Do we really face a climate cat–astrophe?

Must we put up with yet another eco-cataclysm fabricated and exaggerated by ruling elites?

Guest post by Duggan Flanakin,

One day I will write a book: 111,111 ways our saviors have proposed to save the planet from the coming climate-driven catastrophes and extinctions. Meanwhile, here’s one you may not have considered.

At my cat-loving daughter’s house the other day, I ran across one of her books – How to Tell If Your Cat Is Plotting to Kill You (by Matthew Inman). A little later, I saw this headline: “Hollywood Celeb Emma Thompson: Eat your pets to survive ‘climate crisis.’”

My first thought? “Emma must have read this book!” But I read the article and did other research. It turns out that Ms. Thompson has repeatedly warned the world that the supposed climate crisis means we must expect “crop failures, water contamination, damaged houses, and ruined lives.” She now says we may even have to eat our own pets in order to survive the coming climate apocalypse.

That means it’s not just a crisis. It’s turning into a bona fide cat-astrophe! A furr-ocious cat-aclysm rooted more in dog-ma than in science or actual weather and climate evidence! But a rallying cry nonetheless.

Despite what Ricky Gervais said at this year’s Golden Globe ceremonies about Hollywood types being “in no position to lecture the public about anything,” Emma certainly thinks she knows what she’s talking about. She has won two Oscars! And two Golden Globes! And in 2018 Queen Elizabeth named her a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire! So she is now officially Dame Emma.

Moreover, as of December 2019, she even has an award named after her, though perhaps not one she will brag about. In its inaugural competition, the London-based climate policy NGO, the Global Warming Policy Forum (www.TheGWPF.com), announced that it is naming its annual World’s Greatest Climate Hypocrite Awards “The Emmas,” after Dame Emma.

Noting how she had flown first class across the Atlantic to attend a climate protest in London, then jetted back the same way, champagne glass in hand, GWPF director Dr. Benny Peiser said her “shamelessness” and “lack of self-awareness” have “propelled her to the very top of the field. There are brass-necked business people and sanctimonious politicians aplenty, but none can match our Emma; she really is a worthy first winner of our prestigious new award.”

Former President Barack Obama won the eco-hypocrite prize in the Politician category, while Richard Branson took home the Business class laurels. But at least Dame Emma flew commercial. Leo DiCaprio is notorious for taking private jets and limousines to lecture us lesser mortals about how we must reduce our living standards to save the planet, while former VP Al Gore prefers private jets and SUVs to do so.

But don’t get your dander up about Emma. Turns out she is rather late to the game.

Back in 2017, the online journal PLoS ONE published a report on research by UCLA scientist Gregory S. Okin: “Environmental impacts of food consumption by dogs and cats.” In the USA alone, Okin asserted, 163 million dogs and cats have a hugely detrimental impact on the environment, from the food they consume to the waste they produce.

Okin found that US dogs and cats “consume as much dietary energy as 62 million [human] Americans” – and are responsible for 25-30% of the environmental impact of meat consumption in the USA. If these four-footed friends were a separate country, Catdoggia would rank fifth globally in meat consumption. Getting rid of dogs and cats, Okin gushes, would be “the environmental equivalent of removing 13.6 million cars from the road.”

Some cat lovers might note that his analysis emphasizes canines and conclude that the world is once again going to the dogs. The ever-grumpy Garfield certainly isn’t happy about that.

Indeed, back in 2013, utilizing a 3-year U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service funded study, researchers found that previous estimates that cats kill hundreds of millions of birds a year were very low. Cats actually kill between 1.4 billion and 3.7 billion birds annually, they reported, plus between 6.9 billion and 20.7 billion mammals – mainly mice, shrews, rabbits and voles. Not even wind turbines wipe out that many birds (and bats) annually: see here, here, here and here.

Then there is top New Zealand economist and self-styled environmentalist Gareth Morgan, who created a foundation to promote his cat-killing ideas. Morgan demanded that New Zealand register and neuter all cats, raise the bar for “allowing” cat ownership, encourage citizens to cage-trap loose cats and turn them over to local authorities, euthanize all unregistered cats, fine all registered owners (!), and require that those same local authorities “dispose” of cats for free.

