Cats are a strangely aggressive species, according to the Polish Institute of Science
Experts from the Polish Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Nature Conservation recently concluded that cats – many people’s pets – are a “peculiar invasive species”, arguing that this classification is due to ” effects that cats have on the population”. and other animals.
According to APNews, the finding trumps the consensus of the scientific community, revealing that domestic cats “hunt and kill large numbers of birds and small mammals.” Wojciech Solarz, the biologist responsible for introducing domestic cats to the scientific institute’s list of invasive species, says the cats comply “100%” with behavioral criteria, despite being the target of heavy criticism from share of the Polish population. This defines an invasive species.
Veterinarian Dorota Suminska, who took part in the televised debate opposite the biologist, notes that “the decrease in biodiversity must be due to pollution and buildings, in front of which many birds crash and die”. Additionally, Suminska believes that humans “also meet all the criteria to be considered an invasive species, but they are not on this list.”
In an effort to defuse the controversy, the Polish Institute for Nature Conservation has publicly explained that it opposes “all cruelty to animals” and “should not classify the cat as an invasive alien species”. according to the German newspaper. Encourage mistreatment of this breed. The agency also said the domestic cat was considered an “exotic” breed, brought to Europe from the Middle East around 10,000 years ago. Therefore, the species is considered exotic “from a purely scientific point of view”.
Wojciech Solarz advises cat owners to reduce the time they spend outdoors to reduce impacts on populations of other species, “particularly during bird breeding season”.
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