Recent articles presenting cats as killers are not good news for cats and those who care about them… Ingrid K. states that is faulty science -and I agree- as she posted in her blog: “For the past week, the mainstream press has widely reported on a paper in which professional wildlife biologists associated with the Smithsonian Institution and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service claim that domesticated cats kill as many as 3.7 billion birds and more than 15 billion small mammals each year in the United States. The authors of the paper tried to assess the behavior of “owned” and “un-owned” cats, which would include feral, free roaming and indoor/outdoor cats.” –full post–
Eventhough cats are magnificent predators and through the years I have had proof of that, the abovementioned article seems biased and can be misunderstood easily. Cats are so commonly object of human agression… I have seen it also, -a lot- and this kind of article encourages those who think there have a right to do so.
As Ingrid also says in her post, what has to be encouraged is more education in how to handle domestic and feral cats, and more support for people trying to help the feline population.
Not good at all, and it is a pity that such a respectable institution as the Smithsonian is related to this.