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Quote: Defra estimates there are around 100 of the green-and-yellow birds in the UK, mainly in the south east of England.
Not a problem yet, I would have thought
Quote: A spokesman for the RSPB, the bird conservation group, said: "Our understanding is that they are going to be brought into captivity; we don't see it's necessary for them to be culled.
A pity they did not have the same concerns about Mink & other non indigenous species, which have devastated our indigenous species.
Our current government has just announced 25 million pound funding to overseas wildlife conservation, which I whole heartedly applaud, but how about a tad of that money being spent here, instead of relying on charitable organisations
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A pity they don't have the same concerns about the biggest killers of our feathered friends.... so called "pet" cats.
Quote: A pity they don't have the same concerns about the biggest killers of our feathered friends.... so called "pet" cats.
A pet cat will not be a bird killer if it wears a collar with a loud bell or two.................All cats when hunting, wriggle their back end prior to pouncing................this involuntary action rings the bell/s and the bird escapes before the cat can get it:
Cats....like dogs......do what comes naturally ........there are kind ways to stop a dog's incessant barking........and even biting:
I speak from experience..Our indoor can never goes outside the garden after having her hind leg almost torn-off by a loose Rescue Greyhound: Our other moggie is a real outdoor cat that hunts, he never brings birds home now because he announces his presence by a loud tinkling bell.....he does catch the odd field-mouse, vole or mole though they must be slower at hearing his bell:
I was told that a pet cat hunting is not doing what comes naturally.
In the wild a well fed and full up lion will let a gazelle just wander past, it only kills to eat, and a domestic cat should be the same. A pet cat nicely fed on Whiskers should have no need to hunt, they just do it because they can.
Some cats, just like some people, hunt because they enjoy it. Having a full belly has nothing to do with it. I'd reckon it's cruel to fit a bell to the cat's collar.
There's a pheasant shoot near us that buries most of the bag, sometimes 400 birds after a "good" day. That I do find obscene!
I'm sure they have there figures wrong 100 if you google the topic most stats say there are 30-40,000 now in the UK. There are a noisy bunch in the Wembley area we have our own tiny birds struggling and they don't need the competition. Should have sorted this problem out a long time ago!
I don't get how on earth they are going to cull them, in my garden they all seem quite shy and hang out at the top of the highest trees!
They should go though.
Two different species, and different problems.
Quote: I was told that a pet cat hunting is not doing what comes naturally.
In the wild a well fed and full up lion will let a gazelle just wander past, it only kills to eat, and a domestic cat should be the same.
I heard the opposite
Even seen footage on these natural history programmes of big cats bringing down more prey while eating the first, the instinct is still there
There might be something in a full wild cat not having the motivation to hunt & we see that in pet cats too when they doze in the sunshine even though there are birds etc nearby
Dogs are pets
Cats are free spirit animals, who adopt us.
Quote: wriggle their back end prior to pouncing
So do I
Quote: A pet cat will not be a bird killer if it wears a collar with a loud bell or two.................
Maybe - but they are still a bloody nuisance.........
We have 3 Siamese and I have just been watching 2 blackbirds eating from there bowl and the cats are just sat watching not a lot of killer instinct there
Cats are ok ... So are dogs and they are fun and loving to have around the house.
and it's not true they always fight
you should see the manky horrid cats that live next door... it is my aim to scare them outof my garden EVERY time i see them. they will learn ...... they dont even look nice. more freal looking.
I have never seen a freal cat...Is it a new species?
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