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      The Small British Cat Debate: Conservation Non-Issues And The (Im)mobility Of Wildlife Controversies

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          This article examines why cat predation is not on the agenda for most UK-focused conservation NGOs. Drawing on interviews and an analysis of scientific literatures and social media, I show that there are genuine epistemic uncertainties about whether cat predation presents a widespread conservation problem in the UK. This means that characterising NGOs’ position as science denialism is unjustified. However, I argue that NGOs may wish to avoid looking into the issue too closely, due to a belief that the matter is irresolvable: a view founded on assumptions about what the British public thinks, and what politicians think the public thinks. Finally, I show that while there is little fighting about cats between conservationists and cat advocates, cats are readily ‘grafted’ onto existing disagreements about gamekeeping and predator control. I conclude that the small British cat debate is unlikely to get any bigger in future, and that the case illustrates the importance of bringing together social science literatures on NGO politics, science and technology, and human-animal relationships when seeking to understand ‘issue creation’ by conservation NGOs. Furthermore, it highlights the need to attend to local cultures, practices, and ecologies rather than assuming that issues will translate across contexts.

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                Author and article information

                Journal
                101266752
                Conserv Soc
                Conserv Soc
                Conservation and society
                0972-4923
                0975-3133
                16 May 2022
                2022
                02 June 2022
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                Author notes

                Current affiliation: Schools of Biological and Social Sciences, University of Auckland, Auckland, NZ

                Research conducted at: School of Geography and the Environment, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK

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                EMS144966
                10.4103/cs.cs_92_21
                7612795
                ad46f8ed-09d4-44c9-8a23-5505e2af7063

                This work is licensed under a CC BY 4.0 International license.

                This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use and distribution of the article, provided the original work is cited. Published by Wolters Kluwer - Medknow, Mumbai | Managed and supported by the Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE), Bangalore. https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

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                domestic animals,ignorance,invasive species,issue creation,non-governmental organisations,science denialism,wildlife

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