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Newspaper Misleads on Cat Predation of Birds — 10 Comments

  1. Michael you should write to them – it seems like you have uncovered a genuine mistake regardless of whether the study is right or wrong. The Times is the sort of paper that would admit a mistake I believe – or at least I thought so until they started behaving like CNN.

      • lol to much information Michael or do you have you best thoughts on the loo? lol
        Yes this calls for all UK troops to write to the Times and educate those ignorant journalists!

          • 🙂 – and seriously though – they like facts and references – if you send them the paragraph containing the bit they mis interpreted to mean birds rather than ‘all prey’ they might well take it seriously.

            Having said that the damage has already been done sadly. It’s been in the paper and been read. Even if they published your letter it would not necessarily make it to the right people. However, nonetheless I think you should do it because it’s a technicality and they are clearly wrong. Not for the sake of this instance, but for the sake of it not happening again as such.

          • In my mind, the “study” is one that should have been disregarded long ago as garbage in the scientific fields. The resesrch should never have been published. [Elisa and VG, take a look into this, would you?]

            Anyway, here is a link that I think you all might like:

            http://www.nytimes.com/2007/06/29/science/29cat.html?_r=0

            My cats and I respect birds in the garden. The wildcats, as you all know, have a need to predate to hunt as that is dominant in their traits. I happen to know a certain Horticulture prof, who would take us on field trips to identify trees in the dead of winter. He encouraged the young males in our group to throw ice clods at the semi-feral cats on east campus UNL. I would sprint to the front and stop the stupidity/ignorance immediately. They didn’t seem to get it. He – my prof- had a hatred for his neighbor’s cat, as I soon gathered.

            We all love birds and most of us keep birdbaths and feeders in our gardens/yards, but this man did not understand that they could all coexist. 🙁

            • Wow Caroline your teacher sounds like just the kind of guy that I can’t stand. It’s never ok to ‘hurt’ any animal, ever, unless you are in self defence and there is no other way out than hurting for the sake of it.

              I’d love to have given your professor a piece of my mind – but I’d love to corner him with questions more than anything. Being a teacher I’m sure he would bite and keep answering until he was well and truly cornered. He would become cornered because he wrong to encourage people to hurt animals, Especially the ones who have previously been abandoned and are trying to survive the cold winters without anybody to help them. Very nasty. So he was a cat hater with influence over people which is just horrible.

              • Yes, you are so right. I haven’t been back to visit him, although I mean to, when I can get my pals from The Cat House to accompany me for moral support. I’m just biding my time. He just earned his doctorate not so long ago, and I am prepping my “stealth mode” 😉 to better confront him in a non-confrontational way (which, blv you me, I’m not very good at). I’m learning…

                Thanks for the support for our colonies of sweet, innocent, lovely cats.

                Hope you have a satisfying day at work today. We all look forward to hearing from you later today! 🙂

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