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opinion | joan vennochi

Life with a killer cat

The death tally from “killer kitties” is somewhere between 1.4 and 3.7 billion birds a year and about 15 billion mammals, according to a new study done by animal ecologists for the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute.

In blog posts and other written protests, angry cat lovers rushed to defend their pets and disputed the study’s statistics. But in their hearts they know the truth. Give or take a billion, their cats are heartless hunters.

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