For the Love of Birds. Keep Cats Indoors

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Red-breasted-NuthatchAnyone who has been paying attention, knows that Migratory Songbirds are in the fight of their life for survival. One of the most formidable foes for songbirds are domesticated cats, running at large, creeping up on the tired and helpless creatures as they try to nest, and bring into the world a few of their species. There is no end to the hazards that migratory birds face. From wind turbines to pesticides, wild animals along the migratory route, skyscrapers illuminating and confusing a safe passage for our avian creatures, songbirds do have to go the distance when attempting the most ancient of callings in their DNA. It’s truly remarkable what migratory songbirds undertake to try and make a home for their bird family.

Millions of songbirds annually suffer bloody death in the claws of domestic cats. Millions more collide with city skyscrapers or communications towers, or fly into the glass windows of suburban houses. A National Audubon Society report called “Common Birds in Decline,” for instance, shows that some widespread species generally thought to be secure have decreased in number as much as 80 percent since 1967, and the 19 others in the report have lost half their populations. The figures reflect an array of threats faced by birds throughout North America. (nationalgeographic.com)

Threats to songbirds in North America was highlighted by Smithsonian scientists in a report released in January 2013, indicating that free-ranging domestic cats kill far more birds than previously believed: between 1.4 and 3.7 billion birds annually in the lower 48 states. A portion of the report reads ‘Cats in particular have earned a nasty reputation for themselves as blood thirsty killers of wildlife. They have been named among the top invasive species in the world. Cats have also earned credit for countless island extinctions. Arriving onto the virgin specks of land alongside sailors, the naive native fauna didn’t stand a chance against these clever, efficient killers.’ (http://www.smithsonianmag.com)

feralcatThe report, based on 21 studies of cats and birds in the United States and Europe, showed that cat predation may well be the greatest source of human-related bird mortality in The United States.
Further to this, another grim picture is shared in a research paper in Nature Communications, that found between 1.4 to 3.7 billion birds lose their lives to cats each year in the United States alone. That’s billion. The authors of the report encourage a call to action through public policy ‘Our estimates should alert policy makers and the general public about the large magnitude of wildlife mortality caused by free-ranging cats.’

Dr. David Suzuki, iconic Canadian scientific researcher, champion for the natural world, and host of Nature of Things on CBC Television, highlighted the plight of songbirds in the documentary Songbird SOS on CBC TV March 19th,2015. (http://songbirdsos.com) The Canada Warbler has endured a 66% decline in numbers since 1966. It’s not looking good for songbirds.
The City of Sault Ste. Marie has a by-law ‘on the books’ that serves to define boundaries for cat owners to abide by.

SongbirdBluetitTHE CORPORATION OF THE CITY OF SAULT STE. MARIE BY-LAW 2000-49
5. CAT AT LARGE (a) Every owner of a cat must ensure that the cat, if it is unspayed or unneutered, whether pursuant to a breeder’s permit issued under this bylaw or otherwise, is not permitted to be running at large within the Municipality subject to section 5 (b). (b) No person shall suffer, allow or permit a cat under his or her control or of which he or she is the owner to trespass on any property unless permission is first obtained from the property owner or occupier.
6. IMPOUNDING & DESTRUCTION (1) A by-law enforcement officer may take into custody a cat which has been otherwise confined: (a) that is at large; (b) that is trespassing on a public place; or (c) that is trespassing on private property, upon request of the owner or occupier of the property or his or her representative. (2) A cat which is found running at large contrary to the provisions of this bylaw may be seized and impounded in the City pound.

9. PENALTY Any person who contravenes any of the provisions of this by-law is guilty of an offence and is liable to a penalty in accordance with the provisions of the Provincial Offences Act, as amended. 10. EFFECTIVE DATE This by-law comes into force on the date of its final passing. PASSED in Open Council this 6th day of March , 2000

So, why are there so many cats, feral and otherwise, roaming around ‘free as a bird’ in The Sault. There isn’t a day that goes by that we don’t see more and more cats moving unfettered through their day, scampering along their merry way.

