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Using stray cats for rat control sparks debate (China)
People's Daily ^ | 08/26/2013 | Gao Yinan

Posted on 08/28/2013 6:54:18 PM PDT by TexGrill

Pest control in Xinjiang seems to work, but many fear felines will freeze

Hundreds of stray cats have been released in northwestern China's prairies to control the region's rat rampage, but the effort has sparkled online debate and concern.

In early August, eight stray cats were released in rat-plagued grassland in Bole, the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region. They are among a group of around 100 cats that have been introduced this year to control the prairie's rat population.

The city's prairie workstation started introducing urban strays for rat control as early as 2011. So far, more than 600 stray cats have been released into some 5,300 hectares of rat-infested grasslands around the city.

"There are a large number of stray cats in our city. We think using them to eradicate the rodent population on the prairie can be a win-win solution," said Guan Tingxian, head of the city's prairie workstation.

Prairie rats eat grass roots and burrow into the grassland, which can increase desertification.

As in many places in China, local residents in Bole typically use traps or poison for rat control.

However, these methods have been less than effective, especially poison, which not only causes pollution but also harms livestock and predators such as foxes and eagles.

Over the past three years, the use of strays to control prairie rats has appeared to be effective, as cats are often seen hunting and catching the rats.

(Excerpt) Read more at english.peopledaily.com.cn ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Gardening; Pets/Animals; Society
KEYWORDS: chinaeconomy
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1 posted on 08/28/2013 6:54:18 PM PDT by TexGrill
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To: TexGrill

What’s so controversial about using cats to get rid of rats?


2 posted on 08/28/2013 6:59:17 PM PDT by gunsequalfreedom (Conservative is not a label of convenience. It is a guide to your actions.)
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To: TexGrill

And then what do they do with the (fattened up) cats?


3 posted on 08/28/2013 7:03:20 PM PDT by CrazyIvan (Obama phones= Bread and circuits.)
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To: CrazyIvan

“And then what do they do with the (fattened up) cats?”

Fattened cats coming to a Chinese Buffet near you.


4 posted on 08/28/2013 7:06:30 PM PDT by stars & stripes forever
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To: TexGrill
Despite these efforts, some netizens are still worried about the effect the cats may have on the local ecosystem. Some have argued that the felines may also prey on birds and other prairie animals, damaging the local food chain.

Exactly right. Cats kill for sport even when well fed. Cats also can quickly over populate an area.

I would recommend raptors such as hawks which are pretty much self limiting.

5 posted on 08/28/2013 7:06:58 PM PDT by Pontiac (The welfare state must fail because it is contrary to human nature and diminishes the human spirit.)
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To: CrazyIvan

Sell em as prairie rabbit.


6 posted on 08/28/2013 7:07:23 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: gunsequalfreedom
One of my catz would love to sign up for that program.

/johnny

7 posted on 08/28/2013 7:07:28 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: TexGrill

Business Opportunity - Cat Ranches:

http://www.snopes.com/critters/disposal/catrat.asp


8 posted on 08/28/2013 7:08:25 PM PDT by DManA
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To: gunsequalfreedom

I didn’t think so either. Westerners in the Chinese media have a weird fascination for stray cats and cheese factory stories. One time a group at China Daily organized a weekend for helping stray cats in Beijing. I asked the same group if they wanted to also help disabled orphans in rural China. They said no. Nonetheless I wrote a few stories about that topic anyways:

http://usa.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2012-05/13/content_15278503.htm

http://usa.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2012-10/31/content_15861230.htm

http://usa.chinadaily.com.cn/travel/2012-08/30/content_15719460.htm


9 posted on 08/28/2013 7:08:44 PM PDT by TexGrill (Don't mess with Texas)
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To: TexGrill

I’d recommend the feisty rat terrier for this duty but they wouldnt fare too well in that neck of the woods.


10 posted on 08/28/2013 7:11:17 PM PDT by Dysart (Control your destiny or someone else will. -- Jack Welch)
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To: TexGrill

The Ryders Alley Trencher-fed Society In New York City are owners of rat terriers who actively hunt urban rats. That was perhaps the original purpose of the entire breed.

A top terrier can kill an enormous number of rats quickly.

In traditional farming Americana, communities would make enormous stacks of bales of hay during harvest, stored outside to dry, then when the weather cooled, they would form a circle around the base of the stack, with rat dogs and boys and men with .22 rifles.

Men at the top would tear off bales, for wagons below, and startled rats would descend to the base of the stack then make a break for it across open ground. What followed would be a slaughter of thousands of rats by the dogs and the riflemen.

