Should cats be kept indoors to protect birds and other animals?
Let's face it. Cats are killers when it comes to birds and small animals. Experts say domestic cats are a major threat to many small bird species. Yet, as human societies evolved, domestic cats played a valuable role in keeping rodents in check. Some people believe that to deprive a cat of its natural birthright as hunter is a form of torture.
How should we look at this problem? We love birds. We love cats. Should cat owners be forced by local governments to keep their cats indoors? If so, is it fair to have them de-clawed to keep them from destroying furniture? Are there ways to give indoor cats the opportunity to express their natural hunting instincts without a tweety-bird in a cage? How do we balance the rights of different members of the animal kingdom?