How many do you see creeping around the neighbourhood, scaling a tree, moving in on an exhausted songbird trying to find safe haven for their babies. At this time of the year, it is especially important to be good stewards for the songbirds. Nests are being assembled and guarded by mating pairs. Eggs are being deposited and gently cared for by songbirds all over our District of Algoma, into the northern Boreal Forest. How lucky that we might be able to bear witness to a pair of robins nesting in the apple tree in a yard, or spot a red-breasted nuthatch hunkered down somewhere in the tangled grapevine, taking up the fight and flight for life.

From borealbirds.org ‘Some of the longest annual migrations on Earth involve boreal birds. The Hudsonian Godwit, for example, commonly breeds in the Mackenzie Delta and Hudson Bay Lowlands of northern Canada before migrating all the way down to the southern tip of South America. The Boreal Forest. We have that around here. Chances are this wee creature from the world of ornithology has landed somewhere in a forest near you.
It’s incumbent upon us as good citizens to help migratory birds. We are all stewards of this earth, and by extension, songbirds. Help them. Keep cats indoors, and out of the way of migrations, and nesting songbirds. There’s even a by-law in place to guide the sensibility of good citizenship.

“A true conservationist is a man who knows that the world is not given by his fathers, but borrowed from his children.” John James Audubon

Can you even imagine a world without songbirds. Or a spring when you didn’t relish in the first glimpse of a returning robin.

http://www.city.sault-ste-marie.on.ca/Cityweb/media/Legal/By-laws/2000-49.pdf

7 COMMENTS

  1. TNR Researcher, I absolutely admire and applaud what you are doing. The ignorance of humans towards the plight of our native birds and mammals is remarkable. We are stewards of this planet, each and every native animal on our land deserves our respect and protection. You are doing a tremendous service and I thank you.

  2. If you truly care about the well-being of animals, then destroying ALL free-roaming cats is the most humane thing to do of all options available (even for the cats themselves).

    Destroy any one free-roaming invasive-species cat = save the lives of thousands of native animals. That’s the TRUE suffering-animal equation. Saving those native animals from being tortured to death by being disemboweled-alive or skinned-alive and left to suffer to death, or their offspring left to starve to death after the parents are killed or after cats have destroyed all of their ONLY food-sources — and all done to NATIVE animals that actually belong here by just ONE invasive-species cat. If you want to end the slow torturous deaths of thousands of animals, you must begin with destroying any one free-roaming cat, NO MATTER HOW YOU HAVE-TO ACCOMPLISH THAT.

    I saved countless THOUSANDS of animals from suffering to death, and the guaranteed continuation of thousands of beneficial and admirable animal species to live healthy and full lives, animals upon which our very own lives depend. (Some native predators that I even hand-raised from certain demise. The few remaining native predators on my lands that hadn’t already been starved to death by an infestation of cats.) All that senseless suffering of animals stopped permanently by simply shooting and burying every last one of HUNDREDS of these vermin cats roaming free — collared or not. Because collared-strays are the very source of every last feral cat. Not ONE of the collared cats in my area was sterilized. I checked before throwing each one into its well-deserved hole in the ground. It’s called “being a responsible steward of the land”. Time to grow-up into a responsible adult with a spine and a real heart and get away from your bambi-cartoon curricula and pavement-brained ignorance.

    All NATIVE wildlife on my lands is now returning to normal, it rebounded faster than I could have ever hoped for. I estimate about 1 returning or 1 never-seen-before native species arrived on my land PER DAY for 5 years since every last cat is gone. That’s a LOT of species that cats destroyed or starved to death during their 15 years here. Nature is once again back in balance, as it was, and as it should be. Native predators are no longer starving to death due to cats destroying their only food sources. No countless thousands of prey-specie animals being tortured to death for disemboweled and skinned-alive twitching play-toys for vermin cats. No longer are these invasive species cats spreading their 3dozen+ deadly zoonotic diseases to all animals and humans. AND I no longer have any rodent problem. Owls returned, as did the hawks, fox, raccoons, shrikes, and opossum and other NATIVE predators that get rid of rodents the RIGHT WAY, without attracting more of them with cats’ T. gondii brain-hijacking parasite. The most valuable of all are the tiny 1.75-inch Masked Shrew, which evolved a poisonous bite specifically for preying on rodents at their very source, in the burrows right where rodents breed. Cats ALWAYS destroy these tiny David vs. Goliath marvels first, thus ensuring an endless supply of rodents to entertain the cats and your own stupid lives on into infinity.

