Saturday, September 1, 2007

The debate over wild bird predation by cats...

The Wall Street Journal Online has an interesting story about a case where an Briavid bird watcher is on trial for animal cruelty after shooting a cat.  These cases pose a dilemma for animal enthusiasts.
While cats, both domestic and feral, undoubtedly are responsible for killing wild birds, including some rare and endangered species (the story mentions the piping plover, previously posted on here) does the impact on birds constitue grounds for euthanizing or killing cats?  For the two sides of the debate, here's a 
link from the American Bird Conservancy.  And a while their website has additional information, there is a brief response to the ABC from Alley Cat Allies available here.  Of course, the best solution would be for people to spay 
and neuter their cats to cut down on the number of homeless and feral cats.

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