September 9, 2012
The anti-cat American Bird Conservancy's George Fenwick will bring their 17 year-old anti-cat campaign to ABC's 20/20 tonight. Kerrie Anne Lloyd, who began a pilot project with National Geographic to find out what effect cats have on the environment, will have a researcher on the show as well.
Lloyd used 'kitty cams' to follow 55 pet cats in suburban Athens, Georgia. 'The most surprising thing found is that the majority of the house cats weren't hunters,' said Dr. Lloyd. Only 44 percent of the cats in the study stalked, chased or killed other animals during the day. Among the cats who did hunt, the most popular prey was also surprising. 'The birds were a minority of the prey items,' Dr. Lloyd said. The cats most commonly caught reptiles, something that other studies had missed because the cats either ate the reptiles or left them behind at the kill site.
Lloyd said they studied pet cats and not stray or feral cats. She also said she did not want to extrapolate wildlife captures beyond the study. But that is exactly what American Bird Conservancy (ABC) did immediately with a press release slamming cats.
Always quick to continue their 17-year old witch-hunt on cats, ABC had this to say about the study: 'If we extrapolate the results of this study across the country and include feral cats, we find that cats are likely killing more than 4 billion animals per year, including at least 500 million birds. Cat predation is one of the reasons why one in three American bird species are in decline,' said Dr. George Fenwick, President of ABC.
Our feral cats (our beloved domestic cats gone wild) need your help and support. If you can help us spread the word that the numbers these groups use are exaggerated, we can get the message out that ABC is grasping at straws and misconstruing research. Lloyd even told CBS News that 'Cats aren't as bad as biologists thought.'
If ABC and their "alliance" wins and tries to remove aka "kill"
every feral cat we will be back in the dark ages. Cats keep rodent
populations in check. Right now a child in Colorado is fighting the bubonic
plague, which wiped out millions of people in the Middle Ages. The plague
was caused by out-of-control rodent populations, when cats were killed and
nearly wiped out during the original witch hunts. Every time cats have been
removed from islands, the rats took over, bred out-of-control and damaged
the very birds they were trying to save.
Please contact ABC News and 20/20 and let them know that ABC (American Bird Conservancy) has an anti-cat agenda, despite repeated research showing they exaggerate the numbers of birds killed by cats, and that many other factors that do kill large numbers of birds are not given nearly as much attention.