The full title of the book published by Princeton University Press is: Cat Wars: The Devastating Consequences of a Cuddly Killer. The authors are Dr Peter P Marra, head of the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center, and Chris Santella, a freelance writer who was probably employed to make sure the grammar was okay because poor old Peter needs some help on it.
On pages 152-153 it states:
“From a conservation ecology perspective, the most desirable solution seems clear—remove all free-ranging cats from the landscape by any means necessary.”
and on page 170:
“There is little question that free-ranging cats—both the unowned and the owned pets allowed to roam freely outside—pose a pending ecological and public-health disaster.”
The authors do admit that humans are also to blame for threats to conservation of wildlife and birds. At least they admit that. But Dr Marra’s brutally biased final solution to bird conservation is to exterminate all free-ranging cats which must include all outside cats both domestic, stray and feral in any country.
We should not be surprised because this is not the first time Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center has been involved in attacking the cat in this way. Dr Ross did it not so long ago. Perhaps he is a colleague of Dr Marra.
On Amazon.com where it can be purchased, it gets a 1.5 out of 5 rating. This is exceptionally poor as 92% of the reviewers gave one star and 8% gave five stars. Here is some extracts from comments on Amazon:
“This is a person blaming a problem that people have created on an animal. I know cat lovers are going to bomb this book to bomb this book but there really are some serious errors here. For one thing, people make decisions, animals do not. Feral populations are almost always created by humans (Think Australia and rabbits) and it makes zero sense to blame these issues on the animals themselves…. — Spenser Calderin
“It’s difficult for me to figure out why Princeton University Press would publish this sensationalist, one-sided book, not because it calls for a repulsive and outright war on cats, but rather because it lacks the scientific rigor that characterizes numerous other books they’ve published. Cat Wars calls for a massive assault on all free-ranging cats. After superficially and very selectively reviewing information on a variety of topics (you can see their Table of Contents on this Amazon page), the authors heartlessly conclude: “From a conservation ecology perspective, the most desirable solution seems clear—remove all free-ranging cats from the landscape by any means necessary.” — Marc Berkoff
There are many more negative reviews, which indicates that the vast majority of people find it very distasteful that a so called scientist who should be objective and scientific in his arguments demonstrates bind biased to conclude that mass killing of outdoor cats by any means is the answer to bird conservation.
The Amazon reviews also tell us that there is a substantial body of people who do want to kill all outside cats. However, they are in the minority by a large percentage because most people are sensible and sensitive enough to realise that humans are to blame for feral cats and to kill them is to kill an innocent victim of human behaviour. The cats are behaving naturally. They are doing nothing wrong. It’s the people who are at fault. This demands an humane approach. Nothing less is morally wrong.
There is no doubt in my mind that Dr Marra set out to attack the cat and then selected any study he could lay his hands on to support his arguments. Most of these studies are themselves biased and incomplete. Or they guess the impact of cats on birds. There is a war out there but it is not cat wars it is people wars: the war between cat haters who are bird lovers and the rest of us who see through the unethical proposals of those advocating mass cat killing, which is impractical and ineffective anyway.
I could go on for hours but I’d be repeating myself. Please use the search box at the top of the page to find more articles on this subject. There are many. Australia is the number one advocate of mass killing of cats by any means.
Don’t buy this ugly book, please. Just go to Amazon and slag it off as vociferously as you can.