Why is this a hot — but diversionary — news item?
A study in Nature Communications study recently reported that cats kill as 1.4 to 3.7 billion birds per year. This study was widely reported by the MSM.
While we doubt the estimate simply because there is no body count and no good way to estimate one, the interesting aspect is that the estimate was made at all? What was the point?
We suggest that the point was to draw heat off the wind industry, which has been accused by the American Bird Conservancy of killing as many as 450,000 birds per year.
If cats can be blamed for billions of bird deaths — and no one is talking about banning cats — then certainly the wind industry’s comparatively paltry bird body count should merit even less discussion.