Cat Fight On: Reveal
- Written by Reveal: The Center for Investigative Reporting
- Category: Featured - Radio
- Published: 18 January 2016
We live in a country of cat lovers. About 80 million cats live in our homes today, but what about the other 80 million living outside of the house?
In the next episode of Reveal on Thursday at 1PM on WHRV 89.5, we take a look at two cats whose fates diverged – one, an invasive predator, is encouraged to thrive and hunt; the other, a native wildcat, is being hunted and trapped.
We have more cats than dogs in our homes today. But for every pet cat curled up in our laps, there’s another one roaming our alleyways, parks and other places around the country: 80 million of them. If you don’t see many of them, it’s because several are feral and avoid human contact.
Right now, the question of how to best control these cats is sparking a lot of controversy. At issue is whether they are pets gone astray that we should be protecting or invasive predators that are decimating local wildlife.
For generations, animal shelters have tried to curb the wildcat population in two ways: adoption or euthanasia. Conservation groups want animal control agencies to limit the population because cats kill lots of native wildlife. But cat lovers say they have a more humane and effective way to reduce the number of feral cats – and their message is catching on.
Producer Adithya Sambamurthy takes us deep inside the feral cat movement to examine what this cat fight is all about.
The mission of The Center for Investigative Reporting is to engage and empower the public through investigative journalism and groundbreaking storytelling in order to spark action, improve lives and protect our democracy. You can hear these investigative reports most Thursdays at 1pm on WHRV 89.5 FM.