Monday, December 03, 2007

Cats versus birds

Cats eat birds
Jillian Tamaki, image 1Jillian Tamaki, image 2

Jurisdynamics Network correspondent Dan Kowalski has directed my attention to this New York Times Magazine feature: Kill the Cat That Kills the Bird?:
[There is a] strange Sylvester-and-Tweety feud between birders and cat fanciers . . . . For more than 20 years, the two sides have exchanged accusations and insults over the issue of cats killing birds. Depending on whom you talk to, cats are either rhinestone-collared mass murderers or victims of a smear campaign waged by lowdown cat haters. The National Audubon Society has declared that “worldwide, cats may have been involved in the extinction of more bird species than any other cause, except habitat destruction.” The American Bird Conservancy, a smaller, feistier group, runs a campaign to persuade cat owners to lock up their pets.

Cat defenders respond: They’re cats! They chase birds.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

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12/31/2007 1:20 AM  
Blogger Jo Jo said...

Thank you for your article. I'm so discouraged. Today I took down all my feeders. Every time I look out my window all I see is a cat scaring the birds off or walking away with a bird in it's mouth. I feel like I'm partnering with this cute little murderous fur balls. There is no question they are devastating the bird population while theirs just goes up and up. Today I saw one of them go after a squirrel and almost get it, when will we get help?

I think the way to handle this problem is the Indoor Cat policy. Keep cats indoors, or in large runs attached to houses. Cats are safer and healthier and so is the wildlife. Cats are NOT a part of nature. They are domestic animals, they are not Bob Cats or Lynx, etc... De-clawed and belled cats are still very able to catch birds. Roaming cats die much younger than cared for loved cats, kept close to home. So many cats are killed by cars. Feral cats die scared, confused and sick, that is not a natural situation.

I don't let my dogs run through my neighbors yard or defecate in their yards, yet all the neighborhood cats wander all over yards and use the world is their toilet.

Cat owners seem only to want pets when is it convenient for them, it is time they took responsibility for what they adopted.

3/27/2008 8:09 PM  
Blogger Bird Advocate said...

A challenge to the feral cat enablers!

Your idealists say you are willing to move your feral cat colonies away from our endangered species? I say confine them indoors then! Everywhere outdoors in America is near endangered native birds, mammals, amphibians, and reptiles, and most birds are migratory to one extent or another. When you abandon one cat outside, knowing it is a destructive domestic animal, you are showing you prefer their "freedom" over the lives of our native fauna!
Another Challenge: Explain how your abandoning destructive domestic animals is not unethical, immoral, and unlawful when they are suffering as well as destroying our ecology and invading others property.

4/05/2009 10:21 PM  

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