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I Am FED UP With Murderous Bird Advocates Who Call for Poisoning Feral Cats!

Offbeat  (tags: animals, environment, protection, cats, birds )

- 1877 days ago -
An Audubon Magazine writer's suggestion to poison feral cats with acetaminophen, and the resulting shenanigans, have me seeing red.

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Freya H (357)
Saturday March 30, 2013, 7:30 am
Outrageous! This attitude is based on ignorance and misconceptions. Managed colonies, which are regularly fed, and in which all cats have been altered, do less damage to birds and other wildlife. Also, getting rid of a colony of feral cats creates a vacuum that merely attracts more cats. This writer needs to get in touch with Alley Cat Allies and learn the real solution to protecting birds from hungry feral cats.

Evelyn B (79)
Saturday March 30, 2013, 8:51 am
Noted Tks. Cher... Have to agree with Freya...

. (0)
Saturday March 30, 2013, 9:58 am
A green star to Freya.

Past Member (0)
Saturday March 30, 2013, 10:08 am
Whats wrong with these cat haters If there are that many birds around put a bell on them for goodness sakes
Mine were well fed and were too slow to catch birds most times they could not be bothered

noted thanks Cher

Christeen A (368)
Saturday March 30, 2013, 11:10 am
I love the birds and I love the cats. This is ridiculous.

Nancy M (62)
Saturday March 30, 2013, 11:28 am
Oh my good grief! Someone is not playing with a full deck! I've said it a thousand times before. We are ALL predators from humans on down to microbes that feed on each other! It is the law of nature and trying to eradicate cats is NOT going to do a darn thing even if it COULD be accomplished! This person obviously needs some help! Aren't there laws against this?

Tammy B (9)
Saturday March 30, 2013, 11:34 am

Birgit W (160)
Saturday March 30, 2013, 12:59 pm
That's the way they are! Leave them alone. The biggest predators on Earth are we.

Donna G (42)
Saturday March 30, 2013, 1:06 pm
I would venture to say that cats aren't the cause of bird population declines. I am a board member for an animal rescue group which practices and promotes TNR (Trap Neuter, and Return) for feral cat management. The biggest cause of bird population decline includes loss of habitat, herbacides, and pesticides.

Past Member (0)
Saturday March 30, 2013, 1:21 pm
If I could get away with it I would start murdering all of them! I've done massive research on the topic (as some of you know from my comments elsewhere) and have yet to find any statistics to justify their position. Everything is guesstimates, bad science, and extrapolations based on observing *a number of cats*. None take into account indoor cats, shelter cats, or cats who simply don't kill birds (like mine ~ they've all been raised with birds). And every report I've read has ended with *further studies would be needed to verify.....*

Past Member (0)
Saturday March 30, 2013, 1:22 pm
Oh, yea, my TNR groups now have a better than 80% success rate.

michelle t (41)
Saturday March 30, 2013, 1:35 pm
I adore all animals.It all comes down to being a responsible owner.It should be mandatory to spay and neuter all pets.Cats should be kept indoors at night as no only birds, ie other animals are at risk from them wandering. Wearing a bell on the cats collar is good also.
I am horrified that people would advocate poisoning any animal but yes cat owners must be responsible or don't have a pet.Cats roaming to have a negative impatct on bird numbers.This has been backed up in Australia.Animals can co exist if the pet owners do the right thing and take responsibility.An animals have a right to llive.

Dianne D (490)
Saturday March 30, 2013, 1:43 pm
Most of those making comments should be sitting on the board of the bird avocate groups. I used to financially support and sign partitions for some of these bird groups, but have since abandoned them since they came up with this crazy idea. I unsubscribed from their emails and told them why. They need to go after man and stop picking on the innocent cats.

Susie S. (4)
Saturday March 30, 2013, 1:53 pm
they should worry more about all the insecticides that are used that kill birds!

reft h (66)
Saturday March 30, 2013, 2:30 pm
Irresponsible owners have brought this situation on.

Ruth C (87)
Saturday March 30, 2013, 2:40 pm
I agree June T.

janet f (29)
Saturday March 30, 2013, 3:07 pm
Apparently, the people at Audubon Magazine are all bird brains.

Julie F (68)
Saturday March 30, 2013, 4:22 pm

Past Member (0)
Saturday March 30, 2013, 4:33 pm
These idiots outta educate themselves much better as it's humans who are resposible for all bird extinctions to date!!! Please educate yourself before you start making uneducated accusations...just rubbish. Thx Cher.

Past Member (0)
Saturday March 30, 2013, 6:39 pm
The ironic thing is (if you've read my comments) is that I'm an avid birder and member of Audubon and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology (who don't subscribe to such radicalism).

Lori Udenberg (3)
Saturday March 30, 2013, 7:21 pm
Humans are responsible for more birds disappearing than feral cats ever will irresponsible humans are also reason there are feral cats in the first place.

Angelika R (143)
Saturday March 30, 2013, 7:30 pm
has me seeing red, too! idiots..

Anne K (139)
Saturday March 30, 2013, 7:38 pm
I'm a birder and have worked/volunteered at cat shelters for 13 years. I have TNR'd tom cats, and I currently have 5 rescued cats. I also have 5 bird feeders and 3 bird baths. I have recently written two letters to the National Audubon Society. One was in response to the horrific article suggesting poisoning cats, and the other in response to an email asking for FL residents to urge their representatives to vote against a bill that would protect feral cat colony caretakers. The Audubon Society is claiming that TNR cats spread disease to humans! They suggest that cats have to be vaccinated annually to avoid the spread of disease. I emailed them facts, and asked for them to send me facts supporting their claim. I have not received a reply.

