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Feral Cats

Think of it as evolution in action.

(Penguin as they'd probably eat them too.)

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even better lets put you in a sack with bricks.

Can't stand sick fucks or trolls.

Can we delete these shitty trollish sick comments please

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Re: I Hate Cats

I like animals, just not cats. They are an introduced species that is playing havoc with the small animal ecosystem. A fully fed cat will kill for pleasure, there a very few animals that will do that.

Wondering why there are so many slugs ? That's because cats are killing shrews, birds etc which are the main predators of slugs.

Time to go to hansons bricks and the sack shop so I can save our native small animals.

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"Best place for sick fucks who enjoy animal abuse is in prison."

why ? there's no animals to abuse in prison... Surely sending them to a zoo would give them far more enjoyment ?

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Just think. We could go back to the good old days when rats were held in high esteem and plague spread freely throughout the land.

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Re: I Hate Cats @AC 30 Jan 13 18:22 GMT

A fully fed human will kill for pleasure, too. So bricks and sacks for humans, too?

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"A fully fed cat will kill for pleasure, there a very few animals that will do that."

Very few animals will do that?

I think that's only because we don't keep other predators as pets (well, dogs perhaps, but you'll notice they bear very little resemblance to their wild brethren any more). It's the reason that predators in zoos go nuts - they don't have anything to kill for fun. A lion's entire raison d'etre is to kill other animals. It's like depriving a human being of a job and forcing them to live off handouts.

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It in no way helps things but sometimes the funniest response to someone like this is to pretend to want to do the same thing to their dog.

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"It in no way helps things but sometimes the funniest response to someone like this is to pretend to want to do the same thing to their dog."

It would be more justified as well.

Foxes kill for pleasure, they decimate entire hen hutches, but only eat a few.

Most dogs enjoy killing weaker animals, let fido into a field full of rabbits and see what happens.

Dogs dont really do much accept provide company, chase sheep, shit everywhere and fucking bite people.

When was the last time you heard of a domestic cat ripping a child apart or fatally attacking a stranger?, i can think of at least 5 cases of dogs doing that in the past year.

Cats actually do a lot of good, keeping rats,mice n other disease carrying, food contaminating/eating animals in check.

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and yet, in Oz tree hugging do-gooders that want to destroy domestic cats seemed very inclined to let foxes and feral dogs destroy anything that moves, including bigger species. Dont start me on how feral pigs are thriving in protected zones, aka national parks. The failure to pursue rabbits to local extinction in the two big chances we had is criminal. IMNSHO, anti-pest city/academic based lobby only want pets proclaimed as pests so they can wield power over citizens without earning it, by getting elected. Social engineers love administrative jauntas.

Finally, as IT affectionadas and cynics, do we trust algorithms run as programs without serious reality checking?

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I propose all of you leave behind your petty differences and start a campaign to exterminate crocodiles. You know, crocodiles eat people's weenies when they bath in rivers! And the other day I learned of the existence of sea crocodiles!!! What's next??? A Fucking bathtub crocodile???!!!

WE MUST ACT! NOW!

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"Foxes kill for pleasure, they decimate entire hen hutches, but only eat a few."

Actually they don't kill for pleasure, they find themselves in an artificial environment with a sudden abundance of prey and their killing instinct is triggered. In a natural environment the other chickens would flee, in the run they can't. Foxes will then take away dead chickens to stash; if the hutch remained undisturbed they would eventually remove all the dead birds, but usually that's interrupted by the owner checking it..

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We can link Dr Who to this----

"PUT IT IN THE CURRY!!!"

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Native?

I think the Romans are not entirely blameless with their love of rabbit and snail (and as for those fucking grey squirrels . .)

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Oh , gimme a break . Carnivores kill . They don't philosophize about it .

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How many creatures

do humans kill each year?

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The USDA reckon, in 2008, and for the US alone:

Cattle: 35,507,500

Pigs: 116,558,900

Chickens (total): 9,075,261,000

--- Layer hens: 69,683,000

--- Broiler chickens: 9,005,578,000

Turkeys: 271,245,000

Then there's the fishies - will no-one think of the fishies? Well, apparently the Animal Liberation Front does think of the fishies and their finest set of unbiased numbers are as follows:

Fish: 6,500,000,000

Shellfish: 64,000,000,000

Source for both sets of stats here: http://www.animalliberationfront.com/Practical/FactoryFarm/USDAnumbers.htm (I make the assumption that they quote the USDA numbers properly, as they are attempting to further their own political agenda)

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Re: How many creatures do humans kill each year to feed cats ?

Add that on top bird and mammal kills.

There are very few animals that kill for fun in this world but a cat is one of them. A fully fed cat will go out and kill a bird for the fun of it.

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>do humans kill each year?

I'd bet there will always be someone or something each one of us could actively do without, so the answer is one too few.

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...or breed.

Would, say, cows as a species have much future were humans mandated not to breed them for food anymore?

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Re: How many creatures do humans kill each year to feed cats ?

A fully fed human will also go out and kill almost anything for fun, including each other.

I am sure to get down voted for this, I don't care.

