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Cuddly kitty is deadlier than you think

Continued study of free-roaming pet cats & feral cats have proven the tremendous impact these animals have upon birds and wildlife. Sadly, the new numbers are higher than previously thought. According to Dr. Peter P. Marra, ornithologist and director of the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center and co-author of “Cat Wars: The Devastating Consequences of a Cuddly Killer” (Princeton University Press, 2016), it is now estimated that 2.4 billion birds are killed by cats every year, and so far cats have caused 63 bird species to become extinct worldwide. “Cats are now implicated in 26 percent of all reptile, bird, and mammal extinctions in this, the sixth mass extinction—also known as the Age of the Anthropocene.” The authors point out that the cat issue is primarily a people problem, and we need to be more educated and aware of what we can do to stop it. For more information, please go to https://abcbirds.org/cat-wars-issues-call-to-action-for-birds/