Are we running low on birds or something?
For cats who are hunting outside, both domestic and feral — a number estimated at more than 100 million in the U.S. — the researchers estimated predation of between 1.4 billion and 3.7 billion birds a year.
Let’s be clear – we’re not talking about endangered pandas. When they say “mammal,” they mean small mammal. Rodent, usually, I’ll bet.
Fifteen billion fewer rodents. I’m having a little trouble seeing the problem, here.
Okay, so, song birds. Fine. I get it. They’re pretty. But is there some kind of shortage? Are we running low?
More importantly: what would another few billion small birds and all their offspring – and fifteen billion rodents and all their offspring – do to the environment? Doesn’t anybody care about that?
The Humane Society of the United States issued a statement Wednesday reminding cat owners to spay and neuter their pets and keep them indoors.
I suppose they just don’t want to seem like all those .223 rounds might have some legitimate purpose.