Animal Insurgency

"Supposedly docile pets also proved capable of insurgency. When introduced cats refused to comply with human demands, the director of the Zoological Gardens in Sydney wrote in 1912, ‘Australia is having another wild animal added to its fauna from a rather unexpected quarter in the form of our common house cat. Of course so long as our beloved pussies consent to stay at home and play the part of animated mousetraps we have no fault to find with them, but when they throw off our authority and start an independent existence in the bush it behoves us to look to their antecedents and see if any special precautions are necessary under the new arrangement.’"

Shannon, Lorraine. Petty Crimes: Animal Transgressions in the City. Island, No. 117, Winter 2009: 8-16