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  •  The problem is, in the city, even if we were all (2+ / 0-)
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    ban nock, duckhunter

    lifesaving pacifists, the rats wouldn't cooperate.  Just because they were here first, do you propose we let them run our lives?

    They run rampant through many apartments and spread disease, and bite as well.  I have first hand and lots of second hand knowledge of this.

    I am only responding to your comment above, as it appears to me to be naive and simplistic when held up against the reality of urban living.  How do you propose we peacefully coexist with the rats in our apartments?

    (Note that I cannot fathom cruelty to animals, but I would kill a rat - as humanely as possible - if it was in my personal living space.  Same goes for roaches.)

    I agree with your overall sentiment, and your view on living things; but if there was a creeping deadly algae, let's say, or some other form of organism in your environment that threatened you, what would you do?

    Please know I am not rude. I cannot rec anything from this browser. When I rec or post diaries I am a guest at some exotic locale's computer. Ayn is the bane!

    by Floyd Blue on Fri Nov 22, 2013 at 06:56:33 AM PST

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    •  What of bedbugs? (1+ / 0-)
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      Please know I am not rude. I cannot rec anything from this browser. When I rec or post diaries I am a guest at some exotic locale's computer. Ayn is the bane!

      by Floyd Blue on Fri Nov 22, 2013 at 06:57:23 AM PST

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    •  I can certainly see your point, and I agree with (2+ / 0-)
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      43north, Thinking Fella

      you. All I'd ask in return is that you see mine.

      I've got a little 8 year old girl. Small one, probably not over 45lbs, maybe 50. When we go walking I always place her between me and my 10 year old boy just like the ranger told us to do. The cats got another kid just about her size a few years ago. It's rare but it happens. We actually have a surplus of cats here, our biologists have increase the length and added a hunting season. They also have the most relaxed rules as to sex, they don't care male of female. We have so many excess cats that they've depleted deer populations and they wander down into town following the deer who are afraid of being eaten.

      People from the city make rules about how and if we can work to reduce the population of cats. We don't want to exterminate them or even cause them to suffer. Yet no one seems to understand what it's like to have so many. They also want to bring in larger predators, which is actually fine with us, up to a point. We just ask to be able to control how many there are so they don't eat us out of house  and home or create a danger.

      “Conservation… is a positive exercise of skill and insight, not merely a negative exercise of abstinence and caution…” Aldo Leopold

      by ban nock on Fri Nov 22, 2013 at 07:08:08 AM PST

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