It’s been reported that Morgan is the local hero of the New Zealand Mouse and Rat Protective Society. But even Morgan is a piker.

Writing in the German leftist Neues Deutschland (New Germany), Katharina Schwirkus argued that, “In addition to their disgusting excretions, pets are also bad for the climate – because they eat meat and thus contribute to the emission of carbon dioxide” (and methane, we would add). Schwirkus says the ecological footprint of an average German cat is as large as that of a human Egyptian.

“If you want to do something good for the climate, you shouldn’t buy a dog or cat,” she insists. “The breeding of four-legged friends should be stopped in the long term…. [T]he romantic picture of pets must finally be deconstructed. Children should be made aware from a young age that it is absolutely selfish to keep a dog or a cat in a city.” People needing “comfort animals” will not be happy.

Meanwhile, according to “ethicist” William Lynn, writing in The Conversation, in 2015 the Australian government declared a war on feral cats, with a goal of killing over 2 million felines by 2020 via shooting, trapping, and “humane” poison. Lynn argued that there was no scientific basis for the government’s estimate of 20 million feral cats in Australia, nor for killing a tenth of that alleged number.

He instead argues that individual animals have a moral value, and that cats are themselves victims of human ecological errors. Lynn also questions the moral legitimacy of climate extinctionists who advocate for lethal management, which he says rests “on the assumption that individuals don’t matter – but ecosystems do. He concludes by saying “it is human beings [not cats] who bear direct moral responsibility for the ongoing loss of biodiversity in our world.”

(If you need some amusement and a break from the endless asserted and predicted climate catastrophes … that don’t involve cats … check out this 50 years report, other recap articles like this one, the outdated but enlightening and entertaining WarmList, and the WUWT Climate Craziness of the Week section.)

It is those same certain human beings – certainly not cats – who are spreading irrational fears about human-generated, plant-fertilizing carbon dioxide somehow, recently replacing the Sun other power natural forces in driving climate and weather fluctuations. Those climate crisis proponents insist that any climate and weather different from what most of Earth and humanity may have experienced over the last 50-250 years is unprecedented and will be cataclysmic.

They trumpet and bemoan the alleged coming climate extinction crisis – and produce massive volumes of “studies” and scare stories – telling everyone else what we must do to save the planet, while they the wannabe ruling elites tour the planet first class or in private jets, stay in five-star resorts, and demand that we eliminate just about everything that brings joy to the world of regular human beings.

Ricky Gervais is right. They are in no position to lecture us about anything. So enjoy your cat, dog, steak, car, overseas vacation and whatever else helps you enjoy your short sojourn on this wonderful planet.

Duggan Flanakin is Director of Policy Research at the Committee For A Constructive Tomorrow (www.CFACT.org)

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77 thoughts on “Do we really face a climate cat–astrophe?

  1. If one wants to save the planet from human activity, one could of course euthanize millions of feral cats and perhaps even euthanize millions of feral dogs but that’s just a feel good thing to help us avoid the reality that the creatures that need to be euthanized are the 7.7 billion human beings.
    For a start.
    The real problem is the 130 billion wild animals.
    Only then would the planet be saved.

    https://tambonthongchai.com/2018/12/16/beef-and-climate-change/

    • Wot about those pesky termites? Ooddkes of CO2 to be saved there (and my house, the little b’s)!

      At least my cat serves a purpose, keeping the rodent population well under control.

      • That means it’s not just a crisis. It’s turning into a bona fide cat-astrophe! A furr-ocious cat-aclysm rooted more in dog-ma than in science or actual weather and climate evidence! But a rallying cry nonetheless

        Purrrrr-fectly stated

    • As we established priorities for the 7.7 Billion Chaamjamal, we can start with celebrities then move on to the Politicians (this would provide us the biggest bang for our buck in terms of carbon footprints), Then we can move on to the Propaganda Ministry i.e. Climate Journalists, media doomsayers, Hollywood producers.

      By that time the Climate Scientist would have established 2 basic Facts and formulated a new hypothesis. First, The fact that grant money has dried up and Second, That in order to avoid being next on the mandatory extinction list they should revert to real science despite the reality that there is less money in it. The new hypothesis: we are not facing imminent doom and the next climate event you are likely to hear about will be the result of natural variability.

