Kill all stray cats and keep the rest indoors, says US academic

An American academic has recommended that all stray felines should be eradicated unless they can be found a home, because of the huge numbers of birds they kill.

Not only that, but Dr Peter Marra, the director of the Smithsonian migratory bird centre in Washington, says all domestic cats should be kept indoors or on a lead to stop the “devastating impact” they have on wildlife.

He also says they would benefit from being kept inside to protect them from catching disease from other animals..

Dr Marra’s controversial ideas are contained in his newly published book Cat Wars, in which he advocates rounding up all stray cats, getting them adopted and – if now owners can be found – euthanising them.