Matthew Backhouse at the Herald reports:
The philanthropist’s Cats To Go website was initially met with outrage from cat lovers, but responses to questions in UMR Research’s monthly online survey show the public may be coming around to his views.
Not really. The survey showed that the moderate proposals have support – as they should. But there is total rejection for his more extreme proposals.
The survey of about 1000 people found more than half supported neutering all cats, registering and microchipping all cats, and banning cats from areas near wildlife reserves, forests and national parks.
This is not surprising. And if Morgan had campaigned on those issues solely, then I’d say he would have got a far better reception.
But two of the measures Dr Morgan advocates were met with far less support, with only 12 per cent agreeing cat owners should not replace them when they die and 7 per cent agreeing cats should be kept indoors at all times.
And these measures were at the core of his campaign. His website is called Cats To Go – not Cats To Be Registered. The top infographic on his site says “Make this cat your last”.
Far from endorsing his views, this poll is a total rejection of his extremism.