  2. I think alarmists should get their acts together–Emma should talk to the 2015 Australian government. Killing off all those extra cats is crazy when they may need to eat them to survive. (And just WHAT could possibly be wrong with feral cats in Australia if they kill, according to the 2013 US Fish And Wildlife report…..rabbits?)

    In the US, imagine how thankful everyone should be of Bill–the one who got rid of all those buffalo. Nobody alive today would even have been born if it weren’t for him. For Dog’s sake, compare their size and impact to a cat.

    Isn’t it amazing how much of Hollywood, and the political and environmental elite, have Gretabrains? It seems when told to getabrain–they misunderstood.

    • I don’t know about Australia, but there are very good reasons to get rid of cats in New Zealand.

      Its isolation for millions of years meant unique, ground-dwelling birds evolved away from predators, and their resultant gormlessness makes them such easy targets for cats (and other predators released by Polynesian and European settlers) that many species are endangered.

      So yes, sterilise kiwi cats, ban their importation, and euthanize any feral ones, along with stoats, possums, rats, hedgehogs and other recent interlopers.

  3. AOC has just recently purchased a small pure breed dog and got hit hard about it from PETA. I have no issues with pets even though I do not want one. But I was wondering what the green foot print of owning pets must be. Seems it is quite a bit. Yes I do not care. But from someone preaching to go green and saying we should not eat meat and run every bit of our lives, I feel the hypocrisy for her pet ownership is beyond reproach. Green New Deal for thee but not for me. I wish someone would call her out on this hypocrisy.

    • I’d like to have an emotional support gorilla with me back in coach. With it, perhaps I could persuade a first class passenger to switch seats.

    • in spite of claims aboutpets green footprints
      the fools doing the studies(cough cough) always manage to fail to remember our pets eat the waste we wouldnt from slaughtering.
      as well as downgraded grains tallows etc in the dryfood
      short of it rotting or being used as bllod n bone for fertiliser
      our pets further process and it still goes to fertiliser just differently.
      citypet poop etc might well be a differing problem with no ability to decompose within a few days via bugs
      but my 6 dogs poop isnt very easy to find after about 4 days between flies worms n dung beetles.
      the ones that DONT vanish are when I worm them-and the bugs avoid it for sound reasons the wormers kill them too.

      • My understanding is that a lot of pet food comes from our over-fished oceans.

        Although Malthusians and their successors have been clearly wrong, and mineral resources are much more plentiful than originally thought (pace Ehrlich vs Simon), there really must be a limit to how many organisms we can extract from ecosystems to feed ourselves and our pets.

        Perhaps we’ll be switching to more vat-grown foods as the technology develops.

        • Over-fishing to the most part comes from government subsidies. If a fishing fleet had to depend on its own profits to finance it ships most fishing would be local.

  4. Cats are super good for human health. link Someone should do a study proving how much cats reduce the nation’s medical expenses.

    Dogs make great therapists. link Again, we’re looking at a substantial reduction in medical costs, as well as the societal cost of untreated individuals roaming around getting into trouble.

    Anyone who can speak ill of dogs and cats should be treated with great suspicion. Like those who lack a sense of humor, they are probably a danger to mankind.

    • I don’t speak ill of pets, especially dogs. I speak ill of their owners that allow their dogs to defecate on the pavement/sidewalk and not clear it up which then gets trodden in and spread all over the place.

    • I remember reading a while back that one of the causes of the Black Plague in medieval Europe was the identification of cats as a demonic animal, leading to the widespread killing of cats in parts of Europe. The decrease in the cat population led to an increase in the rodent propulation which in turn led to the spread of the Plague. I read this on the Internet, so it must be true.

    • as someone who nearly died from Bartonella, from a cat..and still ive with the damage caused
      and the real risk of toxoplasmosis
      I will stick to dogs;-)
      but I dont mind cats if kept IN their own place not roaming

      • Hmmm–deer carry chronic wasting disease; where should we keep them? Please keep in mind that ‘in the wild’ is not a practical answer, they happily wander into farms, gardens and towns. Maybe some things are just risks we live with.

        • Any pet should not be allowed to roam, either one day they will not come home, either hit by a car or killed by another predator or sooner or later they will cause problems seen or unseen. If you love your pet do not allow it to roam free unsupervised.

