Fe­line mas­sacre

Houston Chronicle Sunday - - WORLD -

Aus­tralia’s pet and feral cats are killing more than 1 mil­lion birds on av­er­age across the coun­try ev­ery day, ac­cord­ing to a new study.

Re­searchers from Charles Dar­win Univer­sity say the sav­age slaugh­ter “is likely to be driv­ing the on­go­ing de­cline of many species.” Wild cats kill 316 mil­lion birds an­nu­ally; pets kill about 61 mil­lion.

The sci­en­tists say they also found ev­i­dence of the non­na­tive cats killing 338 types of birds — nearly half of all the na­tive feath­ered species in the coun­try.

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