Jurisdynamics Network correspondent Dan Kowalski has directed my attention to this New York Times Magazine feature: Kill the Cat That Kills the Bird?:
[There is a] strange Sylvester-and-Tweety feud between birders and cat fanciers . . . . For more than 20 years, the two sides have exchanged accusations and insults over the issue of cats killing birds. Depending on whom you talk to, cats are either rhinestone-collared mass murderers or victims of a smear campaign waged by lowdown cat haters. The National Audubon Society has declared that “worldwide, cats may have been involved in the extinction of more bird species than any other cause, except habitat destruction.” The American Bird Conservancy, a smaller, feistier group, runs a campaign to persuade cat owners to lock up their pets.
Cat defenders respond: They’re cats! They chase birds.