    I get to hear owls hooting again every night, a sound I had not heard for 15 years because cats had destroyed all their visible/attainable food sources. One so tame it sits on a branch about 10 ft. from my door. It caught a vole I had disturbed one time walking through my yard, the owl landing nearly between my feet to capture the vole. It just looking straight-up at me all proud about its catch. I had to step over that owl to let it continue on in its proud moment. Hawks soar over my trees again. Chipmunks treat me to a chipmunk-chorus most every calm summer evening again, another sound I had not heard for 15 years. (Ever hear that sound? It sounds like a melodic wooden wind-chime coming from every direction in the forest as they call to each other, each clucking with their own unique note of their chorus before bedding-down. It’s an astounding experience to hear it just once in your life but I get to hear it most every calm warm day before sunset, sometimes in calm late mornings too before they take their noon nap.) A family of Gray Fox (one of the most beneficial native animals to grace the land) made a den near my home. I often see them bringing a clownish kit or two along with to patrol my yard for any edibles. Birds I had never seen in my life before now nest here. 2 of the species are warblers listed in the top-10-songbirds of the world. What an amazing sound to awaken to during warm months. I wasn’t a birder before but these amazing animals are now convincing me otherwise.

    The lifelong rewards for destroying and disposing of every last one of these pestilent invasive-species vermin cats on your lands are priceless and immeasurable.

    I now feel nothing but pity for anyone who has cats around them. They have made their own lives, and the lives of all others around them, dismally bereft and empty and they don’t even realize it.

  3. The 100% effective and PERMANENT SOLUTION. Guaranteed. Tested and approved.

    You will find that it is 100% ineffective to try to discuss this with any cat-advocate. Do what I did after 15 years of trying to reason-with and educate the ineducable (at the loss of THOUSANDS of native animals that their cats tortured to death on my lands). Ignore every last thing that every last cat-advocate might ever say and you too will solve a centuries’ old problem PERMANENTLY in less than 2 seasons of your time, for a cost of only $0.003 (1/3-penny) to $0.04 per cat. Cat-advocates ARE the problem, they can’t be any part of the solution. If you include them in the solution then YOU WILL FAIL. They now deserve and require the EXACT same amount of respect and consideration as they have shown and given to every other life on this planet, animal and human included, that being — ABSOLUTELY NONE. Then and only then will you solve this global ecological disaster that they created and are hellbent on perpetuating.

    No trapping program in the world has been able to catch-up to cats’ breeding rates, this is precisely why Trap & Kill failed as well as Trap, Neuter, Re-abandon (TNR) is an even bigger failure. Actively and aggressively hunting them down, employing “Hunted to Extinction” methods, is the ONLY way to get ahead of and stay ahead of cats’ breeding rates, their ability to out-adapt to any trapping method used, and also the rates at which criminally-irresponsible cat-lickers let more invasive-species vermin cats be born and dumped illegally outdoors.

    Licensing and laws do nothing to curb the problem. If cats are required to be licensed then these lying, deceitful, manipulative cat-lickers stop putting collars on their cats; as they did by me. And they won’t even bother getting them micro-chipped, especially not that. They want nothing that can hold them legally accountable for their actions and the actions of their cats. We’re not talking about the topmost responsible citizens of the world, you know. They don’t want that responsibility of what they and their cats have done coming back on them. If they had even one iota of a sense of responsibility and respect for all other lives on this planet we wouldn’t even be having these discussions.

