Rights of Cats – level 3
A recent study in Oxford’s Journal for Environmental Law suggests that letting cats roam freely outside can damage biodiversity.
The lawyers behind this article say that if the owner of a cat lets it stay outside knowing that it can damage biodiversity, it can be considered breaking a law.
Outdoor cats in the UK are estimated to kill tens of millions of birds a year. The most commonly killed species are house sparrows, blue tits, blackbirds and starlings.
An EU spokesperson said that the European Commission supports free movement rights, including movement of cats.
Difficult words: roam (to move from place to a place without purpose), biodiversity (the variety of plants and animals in the world), leash (a piece of rope that is used for leading an animal).
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