Cute But Deadly: Cats Kill By The Billions Each Year
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Aired 2/5/13 on KPBS Midday Edition.
Dr. Gary Weitzman is president of the San Diego Humane Society. Dr. Weiztman is co- host of the National Public Radio program The Animal House
Chris Redfern is the executive director of the San Diego Audubon society.
Cats, even scruffy stray cats, are adorable creatures. And it's the instinct of many animal lovers to want to take care of them. But, a report by government researchers finds that cats have apparently been taking good care of themselves when it comes to finding prey.
The report from the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute and the Fish and Wildlife Service estimates that cats in the U.S. are killing more than 14 billion birds and small mammals every year.
And because so many people are involved in taking care of these outdoor cats, the numbers show cats as the single greatest human-linked threats to wildlife in the nation.