What struck me...was the role of cat advocates... The people who feed feral cats drive the numbers even higher, and ... dispute any science that gets in the way of what they want to believe.
And in this (admittedly narrow) political area ... they're quite powerful...
I don't know of any attempts to measure the cat advocates, but I imagine it's possible that this type of denialism may be found predominantly on the left...
Since the activist left actively seeks to move its opponents out of controversy and into jail, it may soon seek to do the same to cat owners: the Institute for Energy Research reports energy companies pay heavy fines as accessories to birdslaughter:
Fines for Killing Birds Besides BP being fined $100 million for killing and harming migratory birds during the 2010 Gulf oil spill, in 2009, Exxon Mobil paid $600,000 for killing 85 birds in five states and PacifiCorp, which operates coal plants, paid more than $10.5 million for electrocuting 232 eagles that landed on power lines at its substations. The first wind farms to be fined took place in November 2013 when Duke Energy paid a $1 million fine for killing 14 eagles and 149 other birds at two wind farms in Wyoming from 2009 to 2013
Other Bird and Mammal Deaths According to... a 2013 report from scientists from the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute and FWS, stray and outdoor pet cats kill a median of 2.4 billion birds and 12.3 billion mammals... annually.That all birds are created equal amounts to a founding principle of bird torts in American courts, and no true democrat would discount the life of a vole, mouse or mole relative to that of a cat or rat. With the American eagle established as the gold standard of animal weregeld by EPA V. PacifiCorp each dead bird and mammal deserves reparation to the tune of forty-five thousand two hundred and six dollars and 90 cents, exclusive of legal fees and court costs.
This leaves every cat owner who lets the kitty out liable for their annual share of $ 108 trillion in birdslaughter fines and a parallel 554 trillion dollar small furry creature bill. Dividing this 662 trillion debt among 42.9 million culpable cat owners means they may owe the Treasury upwards of $ 15,000,000 annually for as long as the carnage continues.
On the up side, at a constant rate of fine collection, this should liquidate America's national debt in just over ten days.