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Abandoned pets responsible for massive wildlife killing spree

The Local · 2 Jul 2010, 08:00

Published: 02 Jul 2010 08:00 GMT+02:00

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According to the organisation’s estimates, about two million stray cats and canines have been left behind by heedless people who are either overwhelmed by the task of caring for the animals or don’t take the time to find alternative care for their pets.

The animals are often abandoned at rest stops and wooded areas, where they are forced to fend for themselves, killing rabbits, birds, frogs, and lizards. Larger dogs can even kill fawns and pregnant does.

“Abandoning house pets is morally reprehensible to the highest degree,” DJV president Jochen Borchert said in a statement, adding that it is a violation of Germany’s animal protection laws punishable with fines up to a €25,000.

In addition to cats and dogs, foreign turtles and reptiles are left near water sources, threatening native fish and aquatic ecosystems, the organisation said.

This criminal behaviour by pet owners not only threatens wildlife, but subjects the abandoned animals to great suffering, it added.

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“The DJV appeals to all animal owners to find suitable vacation lodging for their house pets in time,” the statement said, urging them to consider kennels or pet-sitting services.

But ultimately pet owners should consider the responsibilities that come with their new animal before taking them on, the DJV added.

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09:44 July 2, 2010 by Prufrock2010
I think the only "nature" at issue is the "human" nature that would stoop to such selfishness and depravity as to abandon their totally dependent pets in order to go on a holiday. You can expect starving animals to become atavistic. There are no words vile enough to describe those who abandon them. In addition to being subject to stiffer fines, those who are caught should do prison time.
10:07 July 2, 2010 by chimpansi
Simple solution dont domesticate animals. Its like slavery.
10:36 July 2, 2010 by avinashc
the people are worried too much about the little creatures killed by cats and dogs.

what about the animals and other creatures killed by humans.

it says abandoning pets made them more cruel. How many rich people in the various developing and under developing countries are abandoning poor people and when these poor people become aggressive againt them, they call them terrorists.

who is giving funding for these type research to tell how many small creatures are killed by pets.

:) :) :)
11:42 July 2, 2010 by tofukitty
As a lifelong responsible pet owner, I am happy to see that it is considered criminal behaviour and a nice fine to go with it. I don't see how anyone could consider abandoning their cat or dog just to go on hoilday as an ok thing to do. I for one am always on the lookout for lost and abandoned pets. Anyone who doesn't think this is a problem should spend a day at a Tierheim. Many more pets are found abandoned than are willingly taken in. Makes me so proud to human...
12:54 July 2, 2010 by NYsteve
The accuracy of the number is not the important matter......even ONE abandoned animal is too many. The simple fact is....if you accept responsibility for a pet...it is for the animal's life. If you cannot make that commitment.....buy a stuffed animal. The other thing that needs to be considered and would help the problem is spaying and neutering. Last thing....if your animal is an outside animal...get it microchipped. These all go along with pet ownership. These animals have rights once brought into "our world"....Non-pet owners may scoff at this, but people who own pets understand.
14:25 July 2, 2010 by x.w.
Of course it is sad that irresponsible people are abandoning their pets, and this should never be done. It is also a tragedy for the wildlife.

Many Tierpensions are full during the summer & winter holidays. And they are unbelievably expensive. We just paid 500 euro for a dog & cat to be sat for a 2 week period. Sure, it would be great to have neighbors to trade off with - too bad they are too snooty to associate civilly with "Auslaender." Germany is a beautiful country, but a very unfriendly place for foreigners.

There is a simple solution: if Germany truly wants to reduce the number of abandoned animals, then it will encourage more new businesses that will provide reasonably priced pet sitting when people are away on vacation.

Anyone who is looking to start a new business...there is a need out there for pet sitters.
14:33 July 2, 2010 by Gretl
Abandoning your pets is awful, I agree.

However, the pet killing toll on wildlife, I think, needs to be compared with the roadkill toll. Is my vermin-killing cat protecting the farmer's fields or devastating wildlife? I would say the mice would not be there except for the farming. However, the foxes, steinmartins, and hedgehogs I see on the side of the road are wildlife and something my cat doesn't kill.

I am happy to see they are not blaming Americans again for this. I adopted a German dairy barn cat while living in Bayern, who has since emmigrated to the USA and is finding American vermin choice and delicious.
19:21 July 2, 2010 by ladypoohbear
The solution is spay and neuter your pets. Simple. Here in America, we have the same problem. Stupid people all over the world.
02:11 July 3, 2010 by stoltz
Well if some one wants to do some thing abaut all this ,, A good lesson is go down to Greece and see how they treat animals !!!!!! Wish U are not a dog down there !!! Trust Me
02:51 July 7, 2010 by thequeen09@att.net
The thought of people tossing out their pets like they toss their trash is not only cruel, but shows the lack of brains they have. Pets are dependant upon the human to provide for them. They are not taught to hunt like the wild animals are taught by their parents. And to shoot animals for sport is totally sick. Some people just enjoy killing. A life is a life, just because it does not speak your language does not give humans the right to just kill for the sport. What do humans do when they are hungry? I am sure they have stolen or who knows what in order to feed themselves. It is no different with animals. They and humans have a built in drive to survive. People to abandon their pets should be heavily fined (if possible). Animal abuse eventually leads to human abuse.
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