if the crime has taken place in Texas. <Guffaw>
(Addendum: Sorry! Just a little legal levity.)
> The Fresno kitties say they told us that it was to help keep them > undercontrol. No where in the preliminary message was this indicated. > Besides, Mother Nature knows what she's doing, and she does not need > any help from hoomins, cats, or any other animals. Everyone (at least > in the US) knows about the hoomin controversy over whether some of the > wolves should be killed in order to increase caribou populations. But, > the wolves were put on Earth for a reason. That reason is to keep the > population of caribou under control. If even half of the wolves were > killed, the caribou population would increase so much that there would > be too many. As it is, wolves eat just enough caribou to keep the food > chain in synch.
I think that the above argument rather makes the case for the cats.
After all, are they not part of Mother Nature? If you *** them, do
they not bleed? Mayhap, had there been more cats, snakes (Hi, Maxine!),
owls, and birds of prey, all exercising their Predatory Rights, the
situation would not have reached crisis proportions.
> Hoomins are risking throwing off the ways of nature, and that could > have horrible effects.
This is a statement that I believe all sides can agree with.
So to sum it all up, I propose that the next invitation to any kind of
hunt, other than the Cadbury Hunt, since there has been no
representation made from a Cadbury, carry a clear disclaimer that other,
smaller animals who maybe pets, are not to be hunted. This disclaimer
would apply to *only* those that enjoy pet status and would not
neccessarily extend to the wild members of the species. As
indemnification for any mental anguish caused by the original post, I
would suggest that Milky Way and the others be allowed to have their
Kitty Hunt using the ground rules suggested.
Cat Attorney-at-Law and Judge