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Thursday, April 14, 2005

SPCA Wants to Track You

The SPCA is pushing for compulsory microchipping of cats.

Front page news of my local rag - Kapiti's pets being tagged already.

Quote from "Inspector" Lloyd Warren: Who knows, microchipping could be mandatory for cats in ten years, and then it could be humans," he grinned.

The SPCA's rationale for microchipping cats is, that those that are lost could be reunited with their owners. Let's look at that concept. In order for a reunion to happen, an up to date database of owners has to be maintained. Some one has to pay for this database. When people move, they will have to send in their new address details. The best way to manage this process will be mandatory registration of cats and their owners, with a yearly fee to cover the costs of registration and maintaining the database. Once this is in place, a limit can be placed on the number of cats you are "allowed". Part of the SPCA's overall agenda. You think I'm kidding, don't you?

A couple of months back I read an article in the Dominion Post about the SPCA in the central North Island (maybe it was in the Hamilton area) wanting compulsory microchipping of cats, a limit to three cats per household, and a nightime curfew on cats. Their rationale was that the cats killed the local birdlife, therefore had to be kept in at night. Newsflash, peabrains, cats at nighttime roam around disposing of the local rodent population. They'd get the birds during the day, except for being so tired from their nighttime hunting that they sleep for most of it! So the birds would be in far more danger with well rested curfewed cats than they are now with night roaming cats.

The really disturbing thing about this is that this "article" looks like an SPCA press release turned into "news". My guess is the SPCA is moving slowly to try to get people used the idea of more and more tracking. Lloyd's offhand grin comment of "...and then it could be humans" shows that a blantant disregard for the concepts of privacy. It's none of his business how many cats I have. It's none of his business what my cats do at night. And if this is the beginning of getting us used to tracking humans, ie by tracking our cats, then everyone needs to tell the SPCA to sod off. No more donations, no more support.

Posted by Lucia Maria | 4/14/2005 04:35:00 pm

4 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ok, i liked this site a whole lot, till i read this bit. This just has the stink of conspiracy theory to it.

I mean really, micro chipping cats is a way to track the movements of their owners? Like, dont you think using the phone book or bank records would be far easier?

The guys comment about it being in humans was obviously "tongue in cheek" so dont take it too seriously. He was not advocating it for humans, it is NOT a scheme to begin tracking people. The SPCA is not an extra-covert branch of the CIA, SIS or agents for the Illuminati.

They ARE animal advocates and often people who care passionately about some narrow issue will lose focus on reality and practicallity.

4/15/2005 08:53:00 am  
Blogger Lucyna said...

Anon, I don't doubt that the SPCA is full of animal adovocates who passionately believe that chipping cats will benefit the cats in the long run. The thing is, by advocating the compulsory chipping of cats, they go too far. They've crossed the line.

And yes, I was over the top in my conspiracy scenario. I don't actually think that the SPCA wants to track humans, they just want to help animals. But the intention is not the issue here.

The road to hell is paved with good intentions and the price of freedom is eternal vigilance.

I would love to not have to worry about all this shit. Truly, I do have better things to do. But it's gotten to a point where if no one is pointing out what is going on and where it might lead then we are doomed.

And I am getting pretty sensitive about all this. I just found out that the Soviet Union tried to kill off my Dad's bloodline during WW2. That was only 60 years ago.

4/15/2005 09:52:00 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The problem with taking things to an absurd conclusion, and then giving the appearance of accepting and EXPECTING that conclusion, is that you tarnish yourself with absurdity.

As a young site, and I assume rookie blogger, I would think you would want to avoid being labelled far right loons or conspiracy nutjobs. This reputation can stick with you for a long time. For example, if phil u. and i started to agree on things and then continued to agree for a long time(it could happen, i might be in a car accident or something and be denied oxygen for 5 minutes, or he might sober up) I would still consider him a Marxist twat and he would still consider me a needle-dicked, right wing wanker.

I too object to the compulsory aspect of the "proposal", and I see it as something the Labourites would back instinctively. Like mandatory car alarms on all imports it is something that they will be doing for us , for our own good, as we are too stupid to appreciate the benefits of doing so voluntarily.

Kimble

4/15/2005 11:34:00 am  
Blogger ZenTiger said...

It can be a problem to take things to an absurd level (unless you are a science fiction writer), but equally, I find using the term "conspiracy theory" has evolved to be a standard tactic to discredit any argument.

It is extreme to think the SPCA is interested in helping the illuminati test the ground for chipping people. It's less extreme to find the RFID companies pushing the technology to get sales and use the results of the SPCA to help leverage justifications to expand its use.

The move for tagging humans for medical reasons is now making the mainstream, (see my recent blog post) and it likely wont be long before criminals get tagged too. Some are already required to wear location sensing bracelets to maintain home detention.

Slowly, more groups will adopt the benefits of RFID chips, and the shadow groups, that only exist in the deranged minds of the conspiracy theory nuts, will work out ways to exploit this technology.

4/15/2005 11:57:00 am  

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