FERAL: The Battle over Hawaii’s Cats (2018 ) [Documentary Trailer]

Hi everyone at Katzenworld,
I wanted to share the extended trailer for my upcoming documentary, FERAL: the battle over Hawaii’s cats.

FERAL discusses the overpopulation of feral cats in Hawaii. It is estimated that there are several HUNDRED THOUSAND cats on the island of Oahu alone.
The film highlights…
the various reasons as to why this is a MAJOR problem:
– the health and well being of the cats
– predation on critically endangered species
– a strange parasite spread by cats linked to the deaths of endangered Hawaiian monk seals and spinner dolphins
the various methodologies attempting to help mitigate this issue:
– trap, neuter, return (sterilization)
– humane euthanasia
– cat sanctuaries
and the intense CONFLICT surrounding the debate over these methodologies.
I hope the documentary provides an objective lens through which to view this situation as it is a complex problem and will require complex, COOPERATIVE solutions.
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18 thoughts on “FERAL: The Battle over Hawaii’s Cats (2018 ) [Documentary Trailer]

  1. CLEvangelism says:

    Thank you for broaching this subject! I’ve been to Oahu, the Big Island, Maui, and Kauai, and, yes, there are cats (and roosters!) everywhere.

    That being said, however, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser recently reported that Hawaiian nene (goose) numbers have increased to the point they will be downgraded from an endangered species to a threatened species. The difference?

    “As a threatened species, the nene still needs protection from ongoing threats, including predators such as mongooses and cats, as well as habitat destruction and collisions with vehicles.”

    But many readers probably glossed over the last part because God forbid should THEY take any responsibility for habitat destruction and species decimation… But if you look at all the houses and hotels and condos and stores and restaurants, it’s obvious that humans have done more damage to Hawaii than feral cats ever could.

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    • Marc-André says:

      It’s a very difficult topic… but they did discuss TNR and looking at other ways of dealing with it so I hope they will fine a humane solution

  3. Cat's Meow says:

    Hogwash! The cats are NOT killing marine animals.

    Mankind abandoned the cats, so mankind should provide for them as long as they live.

    The best solution is to TNR the cats and provide them with enough fresh water and food to keep their bellies full. With adequate food, they will stop hunting.

    Outside cats don’t live very long and TNR will prevent their numbers from growing exponentially. After a few years, the cats will all die off from natural causes. No more cat problem.

    My expertise? I’ve raised cats, both indoor and outdoor, for over 50 years, and they all stop hunting for food when they’ve got full stomachs.

    • Marc-André says:

      The doco is looking at both sides of the coin and I am truly hoping that they’ll find a humane solution for everyone involved! :/

  4. cheshirecatslave says:

    TNR would work perfectly if there were severe penalties for dumping cats that were strictly enforced and pet cats by law had to be neutered and chipped in wildlife sensitive areas. Irresponsible people cause the problem and cats and wildlife suffer the consequences.

  5. Edith Aint says:

    I suggest neutering the humans first. Not to be that person, but humans outnumber cats well over 4 to 1, and our species has a much greater environmental impact. Sorry, but we have no business trying to “fix” anything but ourselves. We’ve done enough already.

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