UK parliament catfight over mouse in the house
A “herd of cats” running wild in parliament would be unmanageable: study
Britain’s Houses of Parliament desperately need some feline protection to tackle the growing mouse population -- but the job would require an impractical number of cats prowling the corridors of power.
A study found that due to the size of parliament, one or two cats would not be enough, while a “herd of cats” running wild would be unmanageable, lawmaker John Thurso reported to the lower House of Commons on Thursday.
The cat plan has been given “full and proper consideration” by the authorities, he announced, but there were “very clear practical and technical difficulties” with the idea.
MP Anne McIntosh has led the calls for parliament to take rescue cats from a nearby London shelter to deal with the mice problem once and for all.
“The mice population is spiraling out of control -- particularly in areas where food is being prepared, which obviously poses a clear health hazard,” she protested.
If parliament could not have resident cats, she floated the possibility of having one unleashed in the evenings to prowl round the building.
“One would think it would be perfectly sensible to introduce a cat to keep the mouse population down,” she said.
But Thurso said there would still be problems.
“Given the scale and size of the estate it would be necessary to have a great number of cats to make any real impact. Having a herd of cats on the parliamentary estate would present a number of difficulties,” he said.
“Herding cats is quite difficult,” he added.
British Prime Minister David Cameron brought a rescue cat called Larry into Downing Street in 2011 after a rat was spotted in two television news bulletins scurrying around outside the famous black door of the prime minister’s residence.
However, Larry’s efficiency has been called into question. Downing Street says the nation sends him daily gifts and treats but he spends much of his time “testing antique furniture for napping quality.”
There have been resident mice-fighting cats in Downing Street since the 1920s. Some have even been given the title of “chief mouser to the Cabinet Office” and put on the state payroll.
Syrian ambulance driver feeds Aleppo’s abandoned catsAlmost 150 cats depend on Alaa for food Variety
Cat ‘honks’ at cameraA 6-second video of a cat who opened its mouth the exact moment a car horn honked on a nearby street has gone viral on video-sharing site YouTube. ... Reports
Feeding Aleppo’s abandoned catsAlaa, an ambulance driver, buys about $4 of meat every day to feed about 150 abandoned cats in Masaken Hanano, a neighborhood in Aleppo that has been ... Perspective
Egypt reacts to ‘mass killing’ of catsThe cats were killed through a hit on the head or by putting poison in their food Middle East
Cat got your gun? Iraq, Syria jihadist pictures go viralMany militants fighting with ISIS or the Nusra Front are reportedly believed to be of foreign origins Variety
Donors pledge $80 million to protect wild catsThe donors announced the 10-year funding effort following a private signing ceremony in Abu Dhabi Middle East
Profile: ‘First American suicide bomber’ in SyriaMoner Mohammad Abu-Salha, 22, was born in Florida, loved to play basketball and is now described as a 'cat lover' Profiles