Letter: Don’t blame the cats

Bottom line: humans can, and should, be doing much to reduce the drastic decline in bird populations

In no way do I blame cats for killing birds, mice, snakes, frogs, salamanders and the occasional butterfly or dragonfly.

They are supreme hunters to their very core and blaming them for acting on that (whether it’s a real or toy bird or mouse) is as pointless and unfair as blaming a cougar for killing one’s dog or a deer for defending her fawn.

Research for many decades (from all over North America and Europe) has shown that death by a domestic cat is the second main reason for the decline of native bird populations. The first is loss of habitat largely from human destruction.

Since humans supposedly are reasonable and able to change their behaviour for good cause, then clearly the loss of habitat by us is to be deplored more than the cat’s decimation. That said, since cats are largely domestic pets, we should use our reason to prevent the damage they do, as we should be avoiding poisons that kill birds and other species, including cats that eat the rat that eat the … on and on. Cats, by the way, eat very few insects and more in play than as food; some such hard-shelled insects can be injurious as well.

Spaying and neutering cats: a no-brainer, but it won’t stop Fluffy from hunting even if it’s only in the immediate neighbourhood.

Bottom line: humans can, and should, be doing much to reduce the drastic decline in bird populations around the world. Keeping cats from roaming free is one of the easier and very significant ways.

Eva Durance

Penticton

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

COVID-19 outbreak at Oliver farm declared over

There continues to be other community exposure events in the Interior Health region

Penticton Community Centre prepares for reopening

The community centre will open Aug. 13 with many precautions in place

Penticton Vees seeking billet families for the upcoming season

Many life-long bonds have been formed between players and billet families, says assistant coach

Morning Start: The Exorcist film set was haunted

Your morning start for Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020

Documentary on Kelowna brothers’ Central American surf resort business releases

Lucas and Travis Boychuk moved to Nicaragua in 2008, starting their surf resort business

Canucks ride momentum into NHL playoff series against defending Stanley Cup champs

PREVIEW: Vancouver opens against St. Louis on Wednesday

Man, 54, charged in connection with fatal attack of Red Deer doctor

Doctor was killed in his walk-in clinic on Monday

One dead as fish boat sinks off southern Vancouver Island

Shawnigan Lake-registered Arctic Fox II went down off Cape Flattery, west of Victoria

Landlord takes front door, windows after single B.C. mom late with rent

Maple Ridge mom gets help from community generosity and government

VIDEO: Revelstoke rallies to save snared eagle

Local climber scales tree to save the raptor

42 more people test positive for COVID-19 in B.C.

The province has recorded no new deaths in recent days

Joe Biden selects California Sen. Kamala Harris as running mate

Harris and Biden plan to deliver remarks Wednesday in Wilmington

COVID-19 exposure alert at Cactus Club in downtown Kelowna

Interior Health also announced another three cases of COVID-19 tied to Kelowna, bringing the total to 161

Most Read