Moi: "Well, now you do. I am against lions killing anteloupe. And I have made numerous posts against domestic cats killing birds and small mammals.
If we really cared about animals, we'd try to save the lives of prey animals, by hunting down and killing predators such as wolves, felines, foxes, etcetera. No, we can't kill human predators. But we can set an example of living without killing animals for food clothing and shelter, and show them how much fun we are having doing that."
sevenseas, I was kidding about that.
Moi: "I think perhaps you should kill the cat, so that it cannot harm any more rabbits. This seems to me to be the best compromise in this situation, given that there is no ideal answer; no matter what you do, animals are going to suffer.
Cats are in no danger of extinction. While rabbits are not endgangered either, their numbers are reduced. Cats, on the other hand exist way in excess to the numbers that the environment would naturally support. This is because humans support and help cats, and do little to support and help rabbits. Your cat may have already killed many rabbits, many rabbits that you do not know about, and may kill many more, without your knowing about it."
I think a better solution than killing feral cats or cats that people own, would be to limit the ownership of cats, per house, and to have programs that prevent abandoment of cats and growth of feral cat colonies. I was just making a comparision. I was not saying it was [i]good[/b] to kill cats, but that perhaps it might be better than allowing them to kill rabbits. I am not FOR killing domestic cats. I am against damaging the ecology, the environment, of suburban areas by having too many domestic cats in suburban areas.
Perhaps I should rephrase that as: which is worse, killing rabbits or killing cats? Killing rabbits is worse. When wild cats kill rabbits, the situation is perhaps best left un-meddled with, but when domestic cats are killing rabbits, and feral cats are killing rabbits -- that really means PEOPLE are killing rabbits. It is the people who own the cats, or owned a cat and abandoned it, that are responsible, not the cat. Better if they didn't own cats. Or if they did, at least establish laws to limit the number per house in suburban areas. But if it came down to the situation was out of control, and rabbits were in danger of extinction, yes, killing cats may be preferable to allowing colonies of feral cats and excessive numbers of houshold cats, to drive the rabbit population into extinction. It is matter of which one people kill. You have to kill one or the other. And remember, I said "perhaps." I didn't say let's go out and start killing cats tomorrow morning. This was a rhetorical device to get people to think, not an exortation to get round up a cat vigilante squad.