In a town at the center of England, Tamworth, cats represent over 50% of all animals killed on the roads.
I would argue that this is quite possibly typical of many towns in the UK. The Tamworth Herald requested information from the Tamorth Borough Council about the number of times they were called out to deal with roadkill and to provide a breakdown of the animals killed. The results are interesting and frankly sad.
Between Oct 2015 and Oct 2016 there were 35 recorded roadkill incidents. The breakdown is as follows:
- 18 cats
- 4 foxes
- 4 birds (3 pigeons and 1 swan)
- 3 badgers
- 3 rodents
- 1 squirrel
- 1 hedgehog
- 1 rabbit
The obvious conclusion is that the British are far to laissez-faire when it comes to letting their cats roam free. I have said this before. These statistics support me.
As Britain becomes more and more crowded and as roads become more and more clogged with traffic, the number of cats killed on roads with inevitably increase. I think it is time for a rethink. There is no absolute, unwritten rule which says that all domestic cats should be free-roaming. Sometimes it seems that think there is such a rule.
Many British cat owners don’t exercise their discretion on whether it is safe to let a cat out. They don’t assess the alternative options. It is time they did.
The photo shows how insensitive and crude many people are. Frequently these sorts of people are cat haters too. There is a high attrition rate for foxes too. We often dead foxes on the side of roads. It is painful to see. Cats, I believe, tend to race on into undergrowth to die so we see far fewer cat roadkills.