Cats are one of the top threats to US wildlife, killing billions of animals each year, a study suggests. The authors estimate they are responsible for the deaths of between 1.4 and 3.7 billion birds and 6.9-20.7 billion mammals annually. Writing in Nature Communications, the scientists said stray and feral cats were the worst offenders. However, they added that pet cats also played a role and that owners should do more to reduce their impact. The authors concluded that more animals are dying at the claws of cats in the United States than in road accidents, collisions with buildings or poisonings.
Comments: The annual migration of woman to fit into that "Cat Woman" outfit at Halloween takes a toll on those of US approaching retirement age. [I guess it beats a heart attack during an earthquake].
Lets get rid of all the cats in the world and then the dogs and then the cows, pigs, goats and horses, but first lets get rid of all the morons, socialists, communists, and all enemies of freedom. That would include Oppressive Politicians, maniacal "religious" groups who wish to kill all who do not believe in their brand of paganism. And last all the animals listed above, unless popular opinion has changed.
We recently had a Python round up here in South Florida, all of the captured non native snakes were destroyed. My plan involved catching them alive, placing tracking chips in them, then releasing them in areas with large feral cat populations. So far no one from the state has returned my calls.
How come EVERYTHING I like is someone else´s anti crusade?? Cats, tobacco , adult beverages, fast hot cars and motorcycles, church , trans fats, salt , butter, guns, ammo , marriage with a member of the opposite sex, , American military and her Consritution , big pharma, big oil ..??
Seriously, 50 years ago I had a cat that would lie in wait in weeds near a pond while swifts raced across the pond eating bugs. When the birds came overhead he would leap up and get one nearly every time. Lots of fun to watch.
From my point of view, it is arguable that Egypts´ problems began when they killed all the pigs. Literally sent the whole country into a tailspin when the pigs weren´t there to eat the edible garbage which led to garbage pile up and all that that brings. They will never recover. Screwing with the status quo just to be doing something is never a good idea.
Just like killing all the cats would bring back the plague because plague carrying rats began to proliferate when they didn´t have cats to keep them in check. Look it up.
#1, We moved to Durham, NC, in 1992 and licensing was already in effect. Here in the Charleston metro area there is a three-cat limit but no licensing.
Because we have indoor cats we have no insects in the house. The only mouse that made it in was held in the mouth--gently--of a 16lb cat who proudly presented it to me. I was able to release it outside.
The outdoor cat from next door takes care of the voles and moles who dig in the yard and kill plants. I understand she also keeps the flying roach population in check. While I have found a number of vole and mole bodies, I have found only one unfortunate bird--and that could have flown into a nearby window first.
If you ask me about hawks and other meat-eating birds, I can tell you I´ve seen them catch untold numbers of birds, as have many of my neighbors.
I´m of the opinion that those who don´t like cats have a lot to do with this movement. Anecdotally, I have observed that the vast majority of people who dislike cats are liberals. Not all, but a majority. Honest! I think it´s because most cats tend to be less "emotionally" needy than dogs and have an independent nature. If they voted, most cats would vote Republican.
I would like to kill all those nasty SOB´s. I spend alot of time in the woods deer hunting and feral cats are by far the most frequent animal I see. In virginia, you used to be able to kill them, but now its against the law.
No cats prowl our neighborhood but the songbirds have all disappeared over the past two years. (I´ve never seen a cat, no tracks in the soil or snow, don´t know anyone nearby who owns one, etc.) The only addition to the neighborhood was a red tailed hawk that became proficient at picking off the little birds. The hawks might also have something to do with keeping the cat population down.
I miss having my own little vole and mole eater. He also kept the rabbits away from my garden. We used to have a bunch of semi-feral cats down the street, but their home (a disabled truck) was finally removed. Saw one of them get a baby rabbit last spring from my neighbors yard. They keep down the varmits for sure.
Living near the Ports of Los Angeles/Long Beach I can testify to the fact that Norway rats are a gigantic issue. Were it not for the feral cats these packs of big rats would intimidate people, dogs, even pit bulls! One, alone is almost as big as a cat, yet the cat wins the fight.
Yeah, liberals ´´win.´´ Kill off the feral cats. Let the Norway rats have the cities.
