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Petition American Bird Conservancy. Stop your witch hunt against cats! — 36 Comments

    • Yes, it is strange that humans like to battle over their favorite bit of nature when it would be better to leave it entirely alone and stop messing it up.

  1. Signed and shared. I see Woody has changed his name and gender or maybe he has an ignorant mate who espouses the same propaganda all cat haters do.Learn facts/truth before maligning cats.

  2. how sick is MAN? evil. these ppl are moaning about cats killing birds , its nature , i dont like it but it cant be helped. i have 4 cats.they have never brought any birds home, except one cat gets an old ouse or rat. look at the amount of birds killed by wind turbines, jet propellers in a.planes engines etc etc. MAN is the evil one doing the killingof ALL . I hate man

    • If you believe that these man-made (through selective breeding) invasive-species cats are a natural part of the environment and belong out in nature, then why are you bothering to sterilize them?

      Your agreement to sterilize them is your total acceptance that they don’t even belong there in the very first place. Is this beyond your feeble comprehension? Must be. Even your host Michael can’t even figure this one out.

    • And guess which form of human is the most evil of all — those that promote the existence of your cats. For they kill more animals than any other humans alive on the planet. See if you can wrap your brain around that FACT.

      • How come there are more pigeons than cats in every major town and city worldwide?

        Why is the U.K’s hedge sparrow population in rapid deline, yet they rarely encounter cats?

        I do hope our guest bird expert can answer these questions.

    • Bevels this man is so sick I can’t leave comments open on my Greenville Cats Examiner articles I do to help shelter cats and cat rescues across the U.S. I wanted PoC to have this article just so Woody (Molly Troll Mole) would have a place to vent. At least he’s playing nice here. I think he’s learned his comment get rejected when he uses his wonderful potty mouth abilities.

  3. Even in the UK, where you revere your vermin “moggies” almost as much as a sacred-cow and the very birthplace of that TNR lunacy (which isn’t even working), you can legally shoot your cats to death.

    http : / / naturenet . net / law / seasons . htm

    By the way, for every 1 bird killed by ALL other activities of humans combined, 1,000 are killed by the human-activity of cats. And for all other animals, for every 1 killed by ALL other human activities combined, 20,000 are killed by the human-activity of cats. I guess you can’t grasp numbers like “billions” unless it is put in much simpler perspective. (That need is why they invented and frequently use the word “moron”.)

    • I took at the link you provided, but I see no legal permission to shoot cats at will in the U.K.

      Though cats were included within a list of “The following mammals can be controlled by legally approved methods all year round” it did not specifically state that one can shoot feral cats. Legally approved methods of controlling cats within the UK, would mainly refer to licensed TNR programmes.

      You should be aware that the Animal Welfare Act 2006 affords the same legal protection to both domestic and feral cats. If someone shoots a cat, they run the risk of being prosecuted for animal cruelty and if the cat was a pet, you can add criminal damage to the charge sheet.

      • The term “animal cruelty” is when you cause the unduly suffering of an animal. If shooting an animal to death was “animal cruelty” then nobody could hunt any animals in any country. Nor could any farmer or rancher “put down” any animal with a gun for your weekend rural barbeque. Just because you are so pavement-brained that you have psychotically distanced yourself from how you get those meats to your dinner-table, doesn’t mean that killing any animal by humane methods is “animal cruelty”. But then, you will steadfastly hold onto your psychoses. For that is just as limited as you are in your grasp of reality. There’s nothing anyone can do for you to make you comprehend the reality of your world. You are JUST that mentally ill.

        • The only thing anyone needs to know when destroying your vermin free-roaming cats for you is this: a dead cat is a legal cat.

          That’s all anyone needs to know. No matter how that cat is dead, it is legal.

  4. Thank you,Elisa,for writing this article. Finally, someone isn’t afraid to state real facts, not made up ones. Of all the cats I have had over the past 45+ years (over thirty ), I can truthfully say that between them, they may have caught a total of two birds. One of which was a LIVE birthday gift who flew around the house when released by the cat.

    As far as people like Woody are concerned, I spit on them and their hatred of cats.

    • There is almost a conspiracy by the ornithologists to malign the domestic and feral cat. They consistently exaggerate predation by cats on birds while ignoring the biggest killers: people and their constructions.

  5. the woodsman is a dangerous psychopath who not only promotes the killing of cats but has also threatened feral cat caregivers with physical harm. That specific threat, made in the comments section of an article in the Akron Beacon Journa, prompted the editor to track down the woodsman’s IP address.

  6. Signed and shared on Facebook.

    I have bird feeders, hummer feeder, and bird bath. My kitty loves to watch them, but can’t get to them.
    Their activity entertains her, and the birdseed sustains them.

    She hides under a rug to watch them undetected.

    • Can’t wait to hang the hummingbird feeder. A friend at work told me they’ll be back late April or early May. I already have the liquid ready to fill it.

