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.