I probably have 25-50 wild mice in my basement right now (cold outside). The only thing that is keeping them down there and not upstairs with me is two cats, which both want to go down and visit the mice.
I have indoor cats. They kill a lot of red lights, stuffed toy mice and rabbit fur balls. However, they do kill spiders. I HATE spiders and I will not discourage their behavior. One cat in particular likes to pick them up in his mouth, bite it once, spit it out on the lanoleum and then play with it to death. Works for me.
We used to live in Marin County, CA. About 15-20 yrs ago a housing development was proposed in San Rafael near the wetlands. The environmentalists went crazy because of some endangered mouse that lived in the area. So the county issued the permits with the stipulation that none of the buyers could have cats. I kid you not. We have since moved, but the last I heard they were being taking over by rodents so they were rethinking the policy. Gee, you think! You can´t make this stuff up.
Moscow - US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden has met with former US security officials who now campaign against what they call the misuse of state secrecy, WikiLeaks said Thursday. The meeting with former officials from the US Central Intelligence Agency, National Security Agency (NSA), the FBI, the Department of Justice, and WikiLeaks representative Sarah Harrison, took place in the Russian capital on Wednesday. WikiLeaks tweeted a link to a gettyimages photo of Snowden, Harrison and the group, which identifies the others as US government whistleblowers who were in
Panama City - Two Cuban MiG-21 jet fighters found aboard a seized North Korean cargo ship three months ago were in good repair, had been recently flown and were accompanied by “brand-new” jet engines, Panamanian officials say. The assertions deepen the mystery around the Cuban military materiel that was found aboard the 508-foot North Korean freighter Chong Chon Gang, which Panamanian authorities intercepted July 10 off the Atlantic entrance to the Panama Canal. “They had jet fuel still inside their tanks,” Foreign Minister Fernando Nunez Fabrega told McClatchy in an
Washington - The federal budget standoff moved toward at least a temporary end Thursday as Speaker John A. Boehner announced that House Republicans would agree to extend the government´s borrowing authority for six weeks, setting up late-night negotiations between the White House and Congress. In announcing his plan, Boehner (R-Ohio) said Republicans no longer would insist on any policy changes in return for allowing the government to continue borrowing. But he did not agree to reopen federal programs that shut down last week. At a late-afternoon meeting at the White House,
A stamp honoring Shirley A. Chisholm, the former congresswoman from New York, may soon grace your mail. The United States Postal Service announced Thursday that it would print a stamp recognizing Ms. Chisholm, the first black woman to serve in Congress and the first woman to seek the Democratic presidential nomination, in its Black Heritage stamp series next year. Ms. Chisholm, who was elected to Congress from New York in 1968, earned a reputation as an outspoken liberal and an advocate for women, minorities and the poor. She successfully pushed to expand the nation’s food
Beirut - Jihadi-led rebel fighters in Syria killed at least 190 civilians and abducted more than 200 during an offensive against pro-regime villages, committing a war crime, an international human rights group said Friday. (Snip) Witnesses said rebels went house to house, in some cases executing entire families and in other cases killing men and taking women and children hostages. The villagers belong to the minority Alawite sect, an offshoot of Shiite Islam which forms the backbone of President Bashar Assad´s regime — and which Sunni Muslim extremists consider heretics. One survivor, Hassan Shebli,
Washington - Just as Edward J. Snowden was preparing to leave Geneva and a job as a C.I.A. technician in 2009, his supervisor wrote a derogatory report in his personnel file, noting a distinct change in the young man’s behavior and work habits, as well as a troubling suspicion. The C.I.A. suspected that Mr. Snowden was trying to break into classified computer files to which he was not authorized to have access, and decided to send him home, according to two senior American officials. But the red flags went unheeded. Mr. Snowden left the C.I.A. to become a contractor for the National Security
The New York Times - "In a democracy, the press plays a vital role in informing the public and holding those in power accountable. (Snip) Arrogant though it sounds, the fact is that experienced editors and correspondents who deal daily in the subject matter of "national security" know better than most judges and prosecutors whether a given piece of information could seriously threaten lives or damage national defence. Moreover, if in doubt, we have usually asked officials to demonstrate the danger of publication and in a minority of cases accepted their argument. But we have demanded
Former first daughter Chelsea Clinton has admitted that her famously diplomatic parents don´t hold back when pressuring her into having a baby. On Friday´s episode of Rachael Ray, Clinton spills the beans about Bill and Hillary´s ´completely unapologetic´ desire for a grandchild. ´They would tell you without blinking an eye that it would make them the happiest thing on earth if I were to make them grandparents,´ said Clinton, who also dished on her first kiss while living in the White House. Clinton, who married Marc Mezvinsky in 2010, tells Rachael Ray her in-laws aren´t nearly as insistent,
Having a stroke, or even a transient ischemic attack (a TIA, often called a "mini-stroke") can be a costly watershed in a person´s life. Statistically, it deducts years from patients´ lives. But it claims another toll too: in quality of life after the stroke has happened. (Snip) If a treatment for stroke -- the costly administration of the clot buster called tissue plasminogen activator, or tPA, for instance -- saves people from dying when properly used (as it does), that's a plus. But if it also reduces disability and allows more stroke patients to return to fuller function than they would have without it, that's even better.
