The killing machines

Published May 19, 2020

“If cats had opposable thumbs,” my vet told me, “They’d rule the world.” I dunno about ruling it, but they’d certainly kill a lot.

It wasn’t Blofeld who said “No, Mr. Bond, I expect you to die*.”

Aussie researchers looked at cat murders, and not just feral ones — they looked at studies of pet cats who go outside.

The results are staggering. On average, each roaming pet cat kills 186 reptiles, birds and mammals per year […]. Collectively, that’s 4,440 to 8,100 animals per square kilometre per year for the area inhabited by pet cats.

Collectively, roaming pet cats kill 390 million animals per year Down Under. Holy wow.

* Yes, I know it was Goldfinger. Shh.
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