  7. In Mumbai and most parts of India sparrows once common all over the Country are almost becoming extinct.The reason is that they are not victims of predatory birds or cats but the simple fact that “HUMAN LIVING” in India and most importantly large Indian City’s has changed dramatically in the last 2 decades. Skyscrapers dot city skylines and nesting opportunities for sparrows has diminished.Seems that “Cell phone” towers have also played a crucial role in a decrease in the number of sparrows in Mumbai and other parts of India.Naturalists and Ornithologists are trying to reverse the extinction of the common sparrow through the media and hope the same is effective.Cats have been on Planet Earth as long as the birds themselves and to say that cats are a reason for a decrease in bird population in America is a clear case of pointing at a “Scapegoat”.In America and most Developed Country’s stray cats are “KILLED” in shelters and hence unlike India there are no stray cats in the wild or on roads to hunt birds.Most stray cats act as scavengers eating waste in fish markets and roads.I myself once witnessed a rat walking casually a few meters away from a cat in the fish market, a hilarious scene of “Cat & Mouse” friendship!

    • It’s mostly sparrows eating at our feeder. There’s also a large bird who comes and eats alongside them. I really want to find our the species of the sparrow type birds with the red heads. We have more of them than anything else. They eat half a container about every 3 days. That’s 5 pounds of bird seed so I know it’s helping them to feed them.

      • Elisa, they are most likely either purple house finches or red-headed finches, even though they are the shape and size of sparrows.

        • I looked them up Brenda. I think they’re finches too. Finches are in this area. There are 5-6 on the feeder at a time and one or two snacking away at the mealworm suet. I can see why the cats love watching them. Laura says they really show up late evening but I’m usually asleep before work and miss that.

    • Rudolph: Interesting you should mention the declining numbers of house sparrows. We’ve experienced something similar in the UK, with populations dropping by 71% since 1977. This has happened across both rural and urban environments.

      Thankfully the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, do not share the zeal of their American counterparts in scapegoating cats. The RSPB clearly state on their web site that predation by cats is having little impact on birds in the UK, because they tend to catch the sick or weak ones which would have died of natural causes before the next season anyway. It’s us humans with our industrial scale farming, huge housing developments and pollution which have driven birds from their homes and food sources.

      I love birds and want them to thrive, but until the American bird societies admit the true cause of the problems, they will never fix them. It may be convenient to blame cats, but that isn’t really going to save birds from pesticide, disease or starvation.

  8. And before Woody starts in on me, I’d like to say the best gift we ever gave our indoor cats was a bird feeder. I have a setup just outside a window with a very large seed feeder and 3 suet feeders (they LOVE mealworms) and the cats lay 6 deep along the table watching the birds feed. The woods near my home are being cut for timber. I’ll never cut the woods on my property because it’s the only place left for the birds and deer to live in peace. So I’m doing my part to protect birds.

    • I have this exact bird feeder one of 5 we have Elisa the cats love to watch them eat and flutter around from the window. Our biggest predator on this property is HAWKS they kill my doves when they are ground feeding sit in the tree and snatch the birds from the feeders we have made it harder by moving the feeders where the hawks have less opportunity! Oh yea they also killed our squirrels and bunnies too! But they are a BIRD so that’s OK right Woody!!!

      • Jan: I was watching the BBC’s ‘Nature Watch’ programme and they said that bird tables, were like a feeding station for hawks! Fortunately we don’t get any of those where I live.

        I provide seeds and suet pellets in both hanging feeders/trays and on the ground in different spots for the local birds. Mainly it’s sparrows, starlings, wood pigeons and collared doves, but I do have a couple of robins and blackbirds visiting too. For the first time ever, I saw a robin feeding their baby the other day and that was lovely to watch.

        • Get a suet feeder at the Tractor & Supply store and get mealworms to go in it. That seems to be their favorite. I have two of them hanging up. One poor bird was almost upside down trying to get at the last of one meal cake.

    • I’ll have to get with you to find what feeders would be best. I’ve thought about this for years. I know Jane would love it. She goes nuts when the birds fly past the window in the kitchen.

  9. Michael, so sorry I haven’t commented lately. . . I have gotten really behind in my reading of posts. I have been working a lot and haven’t been feeling well during this season change — as a result, I have been sleeping a lot!!

    In any event, I agree that cats are truly not the culprit in the bird problem — as you have mentioned — they have been functioning quite well together for a very long time!!! Humans really are the main culprit in the decline of ANY species!! I have never believed that bullshit! God designed a perfect eco-system, and man has just about ruined all of it. . . all for the almighty $$$. . .WAKE UP WORLD!!!!!!

    • I have seen birds divebomb our family cat. The birds were nesting up high in some old pines. There is no way the cat could get up there. The bluejays would dive bomb the cat, causing him to flip in the air. It got to the point, he would hide.

      He was no threat to the birds. Crickets are a different story.

      • Anne, that is very true. Birds will do that — especially when trying to protect babies. And, of course, there are also birds of prey such as vultures, eagles, etc. that will attack any small animal for food.

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