Proof that cats are pure evil

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PostProof that cats are pure evil
by Sirus » Wed Jan 30, 2013 12:39 am

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-21236690

Cats killing billions of animals in the US

Cats are one of the top threats to US wildlife, killing billions of animals each year, a study suggests.

The authors estimate they are responsible for the deaths of between 1.4 and 3.7 billion birds and 6.9-20.7 billion mammals annually.

Writing in Nature Communications, the scientists said stray and feral cats were the worst offenders.

However, they added that pet cats also played a role and that owners should do more to reduce their impact.

The authors concluded that more animals are dying at the claws of cats in the United States than in road accidents, collisions with buildings or poisonings.

The domestic cat's killer instinct has been well documented on many islands around the world.

Felines accompanying their human companions have gone on to decimate local wildlife, and they have been blamed for the global extinction of 33 species.

But their impact on mainland areas has been harder to chart.

To find out more, researchers from the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) and the US Fish and Wildlife Service carried out a review of studies that had previously looked at the predatory prowess of cats.

Their analysis revealed that the cat killings were much higher than previous studies had suggested: they found that they had killed more than four times as many birds as has been previously estimated.

Birds native to the US, such as the American Robin, were most at risk, and mice, shrews, voles, squirrels and rabbits were the mammals most likely to be killed.

Dr Pete Marra from the SCBI said: "Our study suggests that they are the top threat to US wildlife."

The team said that "un-owned" cats, which they classified as strays, feral cats and farm cats, were killing about three times as many animals as pet cats, but that their owners could do more to limit the impact.

Dr Marra said: "We hope that the large amount of wildlife mortality indicated by our research convinces some cat owners to keep their cats indoors and that it alerts policymakers, wildlife managers and scientists to the large magnitude of wildlife mortality caused by cat predation."

A spokeswoman for the UK's animal welfare charity the RSPCA said that a properly fitted collar and bell could reduce a cat's success when hunting by at least a third.


I guess the cat's out of the bag now.

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PostRe: Proof that cats are pure evil
by Pontius Pilate » Wed Jan 30, 2013 1:04 am

Proof that they're strawberry floating alpha you mean?

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PostRe: Proof that cats are pure evil
by Oh Teh Noes » Wed Jan 30, 2013 1:20 am

More like proof that strawberry floating food chain

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PostRe: Proof that cats are pure evil
by satriales » Wed Jan 30, 2013 1:49 am

How many animals do humans kill?

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PostRe: Proof that cats are pure evil
by Bethlehemster » Wed Jan 30, 2013 4:31 am

Cats>Dogs.


Always have been. Always will be.

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PostRe: Proof that cats are pure evil
by aayl1 » Wed Jan 30, 2013 5:27 am

Denster wrote:Cats>Dogs.


Always have been. Always will be.


nah m8

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PostRe: Proof that cats are pure evil
by Sleighamorph » Wed Jan 30, 2013 6:41 am

Dog supremacy 8-)

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PostRe: Proof that cats are pure evil
by Partridge Iciclebubbles » Wed Jan 30, 2013 7:54 am

Oh strawberry float, I agree with Lagamorph. :dread:

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PostRe: Proof that cats are pure evil
by Scotticus Erroticus » Wed Jan 30, 2013 8:00 am

Rather unfortunate timing.

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PostRe: Proof that cats are pure evil
by DrPepperMan » Wed Jan 30, 2013 8:02 am

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PostRe: Proof that cats are pure evil
by Rex Kramer » Wed Jan 30, 2013 8:10 am

As much as I love cats, the moment they evolve opposable thumbs then we are all strawberry floated.

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PostRe: Proof that cats are pure evil
by Seven Posers Posing » Wed Jan 30, 2013 8:59 am

Denster wrote:Cats>Dogs.


Always have been. Always will be.


:roll:

Good one.

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PostRe: Proof that cats are pure evil
by TheTurnipKing » Wed Jan 30, 2013 9:37 am

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PostRe: Proof that cats are pure evil
by The Cuttcracker Suite » Wed Jan 30, 2013 9:38 am

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PostRe: Proof that cats are pure evil
by False » Wed Jan 30, 2013 9:42 am

Dogs are top tier.

Cats gooseberry fool, piss, vomit and drag the dead through your house. They dont care for you, they want their food and then they strawberry float off. They'll happily go to a new home if theyre fed.

Dogs are loyal and will stick by you. They are intelligent and can be trained properly and will become part of the family.

One christmas one of our cats brought in a gigantic chunk of meat from strawberry float knows where. It looked like a human size liver or lung. It was massive and covered in blood and it dragged it through the hall. I can only assume the rest of the carcass was eaten in the garden. My dog just eats biscuits.

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PostRe: Proof that cats are pure evil
by Knoëleo » Wed Jan 30, 2013 9:45 am

I'd like dogs, if the thought of carrying around a plastic bag full of gooseberry fool really appealed to me, but it doesn't, so strawberry float 'em.

Cats for the win.

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PostRe: Proof that cats are pure evil
by DML » Wed Jan 30, 2013 9:55 am

Falsey wrote:Dogs are top tier.

Cats gooseberry fool, piss, vomit and drag the dead through your house. They dont care for you, they want their food and then they strawberry float off. They'll happily go to a new home if theyre fed.

Dogs are loyal and will stick by you. They are intelligent and can be trained properly and will become part of the family.

One christmas one of our cats brought in a gigantic chunk of meat from strawberry float knows where. It looked like a human size liver or lung. It was massive and covered in blood and it dragged it through the hall. I can only assume the rest of the carcass was eaten in the garden. My dog just eats biscuits.


Seems a bit harsh to judge all catkind by one cat who happens to be somekind of Sweeney Todd esque murderer and all dogkind by one who happens to calmly eat digestives.

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PostRe: Proof that cats are pure evil
by TheTurnipKing » Wed Jan 30, 2013 10:07 am

To be fair, I can see it.

Dogs are just wolves that were gooseberry fool at being wolves.
You get the impression that cats only evolved because there was less competition and it was easier to eat mice and birds than chase down strawberry floating wildebeast.

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PostRe: Proof that cats are pure evil
by False » Wed Jan 30, 2013 10:08 am

I used to have a Siberian Husky that was ace at being a wolf. Awesome dog.

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PostRe: Proof that cats are pure evil
by Qikz » Wed Jan 30, 2013 10:12 am

Dogs are only loyal as they're too damn stupid to be let off on their own as they'll get lost.

Deal with it dog lovers. 8-)

Seriously though, dogs and cats are both cool.

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