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(9News (Australia))   Australia being Australia, where everything can kill you, is now fitting native bilbies with poisonous implants to combat feral cats   (9news.com.au) divider line
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2021-12-01 1:08:12 PM  
I thought that said "native bibles" and I wondered what kind of bibles the Aboriginals have that they could be affixed with poisonous devices and more importantly why feral cats are drawn to the deities and dogma of them. This all happened in the 8 or so seconds it took me to realize it said "bilbies".
 
2021-12-01 1:08:54 PM  
I'm no huge cat fan, but poison seems like a shiatty way to go.

I'm guessing it ain't too pleasant for the billabong, either. Or whatever the fark they are.
 
2021-12-01 1:09:26 PM  
Don't like that "solution"...how about tuna flavored birth control pills. Idk...not poison tho.
 
2021-12-01 1:10:18 PM  

WhatsSoGodDamnPunny: I thought that said "native bibles" and I wondered what kind of bibles the Aboriginals have that they could be affixed with poisonous devices and more importantly why feral cats are drawn to the deities and dogma of them. This all happened in the 8 or so seconds it took me to realize it said "bilbies".


Same
 
2021-12-01 1:12:34 PM  
Feral dogs in Australia can carry long barrel guns without a permit.
 
2021-12-01 1:15:34 PM  

WhatsSoGodDamnPunny: I thought that said "native bibles"


Speaking of that, over the weekend I was out of town and found what could be a valuable collectors item, a Bible autographed by Jesus Christ.
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2021-12-01 1:17:28 PM  
Why not a poison that sterilizes the cat? Sure, it will take longer this way but it seems a bit more humane.
 
2021-12-01 1:17:53 PM  
Cats can be very destructive when introduced to places where they are not native.  A well known case is a little New Zealand bird that was supposedly driven to extinction by a single cat (not quite true), but there are a lot of species that they have wiped off the map.

" Feral cats on islands are responsible for at least 14% global bird, mammal, and reptile extinctions and are the principal threat to almost 8% of critically endangered birds, mammals, and reptiles. "
 
2021-12-01 1:20:29 PM  

Cheron: Feral dogs in Australia can carry long barrel guns without a permit.


Not to mention the farking Dingos.  Armored up vs. small arms fire, and if you're really unlucky they've replaced the mounted machine gun with an auto grenade launcher

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2021-12-01 1:20:45 PM  
Here is a bilby

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2021-12-01 1:21:23 PM  

JustHereForThePics: I'm no huge cat fan, but poison seems like a shiatty way to go.

I'm guessing it ain't too pleasant for the billabong, either. Or whatever the fark they are.


I agree 100%.
 
2021-12-01 1:21:32 PM  

Mock26: Why not a poison that sterilizes the cat? Sure, it will take longer this way but it seems a bit more humane.


Because it would be much more difficult and expensive and time consuming and certainly less effective to come up with a poison that sterilizes a cat without killing it, probably.  The cats themselves are a problem.  They DO want to actually kill them.  Yes poison seems cruel, but cats are very destructive.


JustHereForThePics: I'm no huge cat fan, but poison seems like a shiatty way to go.

I'm guessing it ain't too pleasant for the billabong, either. Or whatever the fark they are.


TFA: " They are lethal to feral cats but not to bilbies due to a specialised coating, and the marsupials' natural resistance to the toxin. "
 
2021-12-01 1:21:50 PM  

WhatsSoGodDamnPunny: I thought that said "native bibles" and I wondered what kind of bibles the Aboriginals have that they could be affixed with poisonous devices and more importantly why feral cats are drawn to the deities and dogma of them. This all happened in the 8 or so seconds it took me to realize it said "bilbies".


Put poison in your bibles to eradicate feral catechisms.
 
2021-12-01 1:23:40 PM  

Mock26: Why not a poison that sterilizes the cat? Sure, it will take longer this way but it seems a bit more humane.


Why not just sterilize the invasive cane toads instead of killing them?
 
2021-12-01 1:23:41 PM  
Where these donated by the Gideons?
 
2021-12-01 1:26:55 PM  

disaster bastard: Here is a bilby

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Looks absolutely delicious
 
2021-12-01 1:27:09 PM  

disaster bastard: Here is a bilby

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Thats adorable! But probably deadly because Australia.
 
2021-12-01 1:27:11 PM  
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2021-12-01 1:31:21 PM  
Just be thankful they don't have poisonous cats.
 
2021-12-01 1:33:06 PM  
Whatever wildlife that might feed on a dead cat will also be poisoned.
 
2021-12-01 1:36:20 PM  

MillionDollarMo: Just be thankful they don't have poisonous cats.


Yet.
 
2021-12-01 1:37:15 PM  
You'd think with their array of spells a bilby wouldn't need such add-ons.
 
