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  1. Thanks for this Michael.

    I’ll try to delve more into this.

    re:
    ~~Also his purported connection with the Audubon Society – quite an influential group – has been broken; if it ever existed. Mr Williams was described (by himself?) in his article as being “editor-at-large for Audubon magazine”. He is now described as “independent column[ist] for Audubon magazine.”~~

    well damn good thing.

    I read his piece you linked. He cited a lot of observations as if they were “fact”, scientifically verified. I don’t think it’s appropriate to write something like this as an editorial/ opinion, with so much seeming “science”, without verification. Being a scientist, I want evidence cited chapter and verse. But, that wouldn’t have worked as a lazy Sentinel column.

    I particularly question his statement:
    “Free-ranging cats have driven at least 33 bird species to extinction.”

    That sounds like a lot of nonsense to me. Cats have done this? All on their own? There are multiple and interacting reasons species go extinct, and I very much doubt that there is any single case where cats are responsible. Just my instinct as a scientist.

    I’d like to see some hard evidence that this is the case, such as something published in a referred scientific journal. I’ll go look, just in case there is such evidence.

  2. I’m glad Ted Williams is in trouble over his snide and cruel remarks, it makes me very angry that people like him try to influence the thoughts of others. Just because he hates cats and wants them dead he thinks everyone else should feel the same way.
    Writers can cause panic, bad feeling, even hatred and they have no right to do so.
    You are right Michael, people should do their own research, not just believe all the rubbish that any biased person like Williams writes.

  3. People read the word ‘estimate’ and think it means something exact and real – especially when written by a person with a degree. Why should it matter – having a degree is like going to the toilet these days – everybody has done one 🙂 – so the danger lies in the middle ground of people who are easily swayed without giving much thought. It really does look like most cat haters don’t even know how to keep cat numbers down. That really makes them look uncontrollably stupid. If they wanted the numbers down for real they would have worked out how best to do that but they haven’t – and that makes it very hard to take them seriously. They would gladly waste even more money killing cats (100 bucks a cat not including getting them in front of the syringe) – they clearly are stupid *ss h*l*es who don’t even want to know how to solve their own damn problem. It doesn’t get more ridiculous.

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