Episode 5: Should cats be banned?


Cats are more popular than ever as pets, but conservationists are raising the alarm about the billions of birds and small mammals cats kill each year. The shocking numbers have led some to argue that it's time to eliminate outdoor cats, whether pets or ferals. But cat lovers say their felines friends are being scapegoated. Where do you stand on the great cat debate? Take our poll.
As we dive into the war between cats and birds (and the people who love them), we hear from Gareth Morgan about his campaign to eliminate outdoor cats in New Zealand. Slate magazine's science editor Laura Helmuth squares off against Becky Robinson of Alley Cat Allies. And bestselling author and anthrozoologist John Bradshaw's proposes his remedy for the killer cat problem.

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