Sunday, December 10, 2006


So... should we perpetuate the killing or act responsibly and vigorously to eliminate it once and for all?

STUDY FINDS FERAL CAT COLONIES THREATEN ENDANGERED SPECIES -- With four million to six million unwanted animals-mostly cats-put to sleep each year in the United States, some people might consider it more humane to free the felines into the wild. But as these cats forage for food and establish their territories, they kill more than a billion small mammals and birds each year, many of which are threatened or endangered, a University of Florida study shows. Feral cats spread diseases-rabies in particular-that can also kill wildlife, according to John Cely, wildlife biologist with the S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Wildlife Section. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that rabies is more than twice as common in cats as it is in dogs or cattle, and cats have the highest incidence of rabies among domestic species.

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