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A new book published by Princeton University Press has enraged cat lovers and advocates alike by its dangerous and inflammatory prose.

Cat Wars: The Devastating Consequences of a Cuddly Killer by bird advocate Dr. Peter Marra, head of the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center, and writer Chris Santella is a tirade against outdoor cats. The book's extreme pro-bird and anit-cat views can be summarized in one horrific quote:

"From a conservation ecology perspective, the most desirable solution seems clear—remove all free-ranging cats from the landscape by any means necessary." (Cat Wars, pp. 152-153)

This proposal flies in the face of decades of animal rights and welfare legislation, giving carte-blanche to animal abusers who would kill cats and claim they were doing it to protect bird populations.

The book even recognizes that it is "difficult to identify with any precision the relative impact of a mortality factor, such as the free-ranging cat, to all birds that make these journeys over such large spatial areas and wide expanses of time [...]" (p. 57) Despite the lack of concrete evidence indicating cats are the sole or even primary reason for the decline in bird populations, Cat Wars advocates for the destruction of outdoor cats.

Its unregulated, "by any means necessary" approach ignores the effectiveness of Trap, Neuter, and Return (TNR) programs for managing feral cat populations and the important role they play in preventing a "vacuum effect" of prey species overpopulation. According to Cat Wars, any cat found outdoors is a problem and should be "removed."

These extreme views are too dangerous to be ignored! Join the boycott against Cat Wars: The Devastating Consequences of a Cuddly Killer and the Princeton University Press and speak out against the book and publisher to your family and friends! We can't let Marra, Santella, or the Princeton University Press get away with or profit from the deaths of all outdoor cats!

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To the Princeton University Press,

I am writing today to express my complete disgust with your publication of Cat Wars: The Devastating Consequences of a Cuddly Killer. This poorly researched tirade against outdoor cats is dangerous to the wellbeing and safety of cats across the country.

You should be ashamed for your role in helping spread these vile ideas!

The book recognizes that it is "difficult to identify with any precision the relative impact of a mortality factor, such as the free-ranging cat, to all birds that make these journeys over such large spatial areas and wide expanses of time [...]" (p. 57) Despite the lack of concrete evidence indicating cats are the sole or even primary reason for the decline in bird populations, Cat Wars advocates for the destruction of outdoor cats.

Its unregulated, "by any means necessary" approach ignores the effectiveness of Trap, Neuter, and Return (TNR) programs for managing feral cat populations. According to Cat Wars, any cat found outdoors is a problem and should be "removed."

I will be boycotting this book and your press so long as you continue to publish it. I will also inform all my friends and family about this book's dangerous propositions and complete disregard for feline life.

Sincerely,

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Jun 22, 2018 Dominique Mas
Jun 21, 2018 Eva DeRoche
Jun 21, 2018 J L
Jun 20, 2018 Tina Watkins
Jun 20, 2018 Jim Bodsberg
Jun 20, 2018 Wendy Lukowitz
Jun 19, 2018 Beverly. Speirs
Jun 19, 2018 Sarah Barrett
Jun 19, 2018 Maria Manzo I am an animal lover and an advocate for their walefre too but in the pyramid mamals are more inteligent than birds therefore lt them eat and survive
Jun 19, 2018 Elena Sorokina
Jun 19, 2018 Sandy Lynch
Jun 19, 2018 Erin Faz
Jun 19, 2018 Jack Martin
Jun 19, 2018 Patti Barnes
Jun 19, 2018 John Frevert
Jun 19, 2018 carla howard
Jun 19, 2018 george papafloratos
Jun 18, 2018 Pamela Hermes Circle of Life, Natures cycle, etc. Nobody worries when hawks eat other birds. Everything needs to eat.
Jun 18, 2018 Michelle Townsend
Jun 18, 2018 Michelle Dingman
Jun 18, 2018 Kathy Baer
Jun 18, 2018 Bernie Doherty
Jun 17, 2018 Jennifer Evans
Jun 16, 2018 Gina Nanarjain
Jun 16, 2018 Karen Atkinson Are they out of their minds? Why would it help ecology and conservation to destroy the outdoor and wild cats?!
Jun 12, 2018 Angie Hyde
Jun 11, 2018 Karen Ferko You are an embarrassment to education and the Presbyterians who founded your school.
Jun 11, 2018 HSIU CHUI
Jun 11, 2018 JANICE CHUI
Jun 10, 2018 Sophie Avoustin
Jun 10, 2018 Jill Tew
Jun 9, 2018 suzanne caruso
Jun 8, 2018 Yvonne Fourgous
Jun 7, 2018 Leslie Carver Correct me if I'm wrong--I didn't go to Princeton--but wasn't there a cull of cats in London just before the first outbreak of bubonic plague? Again, correct me if I'm wrong, but that didn't go well, did it? It still exists and there's no vaccine. Hmm...
Jun 7, 2018 Christy Starbuck
Jun 7, 2018 Carol Felicello
Jun 7, 2018 Stacey Lightfoot
Jun 6, 2018 carole MASSENET
Jun 4, 2018 Mollie Vreeland
Jun 3, 2018 Millamaria Vaittinen
Jun 2, 2018 Sue Lindley
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May 31, 2018 Dennis Fuller
May 31, 2018 Andreja Stimac
May 31, 2018 Pauline Desilets
May 30, 2018 Stephanie Black-Mcdonald
May 30, 2018 Summer Patterson
May 30, 2018 Julie Matewicz
May 30, 2018 keely gililland
May 30, 2018 kim runnoe

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