Study: Kitties kill 500 million birds, should be regulated
“Pet kitties and their wild feral relatives kill a shocking 500 million birds and over 3 billion other animals according to new studies, prompting a leading Washington-based bird protection group to demand that local governments order their dog catchers to snag cats too.
“One disturbing new study is based on evidence from “KittyCams” strapped on to 60 outdoor pet cats in Athens, Ga. The results: They each averaged 2.1 “kills” a week. Just 13 percent were birds, the rest voles, lizards, chipmunks, frogs and small snakes.
“Based on the joint University of Georgia-National Geographic study of pet cats and another of feral cats from the University of Nebraska, the American Bird Conservancy said over 4 billion birds and animals are killed yearly by the felines, four-times the previous estimate. The group blames the extinction of some birds on the killer cats. “Cat predation is one of the reasons why one in three American bird species are in decline,” said George Fenwick of the conservancy.”
Plus, what about kitty litter pollution? Toxoplasmosis?
Yep, everyone should just get a dog.