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  •  Know what else is a bad idea? (0+ / 0-)

    Introducing invasive species into ecosystems that aren't equipped to adapt to them. Just ask the Australians. Hares, anyone (but they're so much fun to hunt! Surely that can't be bad)? Oooh... or maybe Cane Toads (but they'll control our cane beetle population... what could go wrong?)! SO MANY fun ways to mux up a fragile biosphere...

    Cats have indeed been domesticated for thousands of years in Africa, Europe, and Asia. In North America... not so much. Admittedly I don't have any good figures on when they may have been introduced to N.A., but it can't have been more than... 500 years maybe? Long time for us; not so much for an ecosystem that's been doing its thang for millions without felis silvestris roaming around.

    Yes, of course "birds and mice" aren't extinct. But consider the populations of birds who ARE impacted  in N. America: Cardinals, Bluejays, Piping Plovers, and others. Just because they're not extinct doesn't mean felines don't have a hugely negative impact on them. As with most large-scale threats to wildlife, human interference (here by introducing a new predatory species) in ecosystems is the culprit.

    See more information from the American Bird Conservancy: http://www.abcbirds.org/...

    In short, it's not hard, people. Keep your kitties indoors. The cost to you is nominal (and by nominal I mean non-existant), and the benefits to your cat and nature are high.

    "entia non sunt multiplicanda praeter necessitatem" -- William of Ockham

    by shazamtwix on Sun Feb 03, 2013 at 11:35:23 PM PST

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