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Basics - Give Birds a Break. Lock Up the Cat. - NYTimes.Com


Environment  (tags: cats, birds, wildlife, responsibility, animals, pets, endangered )

Jennifer
- 3187 days ago - nytimes.com
"People fool themselves into believing that by simply putting a bell on a cat they could prevent mortality to birds," Mr. Schroeder said. "But a bell ringing means nothing to a bird." (photo: http://tinyurl.com/yc6zfwc)



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IE Ries (237)
Tuesday September 29, 2009, 8:11 am
This is all absolutely and unfortunately true.

There's nothing "natural" about cats roaming around as they aren't a native species except in Africa (African Wild Cat) where sadly, they are dwindling in numbers. Everywhere else, "cats" are non-native, invasive species that humans irresponsibly allow to outside to exterminate native wildlife.

It's estimated that "housecats" are responsible for over one MILLION bird deaths each year in the USA, and that's ONLY birds...they also kill reptiles, rodents and insects.

According to the City of Richmond (Virginia) Animal Control Department, cats are the number one rabies vector in populated areas - not wild animals.

If you love your cat, keep the cat indoors to keep the cat from killing wildlife and from being injured or killed by other cats, dogs, and car strikes. Being irresponsible and stubborn, believing you are "being nice" to your cat by letting her/him outside isn't being nice, it's contributing to loss of native wildlife, the proliferation of feline diseases, spreading rabies, and risking possible injury to your cat. No, you don't "know it all better," and cats killing other native species isn't acceptable.

Read more here:

American Bird Conservancy:

http://www.abcbirds.org/abcprograms/policy/cats/index.html

The Humane Society of the United States:

http://www.hsus.org/pets/pet_care/cat_care/keep_your_cat_safe_at_home_hsuss_safe_cats_campaign/

National Audubon Society:

http://www.audubon.org/bird/cat/

The Charleston Gazette:

http://wvgazette.com/Outdoors/ScottShalaway/200907250193

 
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