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Hemingway Cats in trouble with USDA

post #1 of 16
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Get a load of what the USDA is trying to pull. The Herald Tribune says that the USDA (U.S. Department of Agriculture) says that the cats who live on the grounds of Hemingway's house in Key West have to live their lives in cages because they are animals on exhibit at the home. Can you imagine taking these cats (many of which are elderly) and forcing them to live in cages, just because they were born on the Hemingway property? That's so insane!
post #2 of 16
That's so sad. Such insane BS redtape rhetoric.

Hemingway has always had cats in these numbers. He stated once that they were devoted animals to him, but that if he came home drunk, "they deserted his bed"....Many great names for them too.

You have to wonder though if these cats are being s/n though???
post #3 of 16
That's ridiculous.

I doubt it'll work either. They're not "on display". Do the stray cats who live at the Biology dept here have to be "on display" too?

The members of the family who run Hemingway's estate are nutso and very well lawyered, the USDA is stupid to go after these cats because they're gonna lose.
post #4 of 16
That is just ridiculous! Doesn't the USDA have more important things to worry about - like CDW, BSD, Hoof and Mouth, Bird Flu, just to name a few?

From what I understand, most of the Hemmingway cats are spayed/neutered, but they do keep a few in tact to ensure that the line of cats is continued. They do not allow them to reproduce unchecked, and they do select which ones will be allowed to breed based on health and things like that.
post #5 of 16
That's so sad.
post #6 of 16
That really ticks me off! They're not "on display!" They live there.
post #7 of 16
Hemmingway would turn over in his grave if he knew.
How sad for the kitties.
post #8 of 16
When I saw this thread title, I thought it was about all polydactyls, because I've heard the term Hemmingway cat used for polydactyls in general, in addition to it's use for these specific cats.

I have to agree with everyone else. They are a managed feral colony. Sure, they're part of the charm, but on display? That's taking it a little far.
post #9 of 16
Yes, most of the Hemmingway cats are fixed. Like Heidi said, they are allowed one or two litters of controlled breeding every year to continue the line. They are all fully vetted and receive vet attention when they need it. They are allowed in the house and all over the gardens. I was there this past December, and they're actually quite sweet cats. Many, but not all, are polydactyls.
post #10 of 16
I really think that is a way of making money and that is all what it is . On the end they will settle (sp) for a lot of money . Sadly , but a lot of time so very true .
I did check their wepsite out before and what I was reading there was that all the cats are verry well taken care of and verry spoilt . Also that only a few are intact in order to keep the original line going .
post #11 of 16
Oh how stupid! I was there in February and the cats are sooo sweet! They are deffinately well taken care of. I believe they are fed Eukanuba food (someone asked about how much food they go through in a week or something) and the did say the cats are s/n etc. When you see those cats you know they rule the roost! They certainly aren't 'on display!'

They have a website where you can see them live on a webcam if anyone wants to try to find it.
post #12 of 16
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Originally Posted by MoochNNoodles View Post
Oh how stupid! I was there in February and the cats are sooo sweet! They are deffinately well taken care of. I believe they are fed Eukanuba food (someone asked about how much food they go through in a week or something) and the did say the cats are s/n etc. When you see those cats you know they rule the roost! They certainly aren't 'on display!'

They have a website where you can see them live on a webcam if anyone wants to try to find it.
Here is a link to the webcams. Too bad I have slow dial-up...I didn't even try to watch!
http://www.hemingwayhome.com/HTML/livecams.htm

I hope the USDA backs off on this one...those cats are pets, not zoo exhibits!
post #13 of 16
Thanks for sharing the link.
post #14 of 16
IMO, the USDA is being unreasonable. But having said that, I wonder if "Cat Fencing" would bring them into compliance, and, if so, if there is any kind of a fund-drive to pay for putting up the "Cat Fencing". I'll bet that there would be enough donations, even if people donated a dollar
post #15 of 16
Petty and pathetic is all I can say....why can't the authorities spend their time on doing something useful...instead of wasting tax payers money.

If the authorities are stuck for jobs to do why don't they 'think up' something that is worthwhile.

We have a name for people like that over here.....JOBSWORTH!!!!.

They won't do anything 'cos its "more than their job is worth"
post #16 of 16
what a load of old balony

Whats gonna happen ? its just plain crazy - we ought to get a petition or add to it if theres one on the go
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