May 31, 2011 |
Before his rants about corruption made him persona non grata with the Communist Party, before he started agitating for the rights of children and evicted tenants, before he denounced the Beijing Olympics, there were the cats. In his prolific blog posts, Chinese artist Ai Weiwei wrote paeans to the dozens of stray cats who inhabited his studio and served as his creative muses. "The cats and the dogs in my home enjoy a high status; they seem more like the lords of the manor than I. The poses they strike in the courtyard often inspire more joy in me than the home itself," he wrote in 2006.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 17, 2010 |
The line forms even before the doors open at FixNation in Sun Valley. The trappers come, five days a week, back seats and trunks loaded with feral cats. Inside is a highly organized production line: On an average day, about 80 cats will be neutered and sterilized, then released 24 hours later into the neighborhoods they came from. This largely volunteer effort seeks to control a problem that vexes cities everywhere: how to manage homeless, free-roaming cats -- thought to number at least 1 million in Los Angeles -- while trying to avoid euthanizing them.
January 24, 2007 |
There's something so immediately appealing about rockabilly music that it's easy to assume the invigorating style has been a bestselling fixture on the pop scene ever since its start in the '50s in Memphis, Tenn. In truth, only one pure rockabilly group has captured the mass pop consciousness over the last quarter century: the Stray Cats, whose engaging, early-'80s hits included "Rock This Town" and "Stray Cat Strut."
May 14, 2005 |
A month after Gov. James Doyle said a plan to allow hunters to shoot stray cats was making Wisconsin a laughingstock, the public advisory group that raised the issue decided Friday to let it die. "There is no need to push it any further," Steve Oestreicher, chairman of Wisconsin Conservation Congress, said of a proposal to allow licensed hunters to shoot feral cats that kill wildlife.
April 17, 2005
There's no getting around stray cats' new status as environmental varmints, to the point that a proposal to allow shooting of Wisconsin's stray cats is heading to voters. There are about 78 million pet cats in this country, at least 50% more than 15 years ago. An equal number of homeless cats -- both domestic strays and truly feral ones -- roam freely. Except for the indoor-only cats, most of these animals are eating birds.
April 12, 2005 |
The fight over stray cats here has turned downright feral. Hunters and feline lovers hissed at each other across the state Monday night as they participated in an advisory vote to decide whether to make stray domestic cats an unprotected species -- and potentially allow the public to hunt and shoot them.