New York - John Legere has been shaking up the cellphone industry since taking over as CEO of T-Mobile a little more than a year ago. In March, T-Mobile did away with restrictive wireless contracts as part of the company´s Simple Choice plan, less than a month before adding the one big missing handset in the company´s lineup -- the iPhone. In July, T-Mobile unleashed the early upgrade JUMP (Just Upgrade My Phone) program that let customers who pay an additional $10 a month upgrade their handsets up to two times a year following a six-month waiting period.
The United States said on Wednesday it would withhold deliveries of tanks, fighter aircraft, helicopters and missiles as well as $260 million in cash aid from Egypt´s military-backed government pending progress on democracy and human rights. The decision, described by US officials, demonstrates US unhappiness with Egypt´s path since its army on July 3 ousted Mohamed Morsi, following mass protests against him. But the State Department said it would not cut off all aid and would continue military support for counterterrorism, counter-proliferation and security in the Sinai Peninsula,
Tokyo - Radiation levels in seawater just outside one of the damaged Fukushima reactors spiked this week to the highest level in two years, the operator of the crippled Japanese nuclear plant said on Thursday. Radiation levels on Wednesday, the day six workers were exposed to highly radioactive water, jumped 13 times the previous day's reading, (Snip) Regulatory limits for Cesium, which emits a strong gamma radiation and is harmful to the human body, is 90 bq/litre for Cesium-137 and 60 bq/litre for Cesium-134. A Tepco spokesman said the sudden spike in radiation was caused by construction
I was born at the beginning of the Second World War into a family of high school teachers who were members of the Communist Party, and therefore were actually part of a vast conspiracy dedicated to the destruction of this country, although they would never have looked at it that way, and so-called liberals would be the first to deny it. (Snip) It is also an unhappy but hugely important fact that the conspiracy to which my parents belonged has steadily migrated into the heart of the Democratic Party until it now occupies the Oval Office in the person of
Conservative columnist Charles Krauthammer continued his criticism of Sen. Ted Cruz on Thursday, asking “where is he now?” “How exactly was he going to achieve abolition of Obamacare? Explain that to me. Has he ever explained it? And where is he now?” Krauthammer said on “The Laura Ingraham Show.” Krauthammer, who has previously hit Cruz (R-Texas) on the strategy of shutdown to defund Obamacare, included Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) in his questioning and said the two went home to “have lunch.” “I mean his sidekick, Senator [Mike] Lee said, ‘Oh, we’re past Obamacare. We moved on.’ These are the generals
President Obama’s meeting with certain House Republicans, Carney said, would not be a negotiation: “he’s not going to pay ransom to the Tea Party so that the government opens or the government doesn’t default.” Carney blamed divisions among Republicans for the government shutdown, particularly blaming the Tea Party: “The President invited all members of Congress because he believes all of them shoulder the responsibilities…When it comes specifically to the House of Representatives and the House Republican conference, I think the president extended the invitation to all members because we have seen that it is a very diverse and fractious conference…a subsection
WASHINGTON — Starting in about a decade, Kingston, Jamaica, will probably be off-the-charts hot — permanently. Other places will soon follow. Singapore in 2028. Mexico City in 2031. Cairo in 2036. Phoenix and Honolulu in 2043. And eventually the whole world in 2047. A new study on global warming pinpoints the probable dates for when cities and ecosystems around the world will regularly experience hotter environments the likes of which they have never seen before. And for dozens of cities, mostly in the tropics, those dates are a generation or less away. "This paper is both innovative and sobering," said
