(Apologies for the mess of this post- the text and links did not post correctly by email and my WordPress app does not allow much cutting and pasting:-/ am leaving it up because the info is important but may have to make a new post to correct the problems.
The links below this list correspond to the titles in the list in order)
Biology and Behavior of the Cat
Federal Laws that Protect Bird Species
Setting the Record Straight
The Human Threat
Climate Change Impacts on Bird Species
North American Birds Declining as Threats Mount
Save the Birds
Cats have lived outdoors as part of the natural landscape for more than 10,000 years. In recent years, some people have misguidedly blamed cats for declining bird populations, but it isn’t the relationship between cats and birds that has changed—it’s the relationship between humans and the environment. Condemning cats is nothing more than a dangerous distraction from the real threat—human impact.
America’s rapid population growth—and faster use of resources—has already had an astounding impact on wildlife habitats. Dozens of ecosystem types have already declined drastically as a direct result of humans. Most species who call these ecosystems home are not adaptable to the human landscapes left for them. Human threats like habitat destruction, wind turbines, and pesticide use are only some of the human pressures on bird populations, and they will only increase if we continue shifting the blame to cats.
It’s not cats vs. birds. It’s birds vs. humans and cats vs. shelters. To learn the truth about cats visit Common Sense For Cats.
Blaming cats won’t save the birds. If we want to change the statistics, we have to change our actions.