Saturday, October 27, 2007

Cat-astrophic Global Warming

There are few dire scenarios that haven't been linked to global warming but now and again, a clever cat-astrophe emerges. According to Monica Guzman's blog at Seattle Pi, animal shelters are filling up more quickly with stray cats, and it's possible that global warming is to blame.

The post includes this post from Dan Jordan, director of the Seattle Animal Shelter.

"A decade ago or two decades ago, when there were cold spells in the winter, a certain part of the cat population died off. But if we're not having those real cold spells, a lot more animals stay alive through the breeding season," Jordan said. He hasn't seen any data to back that up, but it's "certainly been discussed" among directors of other shelters, he said.

Did he really just say what I thought he said? Global warming is bad because not enough stray cats die on the streets due to the cold? Interesting perspective from a man who is dedicated to saving the lives of stray animals.

Of course, the post does admit that this year's number of stray cats brought in isn't any higher than last year. But let's not let facts get in the way of a really clever story.

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