CATS Talk on the Steps by Amanda Chunco

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Dr. Amanda Chunco discusses why humans love cats in her Talk on the Steps for CATS, 12 February 2017, at the McCrary Theatre. Photo by Devin Kiernan.

Dr. Amanda Chunco, who teaches in Elon’s Environmental Studies Department, discusses the impact of human fascination with cats in her Talk on the Steps for Cats, 12 February 2017 at the McCrary Theatre. She explained how ancient humans welcomed domesticated cats as a vital part of agriculture, and reminded the audience that many organic farms today still use cats for pest control. She then explained the impact of domestic cats on our environment, how they are responsible for the extinction of thirty-three species, and how they kill billions of rodents, birds, and other small animals every year. In fact, if your cat goes outdoors, statistics hold that it makes a kill every seventeen hours. Dr. Chunco, an avid cat lover and wildlife biologist, concluded her talk by reminding us that collar bells and leashes are great ways to allow cats outdoors and also lessen their impact on the environment. 

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Dr. Amanda Chunco discusses domesticated cats’ impact on the environment in her Talk on the Steps for CATS, 12 February 2017 at the McCrary Theatre. Photo by Devin Kiernan.
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