Not a single tear was shed for the rats, either, because the farmers knew that rats could destroy a harvest and leave them and their families without.


11 posted on 08/28/2013 7:19:49 PM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy (The best War on Terror News is at rantburg.com)
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy
That's a rat killin'.

/johnny

12 posted on 08/28/2013 7:30:50 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: TexGrill

"I don't bother chasing mice around..."

13 posted on 08/28/2013 7:32:56 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: TexGrill
Considering it was not all that long ago that all citizens of "Progressive People's Repulic" of China were ordered to round up and bring in to be killed all pets, including dogs and cats so as to stop people from wasting valuable food and money on "useless" animals, I am not certain whether to feel glad that there are still some living or dread of what will happen to them next when the government decides that they are not necessary yet again.

I remember years ago being told of uncounted family members crying unreservedly but eliciting no sympathy from their government when they had to hand in all their pets, some of whose ancestral lines had been members of certain families for generations uncounted.

14 posted on 08/28/2013 7:36:31 PM PDT by Utilizer (Bacon A'kbar! - In world today are only peaceful people, and the mooslimbs trying to kill them-)
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To: TexGrill

The stories I heard from my nephew going on in Macau yesterday were much wilder. They release cats all over construction zones in the city. Scaffolding on Skyscrapers are made from bamboo and workers are holding on to crane lifts for a final push into place.

Wearing sandals all the while. Whatever


15 posted on 08/28/2013 7:38:52 PM PDT by eyedigress ((zOld storm chaser from the west)/ ?s)
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vjNdwha_ct0


16 posted on 08/28/2013 7:40:53 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Qui me amat, amat et canem meum.)
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To: TexGrill

The cats will keep the number of rats down and the Chinese will keep the number of cats down.


17 posted on 08/28/2013 7:46:37 PM PDT by yarddog (Romans 8: verses 38 and 39. "For I am persuaded".)
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To: cripplecreek
Sell em as prairie rabbit.

I think "suburban veal" sounds more expensive.

18 posted on 08/28/2013 7:49:41 PM PDT by Standing Wolf (No tyrant should ever be allowed to die of natural causes.)
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To: CrazyIvan
There is a new show on the History Channel: Only In America.

Larry The Cable Guy is the main guy. And last night he had a long segment on dogs trained to catch rats in New York. It was fascinating, and hillarious! Highly recommend it.

19 posted on 08/28/2013 9:17:50 PM PDT by CT (Obama is the product of a shiftless press, LoFoVo, and the conquest of Soviet style public education)
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To: TexGrill

Cat population increases can also be dangerous (for example, rabies epidemics). Here’s a suggestion.

I live in the middle of a terribly thick prairie dog population (rodents saturating high mountain basins). We found, though, that containers (like five-gallon buckets) about half full to five-eighths full of water attract prairie dogs. The rodents drown very quickly in the buckets. Boards can be placed on inclines from tops of buckets to the ground to make it much easier for the rodents to get into the buckets.

I’ve seen five prairie dogs get into one bucket in one day. They don’t get back out. Granted, it’s dry here, and the idea might work better on higher, dryer Chinese prairies (near foothills or on steppes). Some might say that the method is cruel. But in my opinion, it’s far less cruel than rat poison. It’s even less cruel than choking them to death on a piece of bread (as some warriors of the past have done for their best wounded buddies).


20 posted on 08/28/2013 9:25:06 PM PDT by familyop (cbt. engr. (cbt.), Army National Guard, '89-'96)
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To: TexGrill

Using twenty buckets and emptying them often enough, BTW, 40 acres could probably be cleared within about a week during summer.


21 posted on 08/28/2013 9:29:37 PM PDT by familyop (cbt. engr. (cbt.), Army National Guard, '89-'96)
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To: TexGrill

I forgot to mention one more thing. The prairie dogs here are carrying Bubonic Plague. There are no fleas at these high elevations, but the Plague is communicable to humans from the rodents in several ways (pets, other contact, etc.).


22 posted on 08/28/2013 9:32:01 PM PDT by familyop (cbt. engr. (cbt.), Army National Guard, '89-'96)
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To: dfwgator

LOL! That song started playing in my head after reading that headline.


23 posted on 08/28/2013 10:37:35 PM PDT by Waryone
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To: TexGrill

I would like to read a little of that sparkling debate.


24 posted on 08/29/2013 4:10:11 AM PDT by smalltownslick
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