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ImageSharon
Jun 1, 2011 5:26 PM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
Well, Lance, I guess one could find all kinds of links to promote most any belief or non belief, don't you think?

I can't sit back and quietly allow you to blame cats entirely for the demise of the bird population. I just can't do that.

Have you ever thought of these situations and have you ever considered their impact on the bird population:

*Pesticides and toxic waste: according to the US Fish and Wildlife study, pesticides are responsible for about 1-2 million deaths of birds every year.

*Over a 20 year study, it was determined that glass windows caused the death of several billion birds per year.

*Again according to a study by the US Fish and Wildlife autos and trucks bring about the death of well over 100 million birds, again per year.

*And then there are hunters, another 100+million deaths per year, some accidental, some not.

*And turbines, propellors, those on airplanes and on boats. I watched a duck get tangled in an outboard motor on the lake just a few days ago. The people in the boat had been feeding the duck, they didn't bother to warn it when they started the motor. Parts of the duck surfaced in the wake of the boat.

*There are the migratory birds, those who travel long distances to return to their specified homeland, only to find concrete and pavement and the absence of trees because of human development and disturbances. I really don't think cats took their homeland away from them.

*And even more numbers show that hawks find songbirds to be tasty snacks. Studies show that death of songbirds by hawks are almost double the numbers of those killed by cats.

But you don't have to take my word for it, I'm not a statistician, but I am a believer in two sides to every story. Here is one link that can lead to many others if you choose to venture in other directions:

http://www.straypetadvocacy.org/html/cat_predation.html

I am not refuting what you have written, Lance, I'm just trying to broaden your horizons a little bit. There are cats that prey on songbirds, particularly those songbirds that have been lured to feeders placed in back yards for all the world to see. But mostly cats prefer rodents, and if given the choice, they'll go after a rodent on the ground every single time.

And the accuracy of statistics, well, they are always dependent on the accuracy of those who write them and the point they are trying to make. Don't you think?

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