Cats Are Killing ONE MILLION Aussie Birds EVERY DAY
A new study has revealed the shocking stastic that over 1 million native Aussie birds are killed across the country by cats every single day
The Biological Conversation estimate that feral cats kill around 316 million birds a year, while pet cats kill another 61 million birds annually. More than 99% of these birds are native.
Prof John Woinarski of Charles Darwin University says, “Everyone knows that cats kill birds, but this study shows that, at a national level, the amount of predation is staggering, and is likely to be driving the ongoing decline of many species,”
Scientists estimate there's about 11 billion native birds across the country, suggesting cats kill around 4% of the population annually.
Acting threatened species commissioner, Sebastian Lang, said the government had spent more than $30m into projects to try and reduce the problem.
“We found records of cats killing 338 species of native birds, of which 71 were threatened species,”
“That’s about 60% of the threatened species in Australia.”
“Responsible pet owners can help reduce the impact of domestic cats by desexing them and keeping them indoors or in a cat run,” Lang said.
“These are great ways to protect our wildlife that can also improve the wellbeing of domestic cats.”