But in the interests of straightforward candour, it does interest me how ‘we’ differentiate between what is considered ‘food’, ‘pet’, and ‘pest’ and society reacts accordingly.
@Power13 - I’m not taking issue with anything, I merely get bemused with the societal reaction to a single dead cat when tonnes of animals are not only killed, but killed and then thrown away on a daily basis…
This may not be a popular view, but the part of suburban US where I live it seems okay to let your cats run loose to do whatever cat things they’d like once they’re out of your sight and away from home. I don’t really care what your cat does at your house, but if I wanted a cat hanging out at my house or in my yard, I’d have a cat. It’s a cruel world out there. One thing I’m pretty sure about is that if you keep your cats at home, they’ll be a lot less likely to come to harm from environmental factors like cars, coyotes, or professional cyclists.
He is a professional cyclist. The people picking the riders are not the people designing kits or choosing sponsors. They are the people looking at the numbers. Some teams do personality tests at training camps or for riders. Trek are definitely not one of those teams.
Taken from this rider’s profile on the Trek-Segafredo webpage : “I would go to the wilderness in America because I really love nature and would love to visit America.” (in answer to the question : " If you could visit anywhere in the world you’ve never been, where would you go, and why?")
His love for nature clearly doesn’t include cats.
As for myself : I’m the proud owner of two cats (or more accurately : they own me). Their territory is restriced to my garden, so no innocent birds or mamals fall victim to them. I love them to bits.
If I were his teammate, I would find it very hard to sit next to him during breakfast, notwithstanding the fact that I would enjoy some nice crispy bacon with my eggs. Yes, I’m that kind of hypocrite
Goes to show that idiots can be found in all walks of life. No matter what he’ll accomplish in the world of cycling, I’ll never root for this guy. Also because when I watch cycling on TV, my two cats are always purring on my lap.
I understand your reasoning but was if it was someone’s pet, it’s usually more of a bond than used for food. I’ve hunted and there’s not much of a bond when killing a deer used for food.
Now if you have animals/ pets whatever you want to call it
you’re saying it’s okay for someone too shoot them?
Well, this went impressively far afield! But shooting a cat is a pretty easy one ethically.
That cat was someone’s pet and family member (a local government official, in fact) so they’re probably going to have to explain to their child why Fluffy isn’t coming home again. This is clearly NOT the norm in the area where Tiberi lives because he was, in fact, brought into court and fined, likely with more personal consequences to follow. How do we arbitrarily distinguish pets from wild animals? They’re loved, they’re taken care of, and they’re family members.
But if an outdoor cat gets eaten by a coyote or other predator? That’s nature. I live in a very rural area where we are quite aware of the local coyotes (howling and occasional pets eaten) and bears (mess-making compost and garbage raiders, occasional poachers of chickens and goats). If you let your animal out at night in the woods, all bets are off. We have a ~110 lb dog that regularly chases off bears, but we keep him very close at night because of the coyotes, just in case.