The National Park System has a budget of $2.6 billion, much of it raised by concession and attendance fees. Even if it were entirely taxpayer-funded it would represent only .00068 of every federal dollar in our $3.8 trillion budget. Nonetheless, hardball-playing White House strategists have made it the most conspicuous instrument of pain inflicted by the federal shutdown. The Republican House has tried to fund the park system during the struggle over Obamacare funding, but without success. Even park funding offers by states have been rejected by the feds. Almost every day brings fresh examples of unnecessary annoyances and hardships visited
One of the TV´s priciest daytime experiments soon could be coming to an end. Stations throughout the U.S. are contracted to carry Katie Couric´s syndicated talk show through summer 2014, but the decision on whether Katie will score a third season likely will be made this month -- and renewal seems a long shot. In fall 2012, Disney/ABC TV rolled out the red carpet for Couric, 56, giving her plum time slots on the best stations, fat license fees and loads of promotion. The initial annual budget was $50 million, according to a show source -- including $20 million for Couric
The State Department announced Wednesday that it was cutting hundreds of millions in military and other aid to Egypt, and make no mistake: this was not a government shutdown move. This was the President of the United States blackmailing a sovereign state to force it to restore the Muslim Brotherhood government he favors. With the Egyptian economy in crisis and Egypt strongly dependent on this aid, Obama has just effectively cast his vote for the Muslim Brotherhood’s return to power – and his vote outweighs that of millions of Egyptians.
The Obama administration insisted Tuesday it had no choice but to withhold death benefits to relatives of 1st Lt. Jennifer Moreno, a 25-year-old soldier born and raised in San Diego, and four other soldiers killed since the partial government shutdown began Oct. 1. This is ridiculous and perverse. President Barack Obama has used an expansive — and some legal scholars believe extreme — interpretation of his powers to unilaterally rewrite key provisions of the No Child Left Behind law, the sweeping 2002 measure that drastically reshaped federal education policies. In similar fashion, the president has unilaterally rewritten key provisions of
The United States Postal Service (USPS) has destroyed an entire press run of a stamp series over safety concerns about the images on three out of the 15 stamps in the series. The stamps, which were aimed at getting children to be more active, featured kids cannonballing into a pool, skateboarding without kneepads, and performing a headstand without a helmet. Postalnews, a blog run by Brian Sheehan, a retired postal employee from Massachusetts, reports that USPS Chief Marketing and Sales Officer Nagisa Manabe asked First Lady Michelle Obama to take part in a first day ceremony for the stamps. Upon
Gov. Jerry Brown of California signed AB 154 on Wednesday, legalizing non-physician abortions in the state. The legislation, which had been pushed vigorously by Planned Parenthood, had been strongly opposed by pro-life groups and some physicians, arguing that it amounted to legalizing back-alley abortions for profit. In a statement, Gov. Brown boasted that AB 154 was one of seven bills signed Tuesday "to support the health and well-being of women in California."
This morning I was watching the Today Show and caught a segment on why Europeans are better at life than Americans. Examples they gave were cheese and vacation time. Then they struggled to think of something Americans could do better than Europeans. The discussion was accompanied by a chryon that read "American Exceptionalism." Someone, I think Matt Lauer, suggested binge TV watching. Another sarcastically said fast food. Al Roker said we actually have some pretty good cheese. Savannah Guthrie then sarcastically said, "Like Velveeta?" Al tried to insist that Americans did have good cheese, but it fell on deaf ears.
The Republican Party has been badly damaged in the ongoing government shutdown and debt limit standoff, with a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll finding that a majority of Americans blame the GOP for the shutdown, and with the party’s popularity declining to its lowest level. By a 22-point margin (53 percent to 31 percent), the public blames the Republican Party more for the shutdown than President Barack Obama – a wider margin of blame for the GOP than the party received during the poll during the last shutdown in 1995-96.Just 24 percent of respondents have a favorable opinion about