“…“Of particular interest,” notes the media release, “bird kills constituted about 13 percent of the total wildlife kills.” Thirteen percent of how many? As the Athens Banner-Herald reported in April, “just five of the cats’ 39 successful hunts involved birds.”  That’s right: five. Fifty-five cats, 2,000 hours of video—and just five birds….”
Ailurophobia is the irrational fear of cats. It is promoted by bird-watching bigots who hate cats and want them eradicated to save the vile little birdies.
From the beginning of time, ignorant wretches attribute evil to cats. In Europe, France in particular there would be times of wholesale slaughter of cats. Evidently, the civilized world is facing that horrible possibility, once again, this time forced upon us by bird watchers.
“…My colleague Tom Maugh reported Tuesday on a study by University of Georgia researchers. Seems that biologist Kerrie Anne Lloyd and her team recruited 60 cat owners in Athens, Ga., who attached tiny cameras to their pets’ collars every morning when the animals were let out. After seven to 10 days, here’s what the cameras revealed:
The team found that about 30% of the cats killed prey, an average of two animals per week. The cats brought home nearly a quarter of the animals they killed, ate 30% and left 49% to rot where they died. About 41% of the prey were lizards, snakes and frogs; mammals such as chipmunks and voles accounted for 25%; and birds only 12%….”
The Pink Flamingo was shocked, the other day, to see where some militant bird watcher wants to gradually eliminate cats off the face of New Zealand. It will be better for the bird population. Sorry, but The Pink Flamingo as a phobia about birds. I am well aware they evolved from dinosaurs, and basically continue the species. It is the only reason I tolerate them. If it were up to moi, birds could go the way of the dodo.
I find hate-speech and bigotry against cats to be offensive, even when “scientific”.
“...What’s not disputed is that cats are abundant in the U.S. and many of them hunt birds, as well as lizards and rodents, even if they’re not hungry. For bird conservationists, that’s enough to justify local ordinances banning outdoor cats, given that so many bird species are struggling to survive.
But cats are unlike other invasive species, as any trip around the Internet will attest. While the public may warm to the idea of keeping pets indoors, there’s no pretty way to rid the nation of feral cats. ABC suggests that cat advocates build enclosed sanctuaries for feral cats, but in the absence of such efforts, “we do think euthanasia is a responsible option,” Holmer said.
To cat advocates, rounding up and killing feral cats for the sake of conservation is extreme and unnecessary. “If what you’re proposing is a mass eradication by the tens of millions of this country’s favorite companion animal, you better bring some evidence to the table,” said Peter Wolf, author of the blog Vox Felina and a design professor at Arizona State University. “I’m not seeing that.”
Cat advocates want conservationists to show not only that cats are killing birds, including threatened ones, but also that they’re taking enough of them to cause long-term and wide-scale change in bird populations. “There’s a difference between mortality—the death of individual birds—and impact—a change in the population from year to year,” said Allison Grasheim of Alley Cat Allies. Many bird species, it appears, can handle massive losses. In a controversial September 2011 PLoS ONE study, biologists at the University of Minnesota found no obvious correlation between the population trends of bird species and deaths by collisions with communication towers and windows – an even bigger source of bird mortality than cats.
Such a high standard of proof frustrates some researchers and advocates. “We see no justification for valuing birds and other wildlife only as populations, while valuing cats as individuals,” argued UCLA ecologist Travis Longcore and his colleagues in a 2009 Conservation Biology essay. “People who notice and care about birds are just as attuned to the loss of an individual bird in a backyard, or the decline of local populations of birds, as are feral cat advocates to the loss of individual feral cats.”…”
The Pink Flamingo does not approve of catch, spay/neuter and release to eventually eradicate local feral cat populations. Until I saw the effects on the local feral cat population, I was all for the process. Not one single cat that was spayed/neutered has survived. Every last one of them is dead. I’ve been feeding and rescuing local feral cats since September of 2000. I don’t understand what happens, but it is lethal. They cats have not survived.
Feral cats limit mice. In desert areas, it is essential to keep the mouse population in check. If not, the diseases they spread are deadly, for humans. Something like 80% of bird freaks want something done to control the cat population to protect the little birdies.
In New Zealand, the bigoted anti-cat campaigner, Gareth Morgan is losing.
Perhaps the problem is the American Bird Conservancy. Maybe the group who needs to be spayed and neutered, to insure that no innocent cats are destroyed are the members of the American Bird Conservancy!
