Next up was a short and a feature, which farkers will recognize the common theme. The short was "Song of a Sperm Donor". Jeffrey lives in a trailer in southern California, loves his doggies, and hangs out on the beach a lot. In the past, he made a good bit of money donating to the California Cryobank. Then one day he reads a newspaper article about sperm donor babies who are looking for their genetic fathers, and he recognizes his donor number! So he comes out, announces he's the donor a group of girls are looking for, and meets with them. Very interesting, particularly the economic and philosophical differences between his lifestyle and theirs.
So then the feature was about killing kittens. "Here Kitty Kitty" chronicles the 2005 debate in Wisconson over legalizing the killing of feral cats. These aren't like bobcats or lynx or anything, just standard domestic cats that haven't been tamed and are running wild. Apparently Wisconsin had (and still has) a problem with feral cat overpopulation. They piss everywhere, and are really annoying, so why not shoot them all? So there's a heated debate, both sides receive death threats, questions of killing vs. spaying (which is more economical), debates over how many birds feral cats kill every year, etc. It's all filmed with a sense of bemused detachment, and really the whole debate seems so silly (and Wisonsinites want to chime in and tell me why it isn't silly?) There are many great quotes from the debates, like "I've heard a lot of people say how feral cats aren't native to Wisconsin. I'd like to point out that neither are white people!" But my favorite comes from one of the anti-cat killing advocates, who explains how cats are an important part of what makes Wisconsin what it is...you know, with all the cheese. I had to ask people afterwards if I heard that right, and everyone heard it. I believe he claimed that cheese comes from feral cats. New ad campaign for California cheese--Good cheese comes from happy cows. Wisconsin cheese comes from feral cats?