Domestic and feral cats may kill more than 1 billion birds in America each year, according to research from the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute. (Photo: Pierre Wolfer, Flickr CC BY-ND 2.0)
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CURWOOD: It’s Living on Earth, I’m Steve Curwood.
CURWOOD: And now comments from you our listeners…
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CURWOOD: Some of your thoughts in just moment, but first, a correction. We reported on proposed cuts to federal lead remediation programs last week, but got a figure wrong. Their value is correctly $17 million, not $17 billion. Sorry!
Now, some of you are kind like Jinx Jenkins of Spartanburg, South Carolina.
JENKINS: I never ever miss Living on Earth. Usually, I get up at 6 or 6:30 and my dog at 6:30 says, “Well, I think it’s time to get up”, but I say, “No, it’s Sunday, we’re listening to Living on Earth, and we'll get up at 7”. Thank you!
CURWOOD: Thank you! And Carol Kowalski from Oklahoma called with praise too, but a sting in the tail concerning Sean Powers’ story about the Atlanta Cat Café.
KOWALSKI: Pretty unconscionable story however about the cats. For your penance, you’ll have to say five Hail Marys, five Our Fathers and do a story on the environmental damage that are done by house cats. Stinking, rotten, evil, horrible housecats, to birds and small reptiles, frogs and lizards.
CURWOOD: Rick emailed our comments line with related sentiments. “These invasive predators”, he writes, “are some of the deadliest threats to all kinds of small animals. And their owners who let them out are enablers.” Well, appreciation and criticism, we’re happy to have all comments. Please keep them coming. Email comments@LOE.org. Once again, comments@LOE.org. Or you can call our listener line, at 617-287-4121. That's 617-287-41-21.
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