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Why shun cats when mice incentive works?

Without evidence of fowl play, cats should not be voted out of Parliament House.

ET Bureau|
Oct 01, 2019, 07.58 AM IST
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Some governmental pussy-footing on this eviction issue is merited.
At a time when cats have a respected place in the ‘Mother of Parliaments’ and also hold sanctioned official positions in the British government, it is unfortunate that their counterparts around Raisina Hill are in the doghouse about peachicks.

Recent calls for the removal of a clowder of resident felines — whose forebears had probably been among the first permanent occupants of the then-British Raj’s ‘Council House’, now Sansad Bhavan — because of suspected fowl play is surely ill-conceived as their absence will inevitably lead to a rise in the number of rodents, the other species with deep links to the building. There is, after all, no evidence to show that the disappearance of the offspring of India’s national bird was indubitably due to cats; large rodents would be just as inclined to make a meal of unwary parliamentary avifauna.

Two years ago, British parliamentarians asked for officially sanctioned cat presence in Westminster as its annual pest control bill had ballooned to £130,000. So, the financial implications of turfing out moggies from our Parliament House should be seriously considered before any precipitate action is taken, as rodent control costs are sure to rise exponentially once the service those cats perform on a food-for-work basis ceases. Some governmental pussyfooting on this eviction issue is merited.

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