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PostPosted: Sat Sep 02, 2006 8:50 am    Post subject: The Ernest Hemmingway Cats  Reply with quote

The Ernest Hemmingway Cats

The following article is well written and is a fact of Federal Government interference in our lives and the lives of the animal kingdom. While Ernest Hemingway is not at the top of my list of excellent authors, and I am judgmental on this manís life style, as time has past and the wisdom of age has been created in me by the fleeting years, I have grown to understand some of his more eccentric ways. What is totally out of reason however, is fact that these cats are different, six toed, a gene gone wild, whatever.... The Hemingway cats had strange genes (maybe spirit is a better term) and while this gene may be an endangered gene the very controller of the endangered breed wants to dispatch something that the locals appreciate and understand. Since there had been no complaints, they have had it under control until now.

Maybe it is time to trap, cage and alter these USDA officials to end their propagating and thus end by extinction further need for them in our lives
Sir William Dorris


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PostPosted: Sat Sep 02, 2006 8:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

For Whom the Bell Tolls
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According to a report in the Orlando Sentinel, regulators say the museum needs an exhibitor's license for the cats. Museum operators have pointed out that the cats are not being exhibited, they simply live on the property and are cared for by museum employees. But the USDA isn't buying it.

Agency officials say that until the cats are contained, the museum will face an exorbitant DAILY fine of $200 per cat. With about 60 cats on the property, that comes to roughly $12,000 per day. The trouble is, the six-foot walls around the Hemingway estate aren't quite high enough to contain the cats, and the walls can't be altered because the estate has been designated a National Historic Site. For obvious reasons, museum operators don't want to put the cats in cages.

The museum's lawyer, Cara Higgins, told the Sentinel, "It's beyond insane. This is the same agency that quit researching mad cow disease because of money, yet they have no problem investigating the activities of the Hemingway cats."

The Hemingway Home and Museum has been in business for more than 40 years. So you might wonder why the USDA waited all this time before they decided to get tough. According to the Sentinel, museum operators believe the sudden interest in the cats can be traced back to a local chapter of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA).

As you may be aware, the SPCA vigorously promotes spaying and neutering of all cats and dogs. Museum operators support this program as well. But while they do have the cats spayed and neutered, they always leave two cats of each gender intact to keep the family line unbroken from that original polydactyl given to Hemingway some 70 years ago.

Of course, the Museum could spay and neuter all their cats and adopt new ones occasionally from the SPCA, but it wouldn't be quite the same. When you visit the museum and you see all the cats lolling about, sleeping in a shady spot or curled up on a bed, there's a sense of authenticity about the fact that if Hemingway were alive today, these are the very cats that would be his pets.

And if Hemingway WERE alive today, you can be sure he'd have some choice words for the USDA and the local SPCA.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 01, 2007 9:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There was a short blurb and a photo of one of the cats in the recent issue of National Geographic.

Years ago we visited the site, and saw some of the extra toed cats ourselves.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 01, 2007 9:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If anyone knows an update on this situation, please post it here for us.

You are lucky, Smokey. I would love to visit his home. I have read about it for years.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 23, 2014 11:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I visited the Hemmingway House back in 1999 so this post caught my interest and I wanted to update it.   Very Happy


Cat Fight
By Robyn Hagan Cain on December 10, 2012 3:02 PM

Ernest Hemingway lived at 907 Whitehead Street in Key West, Florida, from 1931 to 1938. During that time, a friend gave him a polydactyl cat named Snowball. Since then, Snowball's polydactyl progeny have thrived and populated the property.

Hemingway's estate sold the property in 1961. Though the Hemingway cats were not explicitly mentioned in the purchase and sale agreement, it seems that they came with the place. For almost 50 years, visitors have toured the property ó now known as Hemingway House and Museum ó and marveled at the cats.

In 2003, the U.S. Department of Agriculture decided that the Museum was an animal exhibitor subject to USDA regulation under the Animal Welfare Act (AWA). The Agency demanded that the Museum obtain an exhibitor's license, pay fines, and follow certain protocols for caring for the cats. The Museum sued for declaratory relief, and lost. Last week, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed that decision.

The Museum argued that it wasn't an "exhibitor" under the AWA, and it wasn't subject to federal regulation because the Hemingway cats don't have an effect on interstate commerce. But, according to the USDA, a person acts as an exhibitor "simply by making animals available to the public." For over two decades, the USDA has relied upon this interpretation to apply the AWA to fixed-site, intrastate exhibitors like the Museum.

The Museum didn't dispute that it exhibits the Hemingway cats to the public for compensation, so the case hinged upon whether the Museum's exhibition of cats is a "distribution ... which affects [interstate] commerce," thus triggering federal oversight.

No Hemingway cat has ever been bought or sold, although some cats have been given away. The Museum's gift shop sells cat-related swag, and the Museum's website offers a secondary page devoted exclusively to the Hemingway cats. (At one time, there was a cat cam. Sadly, it is gone now.)

Approximately 250,000 visitors from Florida and beyond visit the Museum annually.

The Eleventh Circuit concluded that the USDA's reasonable and consistent interpretation of "exhibitor" was entitled to Chevron deference. Since the appellate court didn't find the Secretary's interpretation of "exhibitor" unreasonable, and the Museum made no attempt to explain why that interpretation was not entitled to Chevron deference, the court affirmed the district court's decision.

The appellate court also noted that the Museum "distributes" the cats in a manner affecting commerce every time it exhibits them to the public for compensation.

So there you have it. If your business attracts interstate visitors, and you promote on-site animals as part of your business, you could be subject to the AWA. Even if the animals never travel.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 23, 2014 2:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Carol.  How nice to see you posting again.  Thanks for bringing this subject up to date.  You will probably see a lot of  older posts that could use some updating too. Hint, hint!    Mr. Green

I got your message on my answering machine.  It was good to hear your voice.  Sorry I missed you.

Anyway, welcome back to TGP, my home away from home.   It is good to have you back home.

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