    • “””Like those who lack a sense of humor, they are probably a danger to mankind.”””

      Yes. We should get rid of them. Earth would quite empty planet then. And that would GREAT !

      Thanks Bob !

      I told these news to our two cats. They looked me and the impression in their face was; So? Shut up you stupid servant. -> And back to sleep. It feels so good to live under cats´s command. They are top rulers.

  5. I spend about $170/month on dog foods for my two Belgian Malinois. I would stop buying beer before I’d let them go or stop feeding them good foods. And I’m not stopping drinking beer. My neighbors on all sides of me have at least one dog. And some of them I know are Democrats. I am not alone and that sentiment on dogs and cats as a pet to love and feed is not affected by some political-ideology affiliation across at least 150 middle Americans.

    I can tell you the best, fastest way for US Democrats to find themselves sent to the garbage heap of dead and forgotten US political parties ( can you say Whigg, Bull Moose) will be to proclaim that pet ownership must be eliminated for/due to Climate Change. So I encourage them to do so — to commit political suicide.

    • 150 million middle Americans.

      (Maybe Anthony’s new-fangled, upcoming WUWT system will return comment edits?)

    • Absolutely spot-on! That would probably provoke a larger reaction that threatening Social Security.

      Now if only David Middleton could post a picture of his dogs dressed up as anti-Emma Thompson protestors!.

  6. Would like to see this crap (the misfelinpic/miscaninpic stuff, not the amusing takedown by Mr Flanakin) published far and wide. If they start coming for people’s pets I suspect that opinions on those ‘nice’ greenies might change rather rapidly. Disclaimer – we’ve got three furry bundles of joy and if Emma Thompson or any of her wicked ilk come anywhere near them they might just find themselves having a guitar inserted where the sun don’t shine. . .

  7. There is a serious feral cat, along with the rabbit problem, problem in New Zealand and there really is only one cure. Cull or spay/neuter. I did so when I discovered some cats under my house when I lived there. With rabbits, NZers tried a solution which consisted of liquidised infected rabbits to try to spread disease. It didn’t work. Poisoning didn’t seem to work neither shooting. So the problem exists and is growing. Similar problem in Australia too.

    • myxo and calici virus work moderately well, but theres always some kits in a burrow that survive;-(
      the cats are damned cunning and bait n trapis iffy results wise
      even finding the buggers to shoot is near impossible.
      banning traps helped em thrive(as nasty as traps are, they did work)

      at least rabbits are a good feed when caught

    • Trouble is, try & euthanise the fluffy bunnies, you’ll have the Bunny-huggers out in force, as the plans to shoot 10,000 out of Australia’s 1,000,000 feral camels shows.

  8. “So enjoy your cat, dog, steak, car, overseas vacation and whatever else helps you enjoy your short sojourn on this wonderful planet.”
    Wonderfully said! Ah, the hypocrisy of the ecotheologists…’do as I say, not as I do!’
    I’ve always been more of a dog person than cat so maybe thats why Jordan Peterson’s ‘Rule for Life’ rule #12 came to me after reading this post (my synopsis of #12): Pet a Cat when you encounter one; Cats are independent, but put up with humans, so enjoy! But a cat, like nature, doesn’t really care about you.
    And for me, despite all the misguided climate panic, lets not get rid of our furry friends! Nor should we chop up birds/bats/insects.

  9. Feral cats are truly a serious problem in Australia. This from PETA’s Australian website.
    Cats make wonderful family companions, but when they live feral or are left to roam unattended outdoors, they are exposed to many dangers – including contagious diseases, speeding cars, poisons, and attacks by dogs and cruel humans – and can themselves be very dangerous to native animals. It’s estimated that feral cats kill 75 million native animals every night across Australia, including birds, frogs, small mammals, and reptiles.
    https://www.peta.org.au/issues/feral-cats/

    Australia’s bushland is populated by millions of feral cats, which prey on small native creatures and are believed to have left about 120 species at risk of extinction.
    https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/04/12/australian-scientists-plan-kill-feral-cats-toxic-pellets-injected/

    Per the Telegraph piece above one should remember that does include species endemic to Australia.

