I believe that this display is in a Dutch museum: the Natural History Museum Rotterdam. It is unpleasant. It also over-simplifies the issues of domestic cat predation and as a result misleads. All-in-all not a clever display.
The creators of this display probably had the intention of summarising the predation of birds by domestic cats. It is meant to tell a story. There are 34 birds in the glass cabinet. This represents each individual cat killing 34 birds per year. So, it is an anti-cat display. There is also a fish in a jar of formaldeyde (a pickled fish) as far as I can tell.
As I have said countless times before the number of birds killed by domestic and feral cats annually is an estimate. Often made by ornithologists or cat haters. We don’t know the true figure because we don’t know how many feral cats there are. All the figures are estimates. Therefore don’t present the numbers as fact which is what this horrible display intends to do.
Secondly, humans either directly (e.g. buildings) or indirectly (e.g. climate change, shooting and habitat loss) kill far more birds per year than cats. Why not stuff a man and put him in a glass cabinet with a thousand dead birds? That would be more accurate.
Thirdly, it is indecent to stuff a tabby cat and present it in a display for pubic consumption. For all I know the cat might have been someone’s pet. I bet the museum does not address that possibility. And the birds are stuffed too. Where did they come from?
I see why they did it but it is a bad idea. The museum gets 44,000 visits per year. Not a great number. I can’t recommend the place.
A man, Jack Ashby tweeted the picture saying it was a great way of displaying the impact of domestic cats on nature but he does not realise that the numbers are not necessarily accurate and are probably inaccurate and he is ignoring human behaviour which includes the fact that humans domesticated the cat in the first place. Humans created the feral cat. However you look at it the root cause of bird predation by domestic and feral cats is human behaviour. Message to the Natural History Museum Rotterdam: tell the story of human behaviour, please, as it is far more important.
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