Just because humans have opposable thumbs, can reach the moon, create computers and can dominate and eradicate just about every other species on the planet (perhaps bacteria and virus are exceptions) does not mean this planet is ours to do with what we wish, we share this place with billions of other life forms. We are an arrogant bunch of fuckers who think this planet, its resources and all its life is here for just for the purpose of us alone to exploit or kill for fun.

I am not against killing animals for food nor exploiting resources for human use. I use electricity, I eat chicken, I wouldn't like to live in a cave. Humans have always exploited animals and the planet's resources to improve and advance, to be honest I can't really see another way to advance as a species. What does make me angry is that we do not do this in harmony with or respect for the biosphere with which we are intimately connected.

I have much respect for animals, they are not motivated by greed.

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Re: How many creatures do humans kill each year to feed cats ?

"I have much respect for animals, they are not motivated by greed."

Brown bears catching salmon in abundance seem to take only a bite or two out of one - then immediately catch another. Some animals deliberately foul the uneaten remains of their kill.

Many animals will gorge themselves almost senseless on a seasonal abundance - or a fresh kill. Humans did the same thing when they were hunter gatherers. Unfortunately with the modern cornucopia that survival trait leads to constant overeating - particularly of fats and sugars.

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"I have much respect for animals, they are not motivated by greed."

All animals will consume as much as they can, in the wild there are usually limiting factors outside of their control.

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"I have much respect for animals, they are not motivated by greed."

I respect animals, but I don't see that as a particularly high reason on my list for doing so. Animals *are* greedy by their very nature. They will eat until gorged and many species will grab as many mates as possible.

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Re: How many creatures

Are you telling me that that absolutely massive US beef industry that drains resources from across America and the rest of the world barely exceeds the production numbers that buffalo managed without intervention?

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Re: How many creatures do humans kill each year to feed cats ?

Goldfish will quite literally eat themselves to death. This is why you aren't supposed to overfeed the fish in your aquarium.

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Sometimes I wonder if they could cut out the middle man by just letting all of those cows graze on those fields that are now planted with corn.

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Re: How many creatures do humans kill each year to feed cats ?

"We are an arrogant bunch of fuckers who think this planet, its resources and all its life is here for just for the purpose of us alone to exploit or kill for fun"

All life is selfish and will take whatever resource is available to sustain its continued existence. Life cares about itself and its genes.

'We' are not arrogant fuckers, a large proportion are stupid fuckers. As a social species we have developed and thrived on the basis that caring about others and their genes results in overall better care for us and our genes.

The stupid fuckers are the ones that feel this care for others ought to be applied to life forms which don't and can't provide any care for us in return.

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> ... does not mean this planet is ours to do with what we wish

OK, so who does the planet belong to and where are they? Oh, that's right - no-one and nowhere to be seen.

Unless you believe in God, in which case it is ours (at least according to the Bible). and so are the animals.

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"Brown bears catching salmon in abundance seem to take only a bite or two out of one - then immediately catch another." - This is because when salmon are in abundance the bear will eat just the most nutritious parts, such as the head, and leave the rest for scavengers. This behaviour does not show "greed" as you seem to think, it is simply the most efficient strategy for the bear in times of abundance. When salmon are fewer they will eat the entire thing.

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@adnim: I have much respect for animals, they are not motivated by greed.

YA Jason Strugnell AICMFP

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'won't somebody think of the planet?'

As if something as old and twitchy as a planet has some form of awareness of these incredibly short-lived recently arrived bi-peds that live on the rather active scummy bit could care less (if indeed it could in the first place).

Mother Earth will not look after people - every time 'she' farts the self-important bi-peds come off worse.

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Re: How many creatures do humans kill each year to feed cats ?

"This is because when salmon are in abundance the bear will eat just the most nutritious parts, such as the head, and leave the rest for scavengers. This behaviour does not show "greed" as you seem to think, it is simply the most efficient strategy for the bear in times of abundance. When salmon are fewer they will eat the entire thing."

The bears don't leave the fish for the scavengers, they just leave the fish. Scavengers happen to pick them up afterwards but this is of no concern of the bears

At a fundamental level greed is energy efficiency. Grab what you can now whilst its easy and to hell with every one else.

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Purrfect

I for one welcome our new feline overlords.

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Absolutely!!!

Now let's get to work building some large pointy structures to house our newly reinstated Egyptian Gods.

(still makes more sense than Scientology)

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Just leave a box next to the pyramid. The cats will use that.

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Why do you think the pyramid were built in the sandy desert.

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Re: Purrfect

Quantum theory makes more sense than Scientology.

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"Quantum theory makes more sense than Scientology."

That's because it's provable...

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> "Quantum theory makes more sense than Scientology."

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> That's because it's provable...

True, (well I'd say verifiable or demonstrable rather than provable)

but it it still makes no sense. To parapharse Neils Bohr: anybody who

thinks quantum theory makes sense doesn't really understand it.

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Then it wouldn't be called a theory. A certain Mr. Feynman went to great lengths to edumucate us plebs about all this.

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hmmm

They based their figures on estimates from a new algorithm. ..

So nothing likely to be wrong there. .I have a new algorithm here which basing figures on estimates from that I've be able to conclude that reading El-Reg is directly responsible for several million spilt cups of coffee per year. ..

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Yes, and fouled keyboards, too, I wot.

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Split coffee vs fouled keyboards...

remember: causation != corrolation :-)

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