Dog bites Man

Scientists from the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute and the US Fish and Wildlife Service compiled nationwide data from a number of local surveys and pilot studies, to conclude that cats are responsible for the deaths of up to 3.7bn birds and 20.7bn small mammals every 12 months, including mice, voles, rabbits and shrews.

Predators kill. Red in tooth and claw n’ all that.


  1. JuliaM says:

    That one’s almost up there with ‘Woman ages!’

    ‘Hold the front page!’ indeed…

  2. Bucko says:

    I’m surprised they didn’t include the millions of tins of cat food that are decimated anually by cats.

  3. Incunabulum says:

    What these articles seem to always fail to mention is how many small birds and mammals there are, how fast these things reproduce, and what percentage of the kills are animals we would consider pests and want dead anyway – like mice and rats and pigeons.