Edward Pritchard

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Good questions. You got good answers. Poison is poison = the cat is dead. The point is can this device kill feral cats and not harm native animals. Your donation (if you choose to make one) will address this specific problem. Along the way issues of companion cats also become part of the conversation. Owners of companion cats have legislative rights. Free roaming and stray cats that live wild or even semi wild tolerating human interaction (feeding) are not companion cats. This device is not a trap. It will determine if the cat is a companion cat or not. If chipped it is or was a companion cat - if not then it is feral or abandoned and should be destroyed. What poison to use will be scrutinised by an ethics committee. This device will also come under scrutiny from animal welfare groups globally. In particular I anticipate global cat welfare groups will become quite active in opposing this device. These groups see the solution in TNR. There is no question about the damage done by cats in Australia. The only solution is instant destruction. Cats cannot live side by side with Australian native animals.
Jun 19, 2016
Is the Felixer cat trap safe for native carnivores?
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Microchip is the perfect answer. The problem with companion cats is how to educate their owners to be responsible owners. Microchipping is mandatory in many places. Publicity about the Felixer and it's purpose should encourage owners of companion cats to be responsible and get their cats chipped. Cats that are not chipped should be removed from the environment. The downside to this is a chipped abandoned cat that exists in a wild colony. But hey - solve one problem at a time.
Jun 17, 2016
Is the Felixer cat trap safe for native carnivores?
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Congratulations on this project. When I saw a news item some time ago describing this project I became quite excited. This space then went quiet for quite a while. Now back in the news with crowdfunding opportunities. Fantastic. Couldn't wait to donate. It seems animal recognition is at the heart of the project and the rest of it is just engineering. (don't mean to trivialize how clever and lateral thinking this is). Animal recognition is the key. Are you able to discuss what, how and why. This is a complicated and relatively new technology. If you need help you should reach out to this community.
Jun 17, 2016
Is the Felixer cat trap safe for native carnivores?
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