2021-12-01 1:43:41 PM  

Gawdzila: Mock26: Why not a poison that sterilizes the cat? Sure, it will take longer this way but it seems a bit more humane.

Because it would be much more difficult and expensive and time consuming and certainly less effective to come up with a poison that sterilizes a cat without killing it, probably.  The cats themselves are a problem.  They DO want to actually kill them.  Yes poison seems cruel, but cats are very destructive.


JustHereForThePics: I'm no huge cat fan, but poison seems like a shiatty way to go.

I'm guessing it ain't too pleasant for the billabong, either. Or whatever the fark they are.

TFA: " They are lethal to feral cats but not to bilbies due to a specialised coating, and the marsupials' natural resistance to the toxin. "


The toxin doesn't kill them, but the cat eating them sure as hell does.
 
2021-12-01 1:45:59 PM  

Gawdzila: Mock26: Why not a poison that sterilizes the cat? Sure, it will take longer this way but it seems a bit more humane.

Because it would be much more difficult and expensive and time consuming and certainly less effective to come up with a poison that sterilizes a cat without killing it, probably.  The cats themselves are a problem.  They DO want to actually kill them.  Yes poison seems cruel, but cats are very destructive.


JustHereForThePics: I'm no huge cat fan, but poison seems like a shiatty way to go.

I'm guessing it ain't too pleasant for the billabong, either. Or whatever the fark they are.

TFA: " They are lethal to feral cats but not to bilbies due to a specialised coating, and the marsupials' natural resistance to the toxin. "


Sterilizing them has the same effect as killing them. It just takes a bit longer for the death sentence to take effect.
 
2021-12-01 1:47:52 PM  
Mock26:

Sterilizing them has the same effect as killing them. It just takes a bit longer for the death sentence to take effect.

But that gives them time to plot their revenge.
 
2021-12-01 1:49:55 PM  

wademh: [images.fineartamerica.com image 850x567]


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2021-12-01 1:54:09 PM  
I hate it when the wild pokemon have "poison point ".
 
2021-12-01 1:55:50 PM  
Cats murder nature
 
2021-12-01 1:56:46 PM  

Mock26: Gawdzila: Mock26: Why not a poison that sterilizes the cat? Sure, it will take longer this way but it seems a bit more humane.

Because it would be much more difficult and expensive and time consuming and certainly less effective to come up with a poison that sterilizes a cat without killing it, probably.  The cats themselves are a problem.  They DO want to actually kill them.  Yes poison seems cruel, but cats are very destructive.


JustHereForThePics: I'm no huge cat fan, but poison seems like a shiatty way to go.

I'm guessing it ain't too pleasant for the billabong, either. Or whatever the fark they are.

TFA: " They are lethal to feral cats but not to bilbies due to a specialised coating, and the marsupials' natural resistance to the toxin. "

Sterilizing them has the same effect as killing them. It just takes a bit longer for the death sentence to take effect.


They never kill native life again after being sterilized? That doesn't sound right.
 
2021-12-01 2:02:18 PM  

Mock26: Gawdzila: Mock26: Why not a poison that sterilizes the cat? Sure, it will take longer this way but it seems a bit more humane.

Because it would be much more difficult and expensive and time consuming and certainly less effective to come up with a poison that sterilizes a cat without killing it, probably.  The cats themselves are a problem.  They DO want to actually kill them.  Yes poison seems cruel, but cats are very destructive.


JustHereForThePics: I'm no huge cat fan, but poison seems like a shiatty way to go.

I'm guessing it ain't too pleasant for the billabong, either. Or whatever the fark they are.

TFA: " They are lethal to feral cats but not to bilbies due to a specialised coating, and the marsupials' natural resistance to the toxin. "

Sterilizing them has the same effect as killing them. It just takes a bit longer for the death sentence to take effect.


No it doesn't, because the time it takes is an important factor.  The numerous cats that are alive now will live for years and will be hunting and killing the native species that whole time.  Decreasing their numbers as quickly as possible is one of the goals.

Besides, who knows how long it would take to develop an oral toxin that is sufficiently effective in sterilizing cats without harming them (and that would have no effect on the animal in which they implant it), or if it is even possible?  If that were easy to do, you would already be able get neutering pills for your pets instead of having to take them to the vet for surgery.

There are animals in places where they aren't doing any harm that are being euthanized every day because there aren't enough people to take care of them.  I dunno why people are getting all bent out of shape over euthanizing them in places where they are feral invasive predators that ARE doing immense harm to the local ecosystems.  It'd be great if we could wave a wand and make them disappear without having to resort to things like poison, but barring some kind of magical pied piper we are left to solutions like this.
 
2021-12-01 2:06:14 PM  

HailRobonia: Mock26: Why not a poison that sterilizes the cat? Sure, it will take longer this way but it seems a bit more humane.