    • David, no offense meant but believing that anything PETA publishes has even a grain of truth in it is a stretch.

      They seem to hate all companion and working animals and want them all gone and dead. They were caught in the US, UK and other nations “adopting” dogs from shelters, killing them and disposing of their bodies in dumpsters, which is how they were caught. They are a weird group of ppl and have no love for nor understanding of the animal Kingdom.

      • None taken, I put it up from their site as if they’re saying there’s a problem then it could quite possibly true? Plus I put a Telegraph link up as I too feel PETA are a little on the deranged side shall we say. 😉

      • Feral cats are among the most damaging invasive species worldwide, and are implicated in many extinctions, especially in Australia, New Zealand and other islands. Understanding and reducing their impacts is a global conservation priority.
        We review knowledge about the impacts and management of feral cats in Australia, and identify priorities for research and management.
        In Australia, the most well understood and significant impact of feral cats is predation on threatened mammals. Other impacts include predation on other vertebrates, resource competition, and disease transmission, but knowledge of these impacts remains limited.
        Lethal control is the most common form of management, particularly via specifically designed poison baits. Non‐lethal techniques include the management of fire, grazing, food, and trophic cascades. Managing interactions between these processes is key to success.
        Given limitations on the efficacy of feral cat management, conservation of threatened mammals has required the establishment of insurance populations on predator‐free islands and in fenced mainland enclosures.
        Research and management priorities are to: prevent feral cats from driving threatened species to extinction; assess the efficacy of new management tools; trial options for control via ecosystem management; and increase the potential for native fauna to coexist with feral cats.

        https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/mam.12080

        There ya go!
        It’s paywalled but a highly cited piece.

    • funny that;-) 75mil a night???
      well lets get THAT in large headers to make the millions(guesstimated” killed by the fires a bit of “thinktime” for the sheeple.
      nice pets?
      thats weird
      NOTHING is a nice pet in their eyes
      everything is to be free and unfettered
      they have the HIGHEST kill rate for their supposed shelters of any animal care( NOT) setup

      when asked for help for abused farm animals, by a friend?
      they refused as there was NO media attention worthiness in it for them.

  10. Maybe i should feed those ecoterrorists to my dog? Less humans less carbon footprint. A win-win!!!

    Love that dark humor

  11. On the other hand, suitably prepared, Emma would feed my cats for about nine months. The very well-fed Al Gore would keep them going for about twice that, and the emetic effect he has on me might indicate the need for less hairball medicine for them. The Isle of Man(n) is the home of a unique variety of feline – coincidence? I think not. Then maybe there’s Thunberger cat chow… What’s the number to Purina?

  12. Every single member of the animal kingdom must be eliminated to save the planet from CO2. That is the only eco friendly solution!

  13. The Queen made Emma (eat my dog) Thompson a Dame. It was good of the Queen to remove all doubt about Emma’s status, in these gender confusing times. That was nice of her to do that.
    I can’t help thinking however, if the Queen had been fully aware of Emma’s desire to fry up the royal corgis for supper, she may have found a better use for the ceremonial sword than tapping our Emma on the shoulder….

    • The Queeen was well aware in 2004, while dubbing Dr. John Schellnhuber a CBE, of the Potsdam Climate Inst., of his declared intention to reduce the human population to under 2 billion.
      Known as the Great De-Carbonizer, Dr. John then wrote the Pope’s Laudato Si.

      Looks like Her Majesty, as head of her Church, has healed the great schism of Kong Henry VIII with that sword of hers, or both churches have simply gone to the dogs.

  14. I was astonished to see pictures of St. Greta over Christmas with her two large dogs. How much meat do they eat or are they vegan too? I love dogs, but she deserves an Emma for that.

  15. I’m sure some of the estimates of how many birds the feral or domestic cat kills must have a rational base but I know that a survey done in the UK a few years ago was simply a request for cat owners to report the number of kills of their own pets and this figure was then multiplied by the estimated cat population on the assumption that every cat in the country was killing at a similar rate. Which any cat owner know is rubbish. Setting aside the increasing number of unfortunate cats kept indoors, a great many cats have limited interest in hunting or limited skills. My own cats have seldom bagged any bird except baby blue tits, which will persist in leaving the nest unable to fly. Did it occur to me to report to that survey? No, of course not.