Marie W (67)
Saturday March 30, 2013, 9:07 pm
Audubon Society would do better to promote spay/neuter and keeping cats in. This is making enemies fast.

Lee Hampton (15)
Saturday March 30, 2013, 11:42 pm
It's a real problem, feral cats. There are too many, and they are doing too much damage. Something humane needs to be done to severely lower their population.

Candy L (473)
Sunday March 31, 2013, 2:06 am
We wouldn't have all these ferals, if people that have cats & don't get them fixed. If the move, most likely they will leave there cats behind. When people were losing their jobs or homes, that's when it really got out of control. In the neighborhood where I used to live. I counted over 50 cats of all ages.. I caught most of them & got them fixed.None of the neighbors wanted to help!!!!!

. (0)
Sunday March 31, 2013, 8:16 am
Great article. Thanks for sharing. Cats should not be poisoned.

Gloria picchetti (304)
Sunday March 31, 2013, 8:29 am
I agree 100%. Audubon does wonderful work for bird at the expense of other species. The only time I contributed to them was when I sent $25 to help clean up the Gulf oil spill. I started receiving their beautiful magazine. There was a article in it that supported horse slaughter. They never have and never will receive any of my money.

Carol H (229)
Sunday March 31, 2013, 8:39 am
I find it very disturbing!!

Louise D (44)
Sunday March 31, 2013, 11:40 am
If cats looked like frogs we'd realize what nasty, cruel little bastards they are. Style. That's what people remember. The Bird advocates tend to forget that cats control vermin and there and people are more likely to kill birds, but then they forget that sort of thing, when all the world seems in tune on a spring afternoon, When they're poisoning pigeons in the park.Every Sunday you'll see them, as they poison the pigeons in the park. When they see them coming, the birdies all try an' hide, But they still go for peanuts when coated with cyanide. The sun's shining bright, Everything seems all right, When they're poisoning pigeons in the park.
They've gained notoriety, and caused much anxiety In the Audubon Society with their games.
They call it impiety, and lack of propriety,and quite a variety of unpleasant names.. But it's not against any religion to want to dispose of a pigeon. So if Sunday you're free, why don't you come and see, as they poison the pigeons in the park. and maybe they'll do in a squirrel or two, while they're poisoning pigeons in the park. They''ll murder them all amid laughter and merriment. Except for the few they take home to experiment. Their pulses will be quickening with each drop of strychnine they feed to a pigeon.
It just takes a smidgen! To poison a pigeon in the park.

Julie E (405)
Sunday March 31, 2013, 11:46 am
"It's a felony in all 50 states and the District of Columbia to kill outdoor cats".

Research testing on animals: acetaminophen - This OTC medication is given to babies and to people of all ages yet it will kill cats. SCARY! Another reason not to test on animals.

Malgorzata Zmuda (198)
Sunday March 31, 2013, 11:55 am
Chciałabym, aby tak kończyły się wszystkie historie psów i kotów ze schronisk dla zwierząt.

Roseann d (178)
Sunday March 31, 2013, 11:58 am
No scape-cats....I wonder how many of these poisoning advocates smack birds with their cars on a daily basis....and let's give the same scrutiny to airplanes, pesticide and herbicide manufacturers, GMOs, pollution, global warming, the federal wildlife services that kills 4 million wild animals (including birds) annually??? Let's go for the BIG PICTURE, and not blame cats obeying their natural instincts.

Malgorzata Zmuda (198)
Sunday March 31, 2013, 12:00 pm
Gdyby ludzie odpowiednio opiekowali się kotami nie dochodziło by do takich sytuacji. Poprzedni wpis dotyczył adoptowanego psa Bruna, nie wiem dlaczego został tu umieszczony.

Karen B (8)
Sunday March 31, 2013, 12:17 pm
Most house cats also kill birds, as ferals do.!!!! More than likely some birds are sick and weak, and that s how they get caught.!!!! THEIR HUNTING, IS LIKE THEIR SHARPENING OF THEIR CLAWS, INSTINCTS.!!!!!!

Svetlana B (20)
Sunday March 31, 2013, 3:22 pm

. (0)
Monday April 1, 2013, 2:31 pm
These people are lunatics who simply hate cats and use birds as an excuse.

Janis B (7)
Tuesday April 2, 2013, 11:17 am
There should be no house cats outside, if their owners care enough for them. As to feral cats they would have little impact if the other cats were inside. We have house cats who enjoy watching the outside events but don't participate, they spend their time chasing balls and bells round the kitchen and hall way. They have a climbing frame which they enjoy at the grand old age of 17 too. Bells on their collars also make it too hard for them to approach birds outside should they get out. It is a win win situation.

Janis B (7)
Tuesday April 2, 2013, 11:24 am
A million birds die as a result of companies leaving the skyscraper lights on each year here in Toronto. There are lots of requests for them to just leave on the stairwell light and people working to use just their desk lights but no money is more important than birds so why blame feral cats when people do far more damage.

Debbie Crowe (87)
Thursday May 2, 2013, 4:00 am
People like Ted Williams do make me see RED! His 'scientific research' wasn't very truthful. I think he stopped looking when he found what he wanted to say. He is WRONG!
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