Originally Posted by keith p
Like I said it has its pro's and con's, I guess im in the middle I want neither cat nor bird to die. The article was very interesting though.
Below is except from Stray Cat Advocacy site:
Glass Windows. Bird Deaths a year: 100 to 900+ million - Dr. Daniel Klem of MuhlenbergCollege has done studies over a period of 20 years, looking at bird collisions with windows. His conclusion: glass kills more birds than any other human related factor.
Hunting. Bird Deaths a year: 100 + million - According to the U.S. Fish and Wildife Service, more than 100 million ducks, geese, swans, doves, shorebirds, rails, cranes, among others are harvested legally each year.
House Cats: 100 million - (though we take issue with the studies that provide this conclusion. Please see our article â€œFeral Cat Predation Examined,â€ by Christine Oâ€™Keefe, PhD, above).
Automobiles & Trucks. Bird Deaths a year: 50 to 100 Million - Scientists estimate the number of birds killed by cars and trucks on the nation's highways to be 50 to 100 million a year. Those statistics were cited in reports published by the National Institute for Urban Wildlife and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Electric Transmission Lines. Bird Deaths a year:up to 174 million - Estimates made by the U.S. Fish and Wildife Service demonstrate millions of birds die each year as a result of colliding with transmission lines.
Agriculture (Pesticides). Bird Deaths a year: 67 million - Pesticides likely poison an estimated 67 million birds per year according to the Smithsonian Institution. Cutting hay may kill up to a million more birds a year.
CommunicationTowers. Bird Deaths a year: 4 to 10 million - U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service estimates that bird collisions with tall, lighted communications towers, and their guy wires result in 4 to 10 million bird deaths a year.
Oil and Gas Extraction. Bird Deaths a year: 1 to 2 million - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service reports that up to 2 million birds died landing in oil pits to bathe and drink in 1997. Fish and Wildlife says netting has improved that situation somewhat. There are no overall estimates for the number of birds affected by oil and gas spills, and oil and gas extractions (and transport.)
If you have trouble with the above link, please copy and paste this web address directly into your browser: http://www.currykerlinger.com/birds.htm
I am a huge advocate that domesticated cats be indoors or if they are to be indoors/outdoors that they either be taken outdoors on a leash or provided an outdoor enclosure. I believe we are making great strides in that area.