The Ernest Hemingway Museum in Key West Florida has always featured a bunch of wild six-toed cats. I have seen them myself. The adorable cats are descendants of the cats that the great author Hemingway owned when he wrote in his house, which is now the museum.
The museum has a veterinarian who visits every week to check their health, give annual shots and treat any issues. But that is not enough for the Obama’s gigantic invasive federal bureaucracy.
From the Sun-Sentinel:
Government inspectors determined that if the museum wanted to keep the cats “on display” it needed to obtain a license under the federal Animal Welfare Act, keep the cats in individual cages each night, tag each cat for identification, and build elevated resting surfaces for the cats.
In 2009 the museum sued to challenge the federal government’s assertion of jurisdiction over its cats under the Commerce Clause. However, U.S. District Judge Jose E. Martinez of Miami ruled in favor of the government last year, and the museum appealed.
On December 7, the Eleventh Circuit also ruled in favor of the federal government’s authority to regulate the museum as an “animal exhibitor” under the federal Animal Welfare Act.
Instead of being wild carefree bohemian Hemingway cats, now the museum must keep the cats in individual cages each night, tag each cat for identification, and build elevated resting surfaces for the cats.
This is good for the cats how? Being locked up at night, which is when cats are awake? Cats sleep in the day for God’s sake! This should be considered animal abuse!
Build elevated surfaces? They have patio tables, what more do they need?
While at first this story is sort of fun, as I wrote this I realized it was more scary. Big Brother has arrived, and is forcing it’s bloated bureaucracy dictatorship into virtually every aspect of our life. Very scary.
Some Blogging Guy