Why not just sterilize the invasive cane toads instead of killing them?


https://www.animalwised.com/what-are-hermaphrodite-animals-definition-and-full-list-3639.html

life, um... finds a way :)
 
2021-12-01 2:07:18 PM  

Patmaniac: Whatever wildlife that might feed on a dead cat will also be poisoned.


Part of the reason feral cats are such a huge issue in Australia is that along with them being a non-native species there are few apex predators in Australia for them to compete with. In fact aside from the Dingo, there aren't any others. The only other apex predator-the Thylacine aka Tasmanian Tiger-went extinct in 1936. There's literally nothing aside from native wild dogs that range in a limited area that would eat them. Meanwhile, the continent is dealing with a massive mouse infestation which is providing the feral cat population with even more food.

It's pretty bad when they're putting poison in a threatened species but that's how bad the cat problem is over there. Trust me-it's better to eradicate them however they can than have even more of them overrun the country. They're wiping out a great deal of Australia's wildlife.
 
2021-12-01 2:39:42 PM  

dothemath: WhatsSoGodDamnPunny: I thought that said "native bibles"

Speaking of that, over the weekend I was out of town and found what could be a valuable collectors item, a Bible autographed by Jesus Christ.
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Quick! Turn it into a physical version of NFTs! "Well you can't make physical versions of NFTs sir!" You might say.
But with Jesus, anything is possible!
 
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2021-12-01 2:49:04 PM  
If you think this is inhumane to the feral cats, you should see what they do to the giant poisonous frogs
 
2021-12-01 3:32:27 PM  

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2021-12-01 7:05:03 PM  
Pet and feral cats together are killing over two billion reptiles, birds and mammals per year in Australia, and most of these animals are natives, according to a new book written by three of Australia's leading environmental scientists.
The book, Cats in Australia: Companion and killer, compiles key findings from hundreds of studies and management experience about cats across Australia. It describes the origins, spread and ecology of cats; the impacts of feral and pet cats on Australian wildlife; the impacts of cats on human health and livestock productivity; the legal and moral context for their management; and options for managing feral and pet cats to reduce the toll they take on our biodiversity.
The authors, Professor Sarah Legge from The Australian National University (ANU), Professor John Woinarski from Charles Darwin University, and Professor Chris Dickman from The University of Sydney, are also leaders of a major research program investigating the impacts of feral cats on Australian wildlife through the Threatened Species Recovery Hub of the Australian Government's National Environmental Science Program.
Professor Sarah Legge said people have very deep and conflicting opinions about cats, but there is no denying they are a catastrophic problem for Australian wildlife, which evolved without cats.
"Australia's mammal extinction rate is by far the highest in the world and cats have been a leading cause of at least 20, or two-thirds, of our mammal extinctions over the last 200 years," said Professor Legge.

More here if interested: https://www.anu.edu.au/news/all-news/cats-kill-more-than-15-billion-native-animals-per-year
 
2021-12-01 10:08:11 PM  

Malenfant: Mock26: Gawdzila: Mock26: Why not a poison that sterilizes the cat? Sure, it will take longer this way but it seems a bit more humane.

Because it would be much more difficult and expensive and time consuming and certainly less effective to come up with a poison that sterilizes a cat without killing it, probably.  The cats themselves are a problem.  They DO want to actually kill them.  Yes poison seems cruel, but cats are very destructive.


JustHereForThePics: I'm no huge cat fan, but poison seems like a shiatty way to go.

I'm guessing it ain't too pleasant for the billabong, either. Or whatever the fark they are.

TFA: " They are lethal to feral cats but not to bilbies due to a specialised coating, and the marsupials' natural resistance to the toxin. "

Sterilizing them has the same effect as killing them. It just takes a bit longer for the death sentence to take effect.

They never kill native life again after being sterilized? That doesn't sound right.


I never said that, now did I? In fact, I even said in my Weeners, "Sure, it will take longer this way."
 
2021-12-01 11:21:13 PM  

Mock26: Malenfant: Mock26: Gawdzila: Mock26: Why not a poison that sterilizes the cat? Sure, it will take longer this way but it seems a bit more humane.

Because it would be much more difficult and expensive and time consuming and certainly less effective to come up with a poison that sterilizes a cat without killing it, probably.  The cats themselves are a problem.  They DO want to actually kill them.  Yes poison seems cruel, but cats are very destructive.


JustHereForThePics: I'm no huge cat fan, but poison seems like a shiatty way to go.

I'm guessing it ain't too pleasant for the billabong, either. Or whatever the fark they are.

TFA: " They are lethal to feral cats but not to bilbies due to a specialised coating, and the marsupials' natural resistance to the toxin. "

Sterilizing them has the same effect as killing them. It just takes a bit longer for the death sentence to take effect.

They never kill native life again after being sterilized? That doesn't sound right.

I never said that, now did I? In fact, I even said in my Weeners, "Sure, it will take longer this way."


Well sure, with the weeners it's always harder to keep it up long enough
 
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