How could a cute and cuddly creature be so harmful? Well, the cat’s out of the bag: The most famous personality on the internet—the kitty cat—is the globe’s most vicious killer. A recent study by the UK’s Mammal Society estimates that Tom, Furball, and Fluffy are responsible for killing somewhere in the neighborhood of 275,000,000 animals and birds every year in the UK! But it’s not just Europe…
A 2013 report by scientists from the United States Fish and Wildlife Service and the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute found that both domesticated and feral cats in the USA “kill a median of 2.4 billion birds and 12.3 billion mammals a year, most of them native mammals like shrews, chipmunks and voles rather than introduced pests like the Norway rat.” But it’s not just the USA…
Feral cats have proliferated so much in Australia that the nation has just pledged to kill nearly 2,000,000 cats in an effort to save the animals they prey on. “We just can’t tolerate the damage that they’re doing to our wildlife,” said Gregory Andrews, the threatened species commissioner for Australia’s Department of the Environment. These wild cats in Down Under are killing up to 75,000,000 animals every night!
The only thing to conclude is that the zombie apocalypse is not coming—it’s already here. Who would have guessed they would have come, not as people to chase after people, but as cats to go after animals?! Once the mice, birds, and small mammals die off, a domino effect will likely happen all the way up the food chain and this will bring the entire ecosystem down. With it, the economy and human civilization.
If we want to pass on a planet capable of supporting life for our progeny the only solution is to have the United Nations act now: It’s time to crack down on the global threat of Big Pet! No more giant pet stores making billions off of selling a vicious killing machine as a family pet. This is war.
On a more serious note I do wish that we could connect the dots how unrestricted killing by predators can be—and is—undesirable. This is true not just for cats but for many other predators as well. Illinois just realized this truth with bobcats and opened up a small hunting season on the animal. Hunting is the best way to accomplish predator management because the sportsmen—the one who possesses the skills needed—is also willing to foot the bill, spend the time, and make the effort to do it on his own. How neat is that!
Bottom-line: If man helps keeps the predator population in check there are more prey species to go around. Keep this in mind as you watch my documentary, Crying Wolf.
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