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Cats Indoors!
The American Bird Conservancy's
Campaign for Safer Birds and Cats

Cats Indoors! American Bird Conservancy

The American Bird Conservancy* has launched a citizen education and action campaign to end the massive and unnecessary loss of birds and other wildlife to predation by domestic cats. Scientists estimate that free-roaming cats (owned, stray, and feral) kill hundreds of millions of birds and possibly more than a billion small mammals in the U.S. each year. Cats kill not only birds that frequent our backyards, such as the Eastern Towhee, American Goldfinch, and Song Sparrow, but also WatchList species such as the Snowy Plover, Wood Thrush, and Black-throated Blue Warbler, and endangered species such as the Least Tern and Piping Plover. Not only are birds and other wildlife at risk, but cats who roam free often lead short and painful lives, living on average less than 5 years, whereas indoor cats often live to 17 or more years of age.

The American Bird Conservancy has prepared informative educational materials on the impact of cats on birds, including documentation on cat predation, health hazards, and other dangers associated with free-roaming cats, legislative solutions, and practical advice on how to convert an outdoor cat into a contented indoor pet. These materials, prepared with the assistance of a technical advisory committee with representatives from the animal welfare, conservation (including National Audubon Society), veterinary, and scientific communities, will be a valuable asset to Audubon chapters, bird clubs, schools, and the general public.

NAS passed a Resolution on Cats, and the Christian Science Monitor printed an article on June 3, 1998, titled Fur Flies over Rising Feline Population.

Cats Indoors!
The Campaign for Safer Birds and Cats
American Bird Conservancy
1834 Jefferson Place, NW
Washington, DC 20036

Linda A. Winter
Director, Cats Indoors!
phone: 202-452-1535 x201
fax: 202-452-1534

* American Bird Conservancy is a national conservation organization dedicated to protecting wild birds and their habitats throughout the Americas.

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