    Any non-native cat that is allowed to illegally hunt our native wildlife where I live then in turn gets hunted until dead. No delays, no excuses, NO EXCEPTIONS. That’s the very best way to keep these invasive species vermin from destroying any more native wildlife or spreading any more of their 3dozen+ deadly diseases to all other animals and humans. They had annihilated all the wildlife on my lands for 15 years, until on advice of the Sheriff I shot and buried every last one of hundreds of their vermin cats for them (AS-IS THE LEGAL RIGHT OF EVERY LAND-OWNER). Collared or not — for you MUST destroy ALL stray collared cats as well, they are the very source of every last feral cat. If you don’t destroy them too then you have done NOTHING to solve the feral cat problem. Guaranteed. All the cat-lickers by me told me for over a decade that all their “pet” cats were sterilized. But upon inspection during shooting and burying hundreds of them, NOT ONE of their cats was sterilized. Cat-advocates and cat-owners who let cats roam free are manipulative and deceptive LIARS — one and all.

    • If you live where its not legal to use firearms (areas zoned as “residential”) then check into 700-1200fps air-rifles and round-nosed vermin-pellets. Many of the new ones come with their own sound-suppressor designs built-in, specifically designed for shooting vermin cats in urban areas, the demand is that great. Just remember, shoot-to-kill is a perfectly legal way to rid your homes and lands of these diseased vermin cats. Shoot-to-maim is animal cruelty, and rightly so, all hunters know this. Don’t let them parade another illegal shoot-to-maim case in the media to exploit yet another suffering cat for donations for themselves. They torture enough cats to death with their TNR programs for that and make $millions by doing so. (Check out Better Business Bureau’s findings of “Alley Cat All Lies” for one example of how to become a multimillionaire by torturing stray cats to death by letting them roam free. http://web.archive.Org/web/20131013073823/http://www.bbb.Org/charity-reviews/national/animal-protection/alley-cat-allies-in-bethesda-md-107/financial They can’t become millionaires if they euthanize them first! No, they need dead and suffering cats in all the streets of the world so when they find them dying of TNR “attrition” they can further exploit dead and injured cats for massive donations to their own bank-accounts. You too can become a deceptive, manipulative, and morally reprehensible $multimillionaire by following this animal-torturing and cyber-bullying business-model invented by Becky Robinson!)

      Then there’s always the “SSS and TDSS Cat Management Programs” that are exploding in popularity worldwide: Shoot, Shovel, & Shut-Up; or Trap, Drown, Shovel, & Shut-Up. Both methods are legal on every square foot of this earth. No local ordinances were violated if it never happened. In fact, most law-enforcement agencies prefer that you use either of those two methods so that these criminally-negligent cat-lickers don’t cause even more problems for your community than they already have with their disease-infested vermin. As we ALL know, the only thing worse than having feral cats is drawing feral-cat-lickers (criminally irresponsible cat-hoarders) right to your door. They will do everything possible to destroy your life even further than they already have with their cats if they find out you are even thinking about destroying their vermin for them. Cat-lickers delusionally believe that any land on which a cat has stepped-foot is their own property and they can manipulate and control the owners and all laws on it. There are dozens of their cyber-stalking and cyber-bullying attacks on individuals, businesses, whole towns, and even corporations on a weekly basis. One time so bad that they even drove a loving veterinarian to suicide, and she only tried to save the life of one of their outdoor hoarded TNR cats. http://banvetabuse.blogspot.Co.Uk/2014_03_01_archive.html They will even send death-threats to Congressmen and their families. Google for: Oda Lawmakers Shun Security Threats

      • Here is a good example of what happens if one of their TNR cats die from their “loving and humane TNR attrition” near your business or home: http://www.facebook.Com/photo.php?fbid=747875778604304 And here’s what really happened: http://www.wtov9.Com/news/features/top-stories/stories/alleged-animal-abuse-investigated-weirton-5308.shtml Someone not even associated with this business ran-over one of their cats by accident. The fun part of this cyber-bullying attack is that the group behind it all and supported by Alley-Cat-ALL-LIES even admitted that those photos were from Europe over 3 years ago, another from China 6 years ago. http://www.chinasmack.Com/2009/pictures/kittens-found-abused-dead-mother-kunming.html They just paste dead-cat photos around whatever business they want to destroy where any of their TNR cats die. Isn’t TNR GREAT!

