Just over a week ago, there was big news that the feral cat population was devastating endangered birds on Kauai. There are several state and federal agencies working on solving this problem. It’s also happening on other islands too.
It’s estimated on Maui alone that there are some 300,000 to 400,000 feral cats in the forests there that are having a significant impact on native wildlife also. Not only do these cats kill and endanger our native species, they are suspected in causing death among another endangered species, the beloved monk seals.
The feces from feral cats and even domesticated ones are suspected in spreading toxoplasmosis in the seal population. Whether the contamination comes from run off into the ocean or dumped cat litter poured into the sewer system, the hardy eggs are making its way into the oceans and getting monk seals sick and killing them.
It is amazing to me that with all the uproar by activists about the GMO issue, I hardly hear a peep about this very real environmental hazard to people, animals, and our oceans. With the thousands of protesters at the concerts and parties, where are they when the earth is really being contaminated and native species are dying? Earth is crying to be defended against these things and where’s that lawyer from Earthjustice to protect it? Where’s the people who is really saving our beloved a’ina when you really need them? I bet some of them are feeding those cats right now, completely unaware of the unintended consequences of their actions.