    • “Setting aside the increasing number of unfortunate cats kept indoors”

      Letting any of your pets run loose off your property is simply selfish.

    • Letting a cat out on my neighborhood is to allow it to be food for the Bobcat population the inhabits my neighborhood. They are easier to catch than rabbits rabbits hide in cactus and other brush making them hard to get at cat climb trees which a bobcat follow them right up.

  16. Not to be “catty”, but has anyone else noted the striking resemblance of the grumpy snowcat photo that is assigned to this post, and the photo of Saint Greta that we have seen on numerous occasions? Certainly this is not a conincidence.

    In related news, while posted in South Korea in 1979 I recall an article in the Pacific Stars & Stripes about an area in northern China where restaurants were facing a shortage of dogs that they were able to serve up. These dining establishments were encouraging patrons to bring in their family’s dog to be prepared and served for them. For me, this certainly gave new meaning to the phrase “taking your dog for a wok.”

    While Asian cusine is often accused of including dog as a delicacy, I was never able to get my Korean comrades to actually take me out and order dog meat. On the other hand, in the south of Italy, we were readily able to order horse meat.

  17. Gee whiz, and here I thought feeding the outdoor kitty would keep her from hunting the local birds (which is true).

    I still have yet to figure out what it is about so-called “celebrities” that makes them think they’re more important than the rest of us. Maybe we should think about TNRing them, to keep them from reproducing. They certainly aren’t gods/goddesses, so what use are they?

    • Hunting instinct and food aquisition are separate in cats. Cats don’t kill to eat, they kill to kill. There are studies that back this up. No amount of feeding keeps a cat from doing what cats do—hunt and kill.

  18. Listen, if these eco-warriors were so darn focused on reducing human impacts on the environment, and at the same time reducing the consumption of meat by all creatures, then they should all volunteer for “service” at the local Soylent Green plant.

  19. Venezuelans ate their pets. Meanwhile, Australia is killing 2 million feral cats….. Maybe we could trap the cats and send them to Venezuela.

    As was mentioned, wild animals are the real problem. Look how many evil, MEAT-EATING animals are out there. We need to destroy ALL meat-eaters and consider removing the omnivores later on. How ecologically efficient is it to have an antelope eat grass, then a lion eat the antelope???? About as efficient as humans eating cattle after the cattle ate the grass, an action which the greens condemned. So, all the lions, tigers, badgers, wolves, etc must go to save the planet. The Greens may be on to something here—we can cause a mass extinction to save the planet from a mass extinction.

  20. Feed a man a cat and he is fed for the day, teach a man to raise cats and …. well, we all know the rest.

  21. Voice from the REALITY most of us live in:

    (1) There is NO “climate” crisis, nor any other kind. No famines, wars, epidemics, extinctions ANYWHERE.
    (2) “Carbon footprint” is a pseudo-concept, created as an exchange unit for carbon taxes and cap-and-trade.
    (3) We LOVE our pets, trucks, cattle, kids, planes and burgers. And we have way more ammo than leftists.

    You’re welcome! 😉

    • I don’t know if you are serious or just a fool, NO climate crisis correct, No famines not correct but greatly reduces, no epidemics, not as bad as they use to be but still exist. no Extinctions anywhere, yes they but in the overall problem is they are not accelerating, and most are due to invasive species out competing native plants and animals, total number of know species extinctions in human history is less than a 1000. 2, Is absolutely correct. 3 depends the left murder 200,000,000 people, starve a great many of them, shot a great number of them, after they disarmed them in the twenty century, so yes I will keep my guns.

  22. This article, and all the comments I have read so far, have entirely the wrong perspective on the issue.

    Cats are not the problem. Other beings might be, depending on whether they are serving cats or just taking up space.

    Cats are so important that the Universe spontaneously popped into existence in order for them to have a place to live. Our focus should be on making it even better for them.

    You ask your cat. He or She will tell you.

  23. Give, 10 out of 10 !
    Best article I have read about “Climate ? Global? Catastrophe” yet !!
    BTW mentioning cooking a Cat casserole with white wine, button mushrooms, carrots, onions & parsley to top it ? Send my cat hiding under the bed ..
    Don’t want to come out ??

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