This post was written with the assistance of Doc Holiday, who finds the entire topic extremely upsetting. She was so upset that she found it very difficult to take a cat nap.
“...”It is undeniable that cats do prey on birds, and that in some cases this predation can have negative impacts on native bird populations,” Kornreich said in a statement. “It is important to point out, however, that some studies have shown that birds are much more adaptable to predation than initially thought, and that, in fact, in some cases feline predation may impart a survival advantage to native bird populations by controlling rodent or other potential predator populations, for example.”
Both Temple and Johns rejected the notion that removing cats could have a negative impact on birds and said such fears shouldn’t hold back efforts to curb cat predation…”
I get tired of anti-cat bigots and their impurrfect lies.
• “The Interior Department’s 2009 State of the Birds report concluded that domestic and feral cats annually kill ‘hundreds of millions of birds,’ one reason why a third of the 800 bird species in the USA are endangered, threatened or in significant decline.” 
In fact, this report does nothing more than imply a causal link between predation by cats and declining bird species—providing nothing in the way of evidence. As I pointed out earlier this year, even very high levels of mortality do not necessarily lead to population-level impacts. In a study published late last year, for example, conservation biologists Todd Arnold and Robert Zink found that, “although millions of North American birds are killed annually by collisions with manmade structures, this source of mortality has no discernible effect on populations.” 
• “Smithsonian scientist [Peter] Marra says feral cats are ‘a major threat to birds,’ responsible for the extinction of 30–35 island bird species around the globe.” 
Well, at least Marra acknowledged the context here: islands—which is more than we can say of Fenwick & Co. On the other hand, the figure typically cited is exactly 33. But what’s a couple extinctions either when the claim simply isn’t true. As I revealed in an August 2011 post, only eight of the 33 “extinctions” were attributed to cats exclusively; and of those, just two species are actually extinct.
• “Teresa Chagrin, PETA’s animal care and control specialist, says that ‘it is mystifying that anybody would say that a painless, quick end is cruelty when the other option is slow, lingering, painful, horrible deaths by cruelty from people, from attacks by dogs, or being hit by a car, or dying slowly of disease or… gangrene in a ditch somewhere.’” 
I was under the impression that PETA was opposed to zoos, but maybe not. After all, Chagrin’s argument can easily be applied to any animal living outdoors (including all those birds, of course, some of which are “dying slowly” of West Nile Virus). What’s truly “mystifying” here is Chagrin’s bottom line: the most responsible—indeed, if we really take the E in PETA seriously, ethical—way to prevent (potential) suffering is with preemptive, wholesale killing.
• “Those opposing TNR got boosts from two recent scientific studies, one concluding that even house cats let outdoors were prolific killers, the other calling feral cats a public health threat and more likely than dogs to carry rabies.” 
“Prolific killers”? Kerrie Anne Loyd, whose PhD work Raasch is referring to, told CBS Atlanta in April: “Cats aren’t as bad as biologists thought.”  I’m surprised he didn’t link back to his paper’s reinterpretation of ABC’s misrepresentation of the study.
And the study about cats being a public health threat? I’m still working on that post (which was supposed to be this post). For now, let’s just consider (again) rabies.
Of the 49 rabies cases reported in humans since 1995, 10 were the result of dog bites that occurred outside of the U.S.; the remainder were traced either to wildlife or were of unknown origins.  Since 1960, only two cases of human rabies have been attributed to cats. “…”
Here in New Mexico, cat haters are using the rabies excuse to murder innocent cats. Someone on the HOA where I live wanted to use the lies told by bird lovers here NM to eradicate all of our feral cats. The Pink Flamingo Kitties have a wonderful vet who provided information that there were several rabid skunks in the area, but no rabid cats.
Anyone who would want to eradicate a cat would do anything!
The Pink Flamingo wishes to inform her readers that no cats were harmed in the embarrassing photos taken during 2012. Cats featured are Bubbles Silverman – calico, on her back, stoned from C-nip; B(r)at Masterson – white with gray – stoned from C-nip; Madam – hiding in tree; Hoss Cartwright – red tabby; Doc Holiday is playing in a birthday bag. The kitten is 1 year old Precious Little Baby Kitten – Baby. Her Gotya day is March 2. In a six month period, she accumulated a $1100 tab in damages to broken antique glass-ware. She has thus far not made any attempt at restitution. Baby has grown into a beautiful long-haired Maine Coon.