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[–] GoodGodKirk 1 point 10 points (+11|-1) ago 

Tell that to the French during the Black Plague when they killed all the cats cause of superstition. The fleas on rats spread the disease far and wide .


[–] TheSeer 3 points -2 points (+1|-3) ago 



[–] GoodGodKirk 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

In the 1300s, doctors had almost no knowledge about the causes of plague. As a result, there were countless superstitions about plague. Some Europeans blamed various groups as Jews, beggars, lepers, and friars, while others blamed animals. The best-known superstition was about the bad luck of cats and their association with the devil.

Many cats were killed as a result of this superstition, which exacerbated the problem of the plague. Without cats to act as their predators, little kept the rat population in check. People in Europe continued to kill cats for another 300 years and remained vulnerable to the plague when it swept through Europe again in the 1600s.


[–] motomatt 3 points -2 points (+1|-3) ago 

People who keep 'pets' and let them roam wild should do so because of the plague? Well that is one way to look at it. A completely retarded way, but certainly a way.