Fighting for animal liberation and an end to speciesism
Animals in the U.S face a formidable foe, cats, which are one of them but has killed billions of animals already, according to a recent study.
The study was done by the researchers from the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) and the US Fish and Wildlife Service and published in the Nature Communications. Dr. Pete Marra was one of the scientists from SCBI who was actively involved in the study.
The study estimates that cats have killed between 1.4 and 3.7 billion birds and between 6.9 and 20.7 billion mammals annually. The top in the list of killer cats is the stray and feral ones; however, the authors have also noted that pet cats also are into animal killing and urged their owners to be more vigilant to curb this habit.
And when you account the animals killed for study, during environmental manipulation, and plain amusement, the number becomes so vast you have, in comparison, a pair of sunglass lenses made of wool, fitting right over the eyes.
Tim Gier said:
According to the study, cats in the US kill in the range of 8.3 to 24.4 Billion other animals per year. If the study's estimates are accurate, then cats kill as many other animals in the US as humans kill directly for food. Perhaps the first thing advocate for other animals ought to abolish is cats.
I wish there was a "like" button here. I SO agree with Kerry Baker and Roy Gordon about cats' role as species extinctors, as opposed to HUMANS' role. There is just no comparison.
Talk about the pot calling the kettle black. And, yes - can someone PLEASE tell me why humans are never included in the list of species whose numbers must be culled? We are, quite simply, over-running the world. We are actually vermin.
Leave the cats alone, please. Take the beam out of your eye, before you complain about the mote in someone else's.