Posted: 30/07/2015 at 17:16
Domestic cats are lethal hunters, killing at least 275 million other animals a year in Britain, a report showed today.
With an estimated nine million pet cats in this country, the haul amounted to 200 million mammals, 55 million birds and 10 million reptiles and amphibians.
A new study from the government of Canada has found that domestic cats, both feral and owned, are the leading lethal threat to birds in the country, killing an estimated 200 million birds a year.
Sadly, any caught prey is not killed immediately, as cats have the cruel habit of treating them as playthings.
A recent study out of Great Britain reports similar concerns. Cats are increasingly earning themselves a reputation as wildlife killers, with estimates of animals killed every year by domestic cats in the UK numbering into the millions. This new study on the attitudes of cat owners suggests that proposals to keep cats indoors in order to preserve wildlife would not be well received. Feral cats and household pets are not a natural part of our ecosystem; humans introduced them, and some are maintained in the wild by well-meaning people. However, cats of any kind allowed to run free will capture and kill for food or sport. Scientific studies have stated that in less than 40 years we will no longer enjoy songbirds in our backyards.
..... and, of course:
Researchers studied cats in two U.K villages to determine the attitude of cat owners to their pet’s predatory habits. They found that irrespective of prey numbers brought home by their cat, owners did not believe cats are harmful to wildlife.
In the U.K, there are over ten million domestic cats spread across 23% of households. The Mammal Society estimates 275 million prey items are caught each year and 55 million of those are birds.
... so I have an alternative suggestion: anyone who wants a cat can move into the tower-block, and allow their cat to roam, scratch, piss and shit all over the corridors and stairwells of the tower-block, and the rest of us, who'd like to share the world with nightingales, skylarks, wrens, goldcrests, tree sparrows, house sparrows, hedge sparrows, dippers, blue tits, great tits, long-tailed tits, coal tits, greenfinches, goldfinches, chaffinches, bullfinches, crossbills, mistle thrushes, blackbirds, forest dormice and newts, rather than toxoplasmosis and fleas, can have the rest of the island.