        This is precisely why everyone is destroying all cats on their properties as quickly and quietly as possible. Long before these psychotic cyber-bullying cat-licker psychopaths get wind of the cats. Shoot (or trap & drown) cats first, tell no-one later. The only thing worse than feral cats are feral cat-lickers. You can legally shoot the former, not the latter. You need to pay lawyers and courts to get rid of the latter. THEN you can get rid of their cats. And the sad part is, that’s EXACTLY what happens, each and every time. People are wising-up. If ANY cats are around they destroy every last one of them first before they make any other move. Before these cyber-bullying cat-lickers can do anything about it to try to waste everyone’s lives even more than they already have with their disease-infested invasive-species vermin cats. Not quite the results that these sociopathic cat-lickers had intended, but that’s what they’re getting! 🙂

        • Where cats have already learned to evade all trapping methods for trapping & drowning (and you aren’t confident with firearms or air-rifles (local ordinances permitting)), then inexpensive generic acetaminophen (overseas paracetamol) pain-relievers are a more species-specific vermin poison (though harmful to most reptiles, which won’t be dining on the cat-bait-foods that you’ll be using) — a method condoned by even Audubon, Smithsonian, and National Geographic today. Stray cats have been listed as “vermin” since the early 1900’s. (I learned this from a cat-licker. Thanks cat-lickers!) This is why it is even legal to use any and all vermin-poisons on them. For an even more species-specific vermin poison check into the toxicity of “Lilium” species of flowers too. Be certain the plant contains the word “Lilium” in the scientific-name (other plants with the word “Lily” in the common-name may be toxic to other species besides cats). Common N. American “Day Lilies” also work, they are the one exception to the rule that the name “Lilium” needs to be in the scientific name. Lilium species of flowers are 100% fatal to cats ONLY, even a bit of pollen on their fur that they lick-off will do. If they even drink a bit of water in which a bunch of Lilium flowers have been kept — that too is fatal, but totally harmless to all other species of animals (including dogs). Much safer for the environment and all other animals than the rat-poisons and antifreeze that cat-lickers have forced everyone into using on their cats. These plants when harvested and dried for year-round cat-eradication use is even better, as the unknown toxin is concentrated during the drying process (the blossoms and pollen being most toxic), and the dried plants are even more palatable to cats. An excellent mulch for anyone’s garden or a ground-up additive for any tins of food left lying around.

          However, you really need to dispose of that cat safely and hygienically so that wildlife won’t die from the deadly diseases cats spread even after their death. Leaving ANY cat out in nature, alive OR dead, is no better than intentionally poisoning your native wildlife to death. I know this. I fed one of the hundreds of shot-dead cats on my lands to some wildlife under my care, those animals and their offspring that they had while under my care then died from some disease in that cat-meat. Cats truly are complete and total wastes-of-flesh. They can’t even be used to feed wildlife safely.

          • I don’t see anyone dumping cats where I live anymore. They don’t even adopt more than can be kept under lock & key 24/7/52. When driving through the area I don’t see even one cat on anyone’s doorsteps anymore. I always keep an eye-out to see if there are more free-roaming cats that will have to be shot. And if I’ll have to leave fish-oil trails on all the roadsides again, leading right to my IR surveillance system and laser-sighted rifle. The eradication of these vermin was so complete and effective that cats are non-existent from my area for over FIVE years now. Not seen nor heard a single one. So much for that cat-lickers’ oft-spewed and manipulative “vacuum effect” deception and lie too, eh?

            Leaving ANY of their invasive species cats outside in my area means certain death for their cat, its further existence can be counted in hours. You’d think everyone else could learn from this simple lesson. The quickest way to solve an unwanted animal and irresponsible pet-owner problem is to let everyone know that you will quickly and humanely destroy every last one of their unwanted, uncared-for, or unsupervised animals for them. They either grow up fast or, far more plausible, dump their animals elsewhere to become someone else’s problem.

            You just can’t be an enabler of criminally irresponsible spineless and heartless idiots — or they remain that way. (At least where you live, anyway.)

            **IF THERE ARE NOT DIRECT AND IMMEDIATE IRREVERSIBLE CONSEQUENCES TO PET-OWNERS’ CRIMINALLY-NEGLIGENT AND CRIMINALLY-IRRESPONSIBLE BEHAVIORS AND VALUES THEN THEY LEARN ABSOLUTELY NOTHING.**

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